During my last course in graduate school, I had the opportunity to take a course about reading and how children with autism really struggle to learn how to read. Based upon my research, it is often recommended that reading instruction for children with autism needs to be based upon repetitive systematic instruction and visual supports should be frequently used. Visual supports help a child with autism to attend better to what is being read or taught.
I also found that it is recommended that reading instruction should be as engaging and as fun as possible. All of this will significantly increase the potential for a child with autism to learn how to read.
Since Pumpkin has been in public school this year, I did not really have the time to work with her on her reading skills the way I wanted to. When I received the reports telling me how behind Pumpkin was in reading, I knew I had to do something. In the past when we homeschooled, I had tried a variety of online learning to read programs with Pumpkin. Only one of those programs seemed to help her to make true progress in her ability to read. So, I signed Pumpkin back up for this program because it was easy to fit into our busy schedule. The online reading program is called, "Reading Eggs."
Based upon what I learned from my reading course, I quickly noticed that Reading Eggs followed the recommendations set forth from the research I had done. The lessons are somewhat repetitive. Although, not so much that the child quickly becomes bored.. But just enough so that the child has enough time to review it before taking a quiz to move onto another land. The child can take the lessons as many times as you need to for practice. Another thing is that the program is incredibly visual. Each lesson is fun and engaging and my daughter is immediately drawn into the fun characters that Reading Eggs has created.
What's great is that Reading Eggs can be used with children from age 3 to 13! There are a lot of areas a child can play in to learn all the skills they need in order to become successful readers.
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With Reading Eggs, Pumpkin can work on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension in a fun and engaging way. Reading Eggs also improves a child's computer mouse skills as well!
In addition to the main reading lessons, Reading Eggs has a variety of areas just for fun in the playroom and arcade. My daughters absolute favorite part of this area is her "house" and Reggie's Shop. Each child can dress up their own avatar and go shopping to decorate their house and dress their avatar. During each lesson the child earns reading eggs that they can use to buy things for their house or avatar or to play games in the arcade. I love that Reading Eggs has built in a type of reward for completing lessons.
The progress that Pumpkin is making with Reading Eggs is very impressive. When we started using the program in April, the beginning assessment on Reading Eggs told me Pumpkin's reading level was that of a 5 year, one month old. She is now at a 5 year, five month old. She has gained four months in just a little over a month (using one lesson each day for five days a week)! I cannot promise that your child will make the same amount of progress. However, Reading Eggs has worked really well for Pumpkin.
If you'd like to try Reading Eggs with your child, the company has generously offered my readers the opportunity to try out their program for a one month free trial that will expire June 17, 2013. To start your free trial, sign up for Reading Eggs by clicking the logo below.
Enter promo code: BGE36USA during sign up.
Also, be sure to check out their new math program called, "Math Seeds." It is just as cute and fun as the Reading Eggs program. Math Seeds is geared towards children aged 3 to 6 years old. They plan to add more soon so older children can also play. You can get a free trial for it as well on the Math Seeds website. Pumpkin loves this program just as much as Reading Eggs. :)
For those of you who try Reading Eggs, I hope it works just as well for you as it has worked for our family.
Disclaimer: The company provided me with a free trial period in order to review their program. All opinions are mine and are not influenced in any way by the company.