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What are some ways that you can help your child with reading comprehension?

I have a child with autism, and reading comprehension and retaining written language is very difficult for her.


Asked by momtoyoung at 12:19 AM on Feb. 15, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Read together and then discuss what you have read. Find out what she comprehended and if she isn't lead her with questions. Then reread and find the answers she did not know or that she got wrong.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 12:25 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Maybe pictures of what certain things are?

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 12:20 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Simplicity3

    Answer by Simplicity3 at 12:29 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Reading out loud.

    She reads to you. You read to her. Every single day. You can committ to 10 mintues each day. It will make all the difference.

    Answer by ecodani at 12:20 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Try sequencing cards and very simple basic stories, one's that are below her reading level so she doesn't struggle at all with any words. If she's reading on a 1st grade level for example you give her a kindergarden level book. Pre-make sequencing cards, cards that depict the main events of the story in chronological order. Then after reading the story, mix the cards up and have her place the cards in order, and discuss as much information as she can about each card. If she's struggling a lot with comprehension start with 3-4 cards total for the whole story. If its just she needs practice start with 5. If that's too easy increase the number, focusing on more minimal details, if this proves too difficult move back to 3 or 4. Ask who what when where and why questions when using the cards. Continue this practice and you should see an improvement.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 12:34 AM on Feb. 15, 2011