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    Default New to site - Child with Aspergers....Anyone else?

    Hello,

    My son has Aspergers but is having difficulties with Reading Comprehension. Any suggestions because he is getting frustrated already and we just started. Math isn't an issue, neither is reading but Comprehension.....I'm at my wits end right now, I started him on this because of different issues in his school. He is being teased and made fun of and his teacher is not helping. I'm starting now as a supplement, trying to have him finish out the year. Then it's all homeschool, He wants it, I think it will be easier on him. It hurts so much to see my son miserable, a child who LOVES learning..... Anyone have any suggestions or similiar experiences?

    Thanks for reading..
    Autism should be UNDERSTOOD.....NOT cured.....

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    Hi my name is Katie and I too have an aspergers child with comprehension issues as well. He also has a LD when it comes to reading and language understanding so what I do with him may not exactly work for you. I'm going to get a few things together and reply to this again after I get some notes together. I know that is I read it to him it helps him to understand it. When he reads it himself he gets frustrated that there are anxiety issues and then he also gets mad and he'll say that the story is wrong and the "they" don't make any sense. I'm sorry if I am all over the place with this message, it's been a LONG day! LOL

    Here are a few sites that discuss and offer help with comprehension.
    Reading Rockets: Search Reading Rockets

    Reading Rockets: Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

    WowzaBrain: Improve Your Child's Reading Skills, Speed, & Comprehension

    Search results - FreeReading

    Teaching Reading Comprehension to Aspergers Student

    Reading Comprehension Of Asperger Children - a comprehensive view - Wellsphere

    My Aspergers Child: Teaching Students with Asperger Syndrome: Guidelines for Educators

    I have recently had some reevaluations done with the school before I took him out... again to homeschool him. They did some testing on his executive functioning. So, I know with my sons comprehension... he is so literal that even though he's repeating things back to me he's really not getting it. Also, his management and organizational skills or lack there of hold him back with the reading comprehension. We see an Aspergers Therapist, and we are going to discuss his results next week. I'll share any ideas he gives me. I know I have books about homeschooling aspergers children and there may be some resources in there. I also have a file that I got from the HSLDA special education department that also have tips and resources.


    My son (and other children) are so much happier and healthier homeschooling!
    I can get into more of my story with all that another time.
    I'll get the other info together since I need to get it organized for myself and send it. I hope we can help each other!

    Katie

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    I responded to this thread with a bunch of sites as resources and I don't see it. Do you? LOL I can post it again but I hate that!

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    I too have an aspergers son (8 1/2 years old) with reading disabilities. I think it's because of his executive functioning and that he takes things so literal. If I read him the passage and we discuss it in terms I know he understands rather then him just repeating things back to me we both feel that he understands it better. He's more a of a visual learner. He never cared too much about cartoons (except tom and jerry LOL) but always watches history and science channels and retains the information. I recently took him back out of school after trying the school system once again thinking I had got my point across about the education that he needed and what I was dealing with at home, but no. Since taking both him and my DD (5 1/2) out of school, I have a MUCH happier and healthier household! I have a few books about Homeschooling your Aspergers Child I'll go through a bit in the next few days to see what resources they suggest but for now I found a few articles about helping with reading comprehension.

    Reading Comprehension Of Asperger Children - a comprehensive view - Wellsphere

    My Aspergers Child: Teaching Students with Asperger Syndrome: Guidelines for Educators

    Teaching Reading Comprehension to Aspergers Student

    Search results - FreeReading

    WowzaBrain: Improve Your Child's Reading Skills, Speed, & Comprehension

    Reading Rockets: Search Reading Rockets

    Dianne Craft - Solutions for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and struggling learners. (I am a member of the HSLDA and Dianne Craft is part of their special needs team. She has sent me files and tips to help with my son. I can check those out if any of them pertain to this and send them to you also.)

    I hope some of this helps. I know the struggle! He's awesome in math but hates the reading! Hopefully after I go over some testing results with the Asperger Specialist/Therapist for my DS next week I'll have more info to share with you.

    Katie

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    This is likely due to "theory of mind" issues. Can your son answer literal, fact based questions after reading, or is he having difficulty only with inferring or abstract reasoning? A core deficit of ASDs is inability to see things from someone else's perspectives.

    I can give you a free consultation, I am a full-time Autism Consultant working with public schools. I know that consultation is very expensive, but hey, my first one is free

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    I am happy that you ladies posted these resources on here. I have been reading books about the different "special" needs. My 5 yo son definitely has something going on, but nobody will diagnose him or even see him for anything. They all say he is "high functioning". I believe he has some type of sensory processing disorder just by the checklist of signs and symptoms. He is epileptic as well. The thing that clued me into all of this is the way that he acts with things like clothes, tags, and how he plays with toys. He also has an EXPLOSIVE temper that I have never seen in a 5 yo. Any advice would be great!
    Mother to Scarlett 8, Michael 5, and Steven 21 months

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