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reading comprehension/ vocabulary

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Posted Jul 06, 2008 at 11:17:13 PM
Subject: reading comprehension/ vocabulary

Hi All,

I've gone through the files and come up with some ideas about what to do but am not certain that they are right for my neighbor's son.

History -this boy has been diagnosed as high functioning autism, aspergers, sensory dysfunction, PDD-NOS, ADD, ADHD etc depending on who has done the testing. I think it is just important to know that he has reading comprehension problems and problems acquiring vocabulary. He reads at the second grade level but should be 6th grade level. Unlike many others people on the spectrum, he can decode but trips over big words.
He focuses wonderfully on the computer but does a bad job focusing with people.

I'm looking for a software program - preferably on-line - that will help his comprehension and vocabulary - things like inferences and getting the main idea.

Any suggestions?


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Posted:Jul 06, 2008 11:43:54 PM

Well, I didn't have anything in my files so I did a google search for Reading and Comp. I found a LOT of free worksheets.

As for on-line stuff, I found a sample from a company selling a reading comp program - http://www.readingcomprehensionconnection.com/

http://www.time4learning.com/readingpyramid/Comprehension.htm This one is totally online but requires a membership fee.

http://www.mrnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex.htm This one has a free subscription for parents/homeschoolers. It doesn't allow for some of the snazzier features but might be enough for what you need.

Those are just a few. Hope that helps.

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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Posted:Aug 05, 2008 12:40:00 PM

My physician stated that my son's textbooks can be used as audiotape on his IEP plan if necessary. Also, Hartcourt has a section of high frequency and low vocabulary books to buy. So, my son can learn about rockets and have a book with simple vocabulary words. She also suggested for me to sign up with the Library for the Blind and Learning Disabled. So, as he moves up through the grades, he can read "To kill a mockingbird" on audiotape.

My son also gets private tutoring which is a multisensory approach. He enters the third grade and he is reading at a first grade level. He has low language scores and low memory scores.

Let us know how things are going and which methods are working for him.


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