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Asperger’s & Autism in Children

Understanding Autism And Learning Disabilities

A commonality of errors across the autism spectrum is leading to new ways of helping individuals with  autism or learning disabilities associated with autism. While there are behaviors in the autism spectrum that require years of therapy and assistance in order to achieve significant progress, the processing delays creating this commonality of errors respond to treatment at an accelerated rate. These are cognitive skills that can be exercised and improved.

This is important, as these delays are the source of many of the reading and learning delays associated with autism. The opportunity exists to improve language, learning and reading efficiency, thereby making these skills less frustrating for autistic children and teenagers.

Understanding the Spectrum
Autism is a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features but with symptoms varying from child to child — the “spectrum” refers to the variety and mix of symptoms, not the level of severity. Autism Spectrum Disorder includes:

  • Autistic disorder (also called “classic” autism)
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS or atypical autism)

While the signs of autism vary, one common theme is difficulty with social interactions — in fact, this is the signature trait for Asperger syndrome.

The Importance of Processing

Processing delays are so common in autistic children that they are being investigated as a biomarker. This means early detection of a processing delay may allow for advanced detection of autism, therefore allowing for an earlier start on therapies to address the learning disabilities common in autistic children.

This new finding also opens up a new treatment path for autism. Processing is not hard-wired. It’s a cognitive skill that can be exercised and improved.

How We Help Autism

autism and learning disabilitiesAutism and learning disabilities and the behaviors associated with autism have a lot in common with the challenges experienced by neurotypical children. Therefore, many mainstream programs that help students with reading and learning challenges can help autistic children with two important provisos. The software must be:

  • Self-pacing — so that the autistic child can progress at his own pace.
  • Accessible — meaning that the autistic child can interact at the starting levels.

Fast ForWord software has gained traction as an autism software that helps language, reading and social confidence. This is because it targets processing and its adaptive algorithms add speed and complexity at the child’s own pace.

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