Asperger’s & Autism in Children

Understanding Autism And Learning Disabilities

Our primary target for individuals with autism is reading and learning gains.

The identification of language processing delays as the in common source of errors across the autism spectrum is leading to new ways to help individuals with autism and learning disabilities associated with autism.  These processing delays will respond to treatment, these re cognitive skills that can be exercised and improved.

Therefore, the opportunity exists to improve language, learning and reading efficiency, thereby making these skills less frustrating for children and teenagers with autism.

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.

How We Help Autism

Processing delays are so prevalent in children with autism that they have been investigated as a biomarker, an early detection signal for autism. This finding opens up a new treatment path for autism symptoms and it is our starting point. Processing is not hard-wired. Therefore, gains are possible.

Autism and learning disabilities associated with autism have a lot in common with the challenges experienced by neurotypical children. However, for learning and reading software to be helpful for children on the autism spectrum  the software must be:

  • Self-pacing —  the child with autism can progress at his own pace.
  • Accessible — the child with autism can manage the starting levels.

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

To learn more watch this video or call for a free consultation.