More Fun Ways to Teach Sight Words to Kids With Autism

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There’s a bit of a controversy as to whether we should teach sight words or use the phonics method when teaching kids with autism how to read.

We’ve all heard that old, familiar saying, “When you’ve seen one person with autism, you’ve seen one person with autism.

I’m certain that this saying also holds true when teaching individuals with autism as well.

Because, just as each person with autism is unique, each person with autism also has unique learning styles.

I’ve spent many years trying to teach my daughter, Bethany, who has autism to read using the phonics method, all to no avail.

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Finally, after repeated failures and much consideration, I decided to teach sight words to Bethany instead and here’s why:

  • Even though Bethany was able to quickly and easily learn each letter sound, she has never been able to blend the sounds together to form words.
  • Bethany was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder.
  • It also became obvious that her language processing speed was extremely slow.
  • Even though each person with autism is unique,  most are visual learners rather than auditory learners.
  • Since phonics is an auditory method of teaching reading and teaching sight words is a visual method, it makes more sense to teach sight words to someone whose learning style is visual.

Even though, we’ve been teaching sight words to Bethany for a few years now, and she still has only learned a handful of sight words.

However, she has had more success learning to recognize a few sight words, than she ever did with phonics.

Check out my list below of some of the games and activities that I’ve used to teach sight words to Bethany.

Scroll down to the bottom to see Bethany happily learning using some of the following sight word games and activities!

 

 

 

 

 

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