Question by  shortstuf986 (27)

Can children who suffer from autism learn how to read?


Answer by  timeismoney (994)

In general, the answer is yes, but this can depend on the severity of the autism or on what conditions co-exist with it. Many autistic people read well. But autism can co-exist with mental retardation and/or severe learning disabilities. In addition, it can be very difficult to help an autistic child attend closely enough to instruction to learn to read.


Answer by  Lauren99 (47)

Autism is a spectrum disorder and can be moderate to severe. A person with autism can learn anything that a "regular" child can, it may just take them a lot more time and effort.


Answer by  dcin (169)

People who are considered to have high functioning autism can learn how to read. Some like Temple Grandin have become authors in their own right. We don't know what some are able to do though until it is at least attempted.


Answer by  sara99 (851)

Autistic children can learn any skill just in a manner common to the child. Maybe reading to music, on swings, in the grass. The key is to find the common.

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