Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Imagining the World-Concept Imagery

Visualizing and Verbalizing: For Language Comprehension and Thinking
If your child reads words easily and well,
your child understands symbol imagery.
Children with dyslexia struggle with
symbol imagery.
If your child comprehends what they read,
your child understands concept imagery.
Children with hyperlexia may struggle
with concept imagery.
So, anyway, posits one school of thought
about reading.

Children (with or without autism) 
may struggle with either, both, or neither.

Symbol imagery receives the most attention
in reading programs. But children with
Asperger's or HFA (high functioning autism)
frequently struggle not to read the words, 
but to make sense of the whole.

That's my son.
He has completed a school year of Bell's 
Visualizing and Verbalizing sessions. Unlike
the claims on the website, his reading 
comprehension has not jumped back up to
grade level.
Instead, he reads slower and more carefully.
He knows the author wants him to enter
the world of the book and he sometimes
says he is trying to imagine or see something
described.  Like an elephantElephants: A Book for Children
or night. When di Camillo described a 
purple night sky, he went in and out
of the house with us every 45 minutes
to try to find a time when the sky looked
Purple Skypurple.

-Spectrum Mom

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