Contrary to my profile, my son with autism is
now sixteen. He still struggles with
comprehension. And I struggle with my
computer and blogger. Hence, no posts
in forever. Now and then I add to the
Facebook Page, mainly local events.
Reading Comprehension is a many-
faceted beast. Most of us don't realize
that. I sure didn't. For someone with
autism, there can be many stumbling
An early goal (age six maybe?) was
helping him differentiate between fact
and opinion. In reading, this is similar
to dividing texts into non-fiction and
fiction. This, of course, is the barest
In an old post, I talked about having him
act out texts. At this point, this is more
distracting than helpful. He is fascinated
by the envelope of meaning. If spoken, by
rhythm, rhyme, and tone. If written, by
syllable count, chapter and page number,
and word play (including rhymes, puns,
assonance, alliteration, etcetera).
Meaning does not interest him.
His current tutor hopes to give him the
authorial perspective - what does the author
want to do?
Since I find this somewhat dense going
myself (is this passage meant to inform?
explain? entertain? why can't it be all
three?) I am unsure of my ability to
assist in this enterprise. But by all means,
if he will go there, let's go!
What about you? Are you a reader with
autism, or do you have a reader with autism
in your life? Do you have questions?