Autism can present many challenges, especially when it comes to learning. Despite autism doesn’t always affect the child’s ability to learn, it often affects the way a child learns. And that can be especially important when it’s time to teach an autistic child to read and spell.
Many autistic children are visual thinkers they think in pictures instead of words. Other autistic children learn better through sound, and still, others learn best with touch. Many have problems getting sequences to stick in their memory banks, like long strings of words, numbers, or multi-step instructions. And differentiating between certain sounds can be difficult for the autistic child, which makes learning to read especially hard.