Books and other materials for young children with autism should motivate, make learning meaningful

From "My First Words Touch and Feel Pictures Cards,"

Studies show that enjoyment and success in reading early on are major factors in predicting how well young children will readin the future, which is especially true for children with autism and other special needs.

In addition to motivation, children with autism usually need to have new concepts broken down into simple steps for them to be successful.

To learn pre-reading and early reading skills, books with few ideas per page, large text, colorful pictures, and tactile textures can help keep the interest of children with autism. Lyrical language and rhymes can help kids memorize word families, hold their attention and keep them motivated.

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