The Northern School for Autism has a number of Literacy Programs that cater for the diverse needs of our learners. They include:
Whole Word Approach to Reading
Early Literacy Skills Builder Program
Early Reading Skills Builder Program
Why do we use it?
Many children with ASD will find it easier and more efficient to learn to read by first recognising whole words, and then working backward from the whole word to the sounds contained in words. For many of our students, learning the letters and their sounds is initially too abstract.
This is a program that uses Direct Instruction to teach early literacy skills. A Frog Puppet called ‘Moe’ is the main character in the reading materials and supports student engagement in activities.
The ELSB program has 2 distinct lesson types:
1. Building With Sounds and Symbols
2. Building with Stories:
Structured and Systematic Phonics and Sight Word Instruction using iPad App, Flashcards, Reading Books & Writing Books. NSA also includes hands on materials and activities to support generalisation of skills.
The Four Blocks Framework represents four different approaches to teaching children to read, providing students with a range of learning experiences to support various learning preferences and profiles. The framework can also cater for a wide variety of literacy levels across the classroom.
The Four Blocks of Literacy are:
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