Reading Comprehension (with AD/HD, Dyslexia & Autism)
Reading comprehension relates to how language is processed in the brain and the resulting understanding of the written word. For children and adults with focus issues and learning disorders, reading comprehension is often decreased significantly. Conditions such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and autism can contribute to reduced focus, all too often resulting in poor reading skills. This is why Mrs. Brennan created the Reading Focus Card.
Learning & Reading Disabilities
Reading comprehension can be affected by the following challenges:
Comprehension problems are frequently related to ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. Reading comprehension requires sustained mental effort and attention. Understandably, an ADD, ADHD or an autistic reader by definition likely will struggle with these skills. Autism also is characterized by shortened attention spans. Dyslexia inhibits a reader to properly understand the text that is read because of the decoding issues involved.
Sometimes, ADHD and dyslexia co-exist. The task of reading comprehension is then much more difficult than having ADHD or dyslexia alone. This is a compounded problem because dyslexia does not necessarily respond to those interventions used for ADHD.
Autism & Reading Comprehension
Autism spectrum interventions often involve sensory input to enhance comprehension. Individuals with autism are very visual learners. The Reading Focus Card provides both visual and tactile stimulation that is not offensive to autistic readers and others with sensory issues. An autistic reader can have a short attention span, so reading comprehension can be very difficult. Helping an autistic individual stay involved in the reading is essential to improving comprehension.