To get started all you need is a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Then just sign up for a free trial, add a reader account (or more than one) and the ASD Reading program will take care of the rest. If your child is not reading, or have minimal reading and writing skills, then the program will start them off at the very beginning. If your child is capable of reading and writing, there is a short skills survey that will determine the best place for them to begin.
The length of time a child will need to complete the program varies depending on their skills. To complete the entire set of components takes about 12-15 months, assuming a child completes four to five sessions a week. Many children, who are motivated to do more than one session a day can complete the program in as few as 3-6 months.
If you are using desktop computers (Windows, Mac, Chromebook) we recommend using a mouse instead of a trackpad, or other pointing device, because it's easier for children to operate). If you are using a notebook (laptop) computer we recommend using an external mouse. Your computer or tablet does not have to be the latest or best one (though newer and faster is preferable).
It does not have to be the best and fastest connection. Any connection will work (though faster is preferable).
(Such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer). Most computers already have this installed.
It's important that the room offer a quiet atmosphere and a clear work surface. Multiple computers or tablets can be used in one location as long as the children have headphones to listen to the audio.
Adult supervision is required at the beginning of the program. Once a child has become familiar with the program, he or she may be able to use it completely independently. However, depending on your child's behavior and capacity to work in a self-directed manner, an adult may need to be present at all sessions.
Most students using the program will be 4 years of age or older. However if a child of 3 years is not speaking and is capable of paying attention for at least 5 minutes at a time, it is worthwhile trying the program. Through its use, the children can develop complex language, even in the absence of speech. The benefits for communication and overall development are enormous. The ability to use a mouse with some adult assistance as outlined in the program's included instructions is fine.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to use the program regularly. Using the program once per day 4 days per week is far superior to using the program 4 times in one day. The more a child uses the program (5, 6 or even 7 days per week), the faster the progress.