If the Skills Survey determines that a child needs to develop the visual sequencing and memory skills of reading, he or she is guided to the Seeing Sequences format.
Reading requires a different way of viewing the visual world. From the start of life, when we see items that are grouped together, we learn that their sequence, or order, doesn't matter. For example:
Our experience has taught us that these are all the "same" group of birds. The order they appear in doesn't make any difference. However, when we learn how to read, suddenly, the sequence of the objects becomes essential. Sequencing is what allows us to read the same letter combinations as different words by changing their order - as you can see in these words:
These differences in sequencing are obvious to us, but not to a young child who has not yet learned to read. Amazingly, children are not taught this essential aspect of reading. However, in the Seeing Sequences format of ASD Reading, children easily and rapidly acquire the visual scanning and memory skills required for reading words and sentences. Smooth sequencing skills prevent numerous reading problems later.
In this format, a child is asked to reproduce sequences of letters in left to right order that build up from two-to-four elements by both copying from a model and then recalling the sequence from memory.
First a child is shown a sequence which he or she must replicate by clicking on the same letters in the row underneath in correct left to right order.
Next the child has to retain the sequence in mind, so the top row disappears before the child must again select the correct letters in left to right order. This develops the memory skills that are key to effective reading.
Length of time to complete
This format has 4 levels, and a child who is assigned to do this format (based on the Skills Survey) will do either 2 or 4 of the levels. Most children require 6-12 sessions to complete a level. This segment generally takes 2-5 weeks. (Please note that if the Skills Survey determines that a child will benefit from doing both Seeing Sequences and Letter Land, they will be done simultaneously, which speeds up the process.)