A unique workbook program to build story comprehension in children with autism spectrum disorders by:
Dr. Marion Blank &
Dr. Laura Berlin
Internationally Renowned Authors of the
Preschool Language Assessment Instrument (PLAI)
For children with autism, even those with relatively high levels of language ability, difficulties in story comprehension often persist—holding up a child’s progress both academically and in social exchange.
Now through the totally new approach offered in Steps to Stories, these problems can be overcome.
Here is a boy.
He is on a pony.
He wants to get down.
But he is little.
He cannot reach the ground.
The man is looking.
This boy has been riding a pony.
He is finished riding and is trying to get off.
But he has a problem doing that.
He is little and his legs do not reach the ground.
The man is watching the boy.
He understands what the boy wants to do
If your child can understand and use sentences of 4 to 5 words, then (s)he is ready to begin Steps to Stories at Module I. Sentences of the type we are talking about are: There is a lady. She has a dog. They are walking. Your child does not have to produce sentences like these spontaneously. If he or she can imitate them, then the program is likely to be of major benefit.
If your child has difficulty in understanding and reporting what s/he reads or has read to him/her, then the program is likely to be productive and lead to major gains in language and communication.
As the sample page illustrates, the sentences in Module II are longer and more complex than those in Module I. They allow children who already have relatively rich skills to apply these skills so as to comprehend the language of books.
Yes, you can! The entire program can be carried out by having your child write his/her responses--either via handwriting or the computer. Directions in the program guide tell you exactly what to do.
As a child advances in the program, over a period of two to three months, you will see that he or she
Purchase includes license for personal use (one child) only. For multiple children, please purchase multiple licenses (contact us for volume discounts).
Dr. Marion Blank is a world-renowned literacy and language expert on the faculty of Columbia University where she created and directed the Light on Learning Program. She has lectured extensively around the world, authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and books and developed numerous award winning teaching programs (including the ground-breaking reading education site, ReadingKingdom.com). She is a recipient of the Upton Sinclair Award which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to education.
Dr. Laura Berlin is a psychologist specializing in the development of language and learning. She has collaborated with Dr. Blank on a number of key projects including the Preschool Language Assessment Instrument (PLAI and PLAI-2), a widely-used test that assesses the verbal communication skills of preschool age children. She has served on a wide range of committees aimed at improving educational and health services in Connecticut where she currently resides.
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