The Symbol Accentuation Reading Program

The Symbol Accentuation (SA) Reading Program was developed in an effort to teach very limited, developmentally delayed children (with IQs in the 30 to 45 range) how to read. The advantage of working with such a population is that one can quickly discover the obstacles to finding meaning in printed words. However, before discussing these obstacles, we will describe two Figure 1 0.7 Created by Amit, a three-year-old autistic Israeli boy, among his first representational drawings Figure 1 0.7...

The beached whale syndrome

While not a tantrum, certain children generally quite large and heavy engage in a passive behavior, which has the effect of making it impossible for the teacher to continue working with them. This behavior consists of a large child flopping down on the floor, refusing to move, and passively resisting all efforts to be moved. Teachers, frustrated at their inability to physically move the child, called on me for cues as to how to deal with this behavior. Having worked with a number of such...