Reading Devices for ASD


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can face distinct challenges in learning to read. ASD is a spectrum, so the range of challenges is different for every child. But for many young children with ASD, it affects the development of foundational language and social skills. This impacts reading readiness, comprehension skills, and a child's overall approach to learning.

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Use pictures and flashcards

Many children with autism are visual learners and benefit when a whole word is accompanied by its picture. Remember to present the picture and the printed word on the same side of the card if using flashcards. This is a great way to build vocabulary.

Talking Teacher With Talking Pen

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Abbreviation expanders

Used with word processing, these software programs allow a user to create, store, and re-use abbreviations for frequently-used words or phrases. This can save the user keystrokes and ensure proper spelling of words and phrases he has coded as abbreviations.

The Whisper Phone

The Whisper Phone is a tool used to support whisper reading for your child with autism. It looks like a toy phone and there is also a headset. Like a regular phone, the child holds the Whisper Phone up to their ear and as they speak into it, their voice is amplified and they can listen to themselves read.

Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries

Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries can help a poor speller select or identify appropriate words and correct spelling errors during the process of writing and proofreading. Talking devices "read aloud" and display the selected words onscreen, so the user can see and hear the words.

Variable-speed tape recorders

Tape recorders/players allow a user to listen to pre-recorded text or to capture spoken information (e.g., a classroom lecture) and play it back later. Variable speed control (VSC) tape recorders speed up or slow down the playback rate without distorting the "speaker's" voice.

Speech-recognition programs

A speech recognition program works in conjunction with a word processor. The user "dictates" into a microphone, and his spoken words appear on the computer screen as text. This can help a user whose oral language ability is better than his writing skills.

Accessibility and educational solutions

Keedogo Plus

Keedogo Plus is an iPad keyboard with word prediction designed for children and young students.To activate your keyboard and use it in apps, you need to enable the keyboard in the Settings app on your device.


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Finding the right words to say can be a challenge, but typing doesn’t have to be. This accessible keyboard is designed to make typing in almost any iOS app easier and faster for people with physical and vision impairments.


Create and share visual stories and schedules with this app for iOS. Adding your own pictures, videos and recordings to stories you create makes it easier to share information while building literacy skills, as well as confidence in storytelling.

Talk Pad--Phonics

Phonics is described as "the study of the way in which spellings represent ... The association -- of correct pronunciation and correct spelling with non-phonetic words -- is committed to ... is exactly the way teachers and tutors show the different phonemes, on a white board, a note pad, and on sound cards

Overhead projector: Billy, a child with autism, expressed extreme interest and motivation to the use of this teaching device, calling it "the most beautiful T.V. screen I have ever seen". Most academic areas lend themselves to the use of an overhead projector: Allowing the child to do math work on overhead transparencies Teaching the child spelling words via the overhead projector Focusing on reading comprehension by having the child fill-in-the blank for various questions regarding understanding of previously read materials Focusing on mechanics of writing using the overhead projector.

Overhead projector:

An overhead projector (OHP), like a film or slide projector, uses light to project an enlarged image on a screen, allowing the view of a small document or picture to be shared with a large audience.

Electronic Dictionary – with or without voice An electronic dictionary is a dictionary whose data exists in digital form and can be accessed ... Some of the features of hand held dictionaries include stroke order animations, voice output, handwriting recognition .

Puzzle Pieces laptop for Autistic kids

Research on the use of computers with students with autism revealed the following: Increase in focused attention Increase in overall attention span Increase in in-seat behavior Increase in fine motor skills Increase in generalization skills (from computer to related non-computer activities) Decrease in agitation Decrease in self-stimulatory behaviors Decrease in perseverative responses Many students with autism are highly interested and motivated by computers. Therefore, computers should be infused into the child's daily curriculum, not used solely for reward or recreational purposes. Computer assisted learning can focus on numerous academic areas as well as provide an appropriate independent leisure time activity for people with autism. Camilla K. Hileman states that computers are motivating to children with autism, due to their predictability and consistency, compared to the unpredictable nature of human responses. The computer does not send confusing social messages. The computer places the child in control, allowing for the child to become an independent learner


A Specially Designed Program for Kids with Autism"Quite Impressive"

The app developed by AutiSpark for children with ASD is quite impressive in terms of concept, colour, content and graphics. The children with whom I am working, find the app very useful and they were interested to repeat the activities shown in the app. The parents of children with ASD expressed their happiness with regard to the app

Voice In The Box: This motivating device can be used in numerous ways to focus on various academic skills. Example: Varied levels of reading comprehension skills can be addressed from matching simple single pictures to corresponding written words, to questions regarding various written information (e.g., Animal pictures are velcroed to a top-to bottom button column on the Voice In the Box, with corresponding words recorded under each button. When the child presses one of the pictures, such as "dog", the recorded button message says "dog, find the word dog". The child must then choose which written word matches the picture and its auditory message, and place that written word (using Velcro) on the blank button next to the picture of the "dog". When the child places the written word, "dog", on the blank button, the button responds with a prerecorded message of "d-o-g, dog".

File Folder Activities: The use of file folder activities can assist the child to independently focus on numerous academic tasks. Long strips of Velcro are placed on the inside pages of a laminated file folder. Matching tasks focusing on colors, shapes, alphabet letters, common nouns, familiar people, categories, relations (e.g., shoes and socks) etc. can be developed for the child, as well as focusing on reading comprehension skills, math skills, generalization skills, etc.

Bar Magnifier

Bar magnifiers rest directly on the reading material and can offer a lower power, wide line of magnification. Bar magnifiers sometimes have shading to help focus the eye on a single line of text, or sometimes they will have a reading line or a guiding line

Rebus supports

It is a Low/High Tech Tools for pairing words with visuals, paper and electronic symbol andAutism Social Skill Lessons These one-page, rebus-supported stories help students understand and use appropriate behavior and social skills.

Portable Word Processor

Keyboard with small LED screen Poor fine motor or motor planning skills for writing

Tabletop Magnet Set - Sentence Builder

The tabletop magnet set is a great tool to develop early sentence-building skills. It also expands vocabulary, creative writing, reading, and spelling skills.

Rock N Learn- Reading Comprehension

This highly engaging DVD appeals to the most diverse learners, especially those with special needs! Nobody's sharper than Marko the Pencil when it comes to helping students learn to read for meaning and prepare for tests. His tips are super effective and his outrageous antics keep students on task. With Marko's guidance, students ace a practice test by learning how to read passages, find key words, and determine the best answers.

Franklin Digital reading pen Anybook Anybook Reader

Audio Digital Reading Pen DRP-5100UseThe Anybook audio pen can be found anywhere, where a voice or free promotion is desirable. Through the 100% individual content assignment are you no limits. The recording The Anybook audio pen is a voice output device in the shape of a pen, which your words, pages, pictures, songs, Task Schedules, work stations or objects compose them. Any object pasted it simply with a sticker.

VIDEO TAPING Children with autism are often highly interested, motivated and thus attentive to videos. Many children enjoy repetitive viewing of videos due to the "predictability" of the information given; that is, knowing what's coming up next. Thus video taping can serve as an excellent tool with which to teach numerous skills to children with autism.

Adaptive or Highlighter Paper

Highlighter Tape: Many children with autism possess relative strengths in their reading recognition skills (decoding), but experience significant difficulty understanding what they have read (comprehension). Highlighter tape is an economical, non-destructive way to highlight text wherever needed via a removable transparent tape (25). The tape can be used in such ways as highlighting key words pertaining to a reading comprehension question. Different colors of highlight tape can be used to encode different significant concepts (e.g., blue highlighter to mark dates, yellow highlight tape to mark people, etc.).


Videotape is magnetic tape used for storing video and usually sound in addition. Information stored can be in the form of either an analog signal or digital signal.

Magnification Highliter

This 9" long magnifying bar has 2X magnification and a yellow highlighting band to help keep focus on the line you are reading.* 9" x 1" Bar Magnifier with Yellow Highlight Line

VictorReader Stream -

Mid Tech Tools, stand alone book readers

A multimedia library in your pocket Taking your books, music and much more everywhere you go is so easy with the new Victor Reader Stream’s excellent features:

Talking Word Processor

Talking Word Processors are writing software programs that provide speech feedback as the student writes, echoing each letter as it is typed and each word as the spacebar is pressed. These programs often include other assistive features such as word prediction and spell check. Premier Talking Word Processor** WriteOutloud

Pocket Chart Cards Sight Words

With this card set, kids start by learning sight word recognition, pronunciation, and spelling.

Wizcom Reading

The Wizcom reading pen is a reading assistive scanning pen that helps individuals with learning disabilities or those reading English as a second language. Tools for defining/pronunciation

Vibrating Pager

Small device to provide tactile vibration, activated by a portable remote control. Small device to provide tactile vibration, activated by a portable remote control. Vibrating pagers were used as a discrete method of warning children. demonstrated that a “tactile prompt” (a kind of vibrating pager) improved children's behavior and engagement in independent activities in the classroom. Two other studies found that vibrating pagers were effective in increasing verbal initiations and may promote social interaction between children with ASD and their developmentally typical peers. Tzanakaki et al. corroborated the earlier findings, reporting that the use of a vibrating pager increased the number of occasions that participants initiated verbal communication with their peers.

Target words

Improve children’s spelling performance.Set of 12 words that were chosen by parents and teachers and divided into three subsets of four target words (i.e., four words for each of the three treatment conditions).

Communicating is simple with this ergonomically designed, portable and lightweight device. Press one of four light touch message squares to play a 5-second message

Frequency modulated (FM) system: an FM system has the potential to improve speech recognition and classroom behavior. Other studies demonstrated that the FM system helps speech perception and that the benefits are seen in several contexts, both outdoors and in the classroom. A study involving children with dyslexia also found that those who used the FM system showed greater improvement in reading skills and phonological awareness than a control group, which suggests that this instrument can be used in various situations

MemoryMark Reading Tools help your eyes stay focused on the current line you’re reading and mark key text while keeping your place on the page.

Sentence Building Pocket Chart

Students will enjoy sentence building—word by word!—with this Sentence Building Pocket Chart. Pocket Charts are phenomenal teaching tools for visual learners, especially those with Autism or other special needs.

STAGES Learning Materials

Individuals with Autism have unique learning challenges, so selection of teaching materials is critical. STAGES Learning Materials was founded by a UCLA traineda ABA Therapist in 1997, when Autism diagnoses began to first rise. Our top-selling Language Builder® Picture Cards were designed to specifically meet the learning needs of students with autism. Today, STAGES offers a full range of real photo products for autism education, and the Language Builder series is a staple in home and school programs across the world.

Language Builder® From Stages Learning

The Language Builder App from Stages Learning is based on the Language Builder Picture Noun Cards, Sets 1 & 2, which are used by BCBA’s, SLP’s Teachers and Parents to teach basic language skills to children with autism or related developmental challenges.,language%20delay%20or%20special%20needs.