Children with autism, like all children, are capable of learning. It is simply a matter of using strategies that work for them and avoiding ones that don’t. Thanks to pioneers in the field, such as Temple Grandin, we have the ability to teach from a point of strength.


What is hard for them & why they struggle

Children with autism struggle with processing information that is given verbally. They have trouble remembering more than two or three steps in directions. When information is spoken and the child cannot picture it in their minds, they can’t absorb it. Abstract concepts prove difficult for them.

How we can help

• Letters and words are embedded in images that help identify the meaning of the letter or word.

• Teaching manuals are designed to follow a specific protocol or routine which children will become familiar with.

• Stories explain and show abstract ideas. For example, in math we use stories to show what is happening when a child is doing a specific operation. Stories link letters with their sounds along with images.

• Body movement is key to our teaching and learning resources. Everything is hands-on and body movement that reflects learning is integrated into every concept taught.

• New concepts are taught explicitly so children won’t have to make associations on their own.


Children who think in pictures find it easy to learn letters and their sounds.

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SnapWords® Lists

SnapWords® help children learn words in a way that aligns with how they think.

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SnapWords® Kits

SnapWords® Kits provide an extensive sight word vocabulary and supporting resources.

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Beyond Sight Words Activities

Hands on activities and games that teach reading while your child is learning SnapWords®.

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Phonics and Spelling

Reach for phonics and spelling resources that use pictures and color coding.

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Reading Programs

Find a multisensory reading program for grades from K-3.

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Children's Readers

Provide reading practice as your child learns SnapWords®.

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Resources that teach math concepts using pictures, story, body motion, and more.

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