Children who can easily read texts may not automatically comprehend the information presented. Autistic children and other children with hyperlexia, may need to be taught specific skills to help them accurately comprehend written text. This article reviews The Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism, Level 2. CLICK HERE to read my review of the Basic Reading Comprehension Kit for Autism and Hyperlexia.
The Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism, Level 2 is a reading comprehension product recommended for grades 2-7. There are 6 units, each of which includes two similar stories, differing by level of complexity. For example, Level 1 stories may be more appropriate for children who can decode words at the first to second grade level. Level 2 stories may be more appropriate for children who can decode words at the third to fourth grade level. Realistic fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction narrative formats are covered in the units.
The kit uses evidence based practices to teach reading comprehension skills. For each story, priming, vocabulary, definitions, prior knowledge, summary, analysis, visualizing, and pronouns referents are covered.
Color Coded Phrase and Sentence Strips
Each story includes a set of color-coded phrase and sentence strips to go with each activity. For example, the priming page uses blue strips. The student can select the correct answers from those choices. These sentence strips really helped simplify the comprehension process for my child and turned out to be a great visual support when she was working through the comprehension activities.
Even the level 1 stories were too long for my second grader. We would have to take turns reading and take multiple days to get through the actual story.
Also, the complexity of the stories in level 2, were a large jump from those we covered in the Basic Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism. This jump may be too much for some children.
If you want an research-based, systematic program for teaching reading comprehension to hyperlexic autistic children who can read at least the second grade level, then I would definitely recommend using The Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism, Level 2. I feel like the program was beneficial in improving my child’s reading comprehension skills. We have completed the whole program and moved on to Evan-Moor’s reading comprehension curricula. CLICK HERE to read my review of Evan-Moor’s Daily Reading Comprehension. CLICK HERE to read my review of Reading Comprehension Fundamentals.