This is the story Emma made up and wrote this morning before she went to school.
I had to give her support a couple of times when she would say a word, such as “the” or “to” but then would forget to actually write it and wrote the next word (always a noun or verb) instead. According to Dr. Marion Blank, the woman who created the literacy program we have been using with Emma for the past nine months, children on the spectrum dislike non-content words.
Emma then took her story over to her dad and read it to him!
We first met Dr. Blank almost a year ago now. Before that first meeting we both read her book “The Reading Remedy” and were impressed by it. In January of 2011 we began implementing her program with Emma. During those first few months we worked on the beginning of letter formations and sequencing. In April Emma was able to form all the letters of the alphabet and we began the first level of the literacy program. Over the last seven months Dr. Blank has added other elements to the program, specifically designed for Emma so that we now are working on a spoken language program in conjunction with the literacy piece as well as the Phonics Plus Five and Reading Kingdom programs.
For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to: www.Emma’s Hope Book.com