Reisterstown, Maryland (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Aiming to give children on the autism spectrum an opportunity to improve their reading/comprehension skills, The Shafer Center for Early Intervention newly created and developed its Connect XYZ reading skills program. The unique approach of The Shafer Centers Connect XYZ program combines the skills of special educators with behavior therapists to implement research-based personalized interventions to improve reading performance.
Note: ConnectXYZ is trademarked by The Shafer center for early Intervention.
Connect XYZ targets specific skills of reading and comprehension such as vocabulary, word recognition, and reading fluency, with the goal of closing the gap between performance and potential with each child, says Stephanie Durfee, Director of Education at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention. We work with the children 1-on-1 to develop the five components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Connect XYZ teaches children with autism not only reading skills, but also the complexities of comprehension so they are able to make meaningful connections to information which increases learning.
The first step of the Connect XYZ program is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each childs abilities with an emphasis on their reading skills. Using a series of formal and informal assessments The Shafer Center staff develops a learning profile for each student, then, based on each childs profile, creates a personalized instructional program. The program is then implemented with interventions designed to focus on the underlying causes of difficulty in each area of reading. The qualified teachers and staff of The Shafer Center conduct all Connect XYZ program testing, evaluation and instruction.
For a child on the autism spectrum, reading comprehension and higher-level critical thinking can be a challenge, says The Shafer Centers Founder and President, Helen Shafer. Everything we do at The Shafer Center is designed to give each child an opportunity. The critical skills that children develop in the Connect XYZ program may open doors to opportunities not only in the classroom, but in all aspects of life.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in every 88 American children are on the autism spectrum. Studies also show autism to be more common among boys (1 in 54) than girls (1 in 252) in the United States.
The Shafer Center offers its ConnectXYZ program at its facility or in the students home. In addition, The Shafer Center hosts Camp Connect during summer months at The Park School in Baltimore, MD. For more information about the ConnectXYZ reading program for children on the autism spectrum, visit the schools website at http://www.theShaferCenter.com/our-programs/connect-xyz/.
The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is located in Reisterstown, Maryland. Children at The Center range in age from two to eight years old. The Shafer Center also provides off-site intervention services for children well into their adolescent years. The Maryland Department of Education has accredited The Shafer Center for Early Intervention as a non-public school.
The Shafer Center for Early Intervention knows that being the parent of a child with special needs can be challenging. By being a central resource for families seeking education, assessment and treatment, The Shafer Center replaces fear and uncertainty with hope and knowledge. The Centers unique approach and methods improve a childs opportunity to succeed, and in turn, make it a rewarding experience for the entire family. The Shafer Center for Early Intervention accomplishes this by integrating three vital components that make its programs the optimal choice for treating children with autism spectrum disorders:
Special Learning Announces Huge Year-End Customer Appreciation Sale on Autism Teaching and Training Products
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 06, 2013
In special recognition of all of its loyal customers, Special Learning, Inc., the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and educational resources for the Autism and special needs community, announced today the start of a year-end customer appreciation sale. From now through the end of the year, all customers will receive 50 percent off regularly marked prices on all downloadable products featured on the Special Learning store, http://www.special-learning.com/store.
Special Learning exists to offer every parent, provider and educator a genuine chance to help a child with Autism live a more successful and independent life, said Karen Chung, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Special Learning. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the global community for being part of our journey as we help bring light and hope to children and families around the world who are affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Special Learning offers a large selection of downloadable products designed for parents, providers and educators to use in the treatment and teaching of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Comprehensive information, provided in various downloadable formats, is available on topics related to ASD and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A complete set of teaching tools, from downloadable flash card kits to social story kits, can be used by parents, educators, caregivers and other providers at all levels to implement effective treatment programs.
The Special Learning professional webcast training series offers up-to-date training on fundamental and advanced ABA practices and techniques used in the treatment of individuals affected by ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Additional products that are on sale include:
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