Hyperlexia & HF ASD
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|Tue, 09-14-2010 - 7:58pm|
Do any of you have a hyperlexic child? This is autism with a twist; a child who can read and decode words at an earlier than normal age, but not comprehend words at the level he/she is reading, coupled with social and communication delays. I think it's pretty uncommon. Just wondering if any of your kids are like mine.
Lauren is almost 3 1/2, and she can read anything. It turns out what I thought was her greatest gift was in fact a learning disability, and they tell me that while she is advanced now, she will always lag behind in reading comprehension. They say she will never understand fiction. She has an amazing memory for trivial details, but if you ask her what she wants for breakfast, she finds that question almost impossible to answer. She is socially anxious, but will talk to adults and is just starting to parallel play with the kids at her preschool. With cues and modeling from her teacher, she will talk to a friend at school, but the teacher has to feed her the exact words to say. But if you thumb through her coloring and activity books, you will see that she read and followed the directions to the best of her fine motor skills ability on the page, with no help. And if you give her a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she will read it to you.
I wonder if the people on her IEP team are going to know what to do with her. She's a bit of a walking paradox.