This Workshop Is Now Finished

(This workshop was run on Wednesday 11th of May at 7 PM)

A replay will be made available to participants on Friday the 13th of May.

Teaching Language & Reading To Autistic Children

Autistic children may not learn to read by following the same developmental patterns as neurotypical children. When teachers and parents understand how children with autism learn to read, early literacy skills can be successfully achieved!  

Did you know that:

  • Books and early literacy activities are the best tools to support children with additional needs in learning language.
  • Many autistic children present with language difficulties, so reading programmes need to focus on meaningful comprehension from the start.
  • Autistic children may not learn to read by following the same developmental patterns as neurotypical children and often need adaptations to traditional reading programmes.
  • Reading programmes are based on the ability to use spoken language, so non-speaking students are not able to participate unless adaptations are put in place.

Why this workshop?

Many children with autism are interested in books and letters from a young age. Some children enjoy activities such as matching letters, the alphabet song and looking at printed words. My son Sebastian was the same. He was fascinated with letters from a young age: some of his first words were letter names!

However, despite this interest in books and letters, when autistic children start school, 50 to 80% of them show early signs of reading difficulties.

Having supported many children in developing early literacy skills, including my son, who now has a passion for comics and books, I want to share this information with you to introduce early literacy skills successfully to autistic children.


Wednesday | May 11th | 7 PM

In this live online 90 minute workshop, you will: 
  • Understand the reading profile of autistic children.
  • Get the tools you need to support your child or student to learn reading.
  • Discover how to promote language development alongside reading instruction.
  • Learn about how to introduce early literacy skills successfully.

3 reasons for introducing early literacy activities

  1. Because we can teach language as we teach reading.
    Many autistic children have language comprehension and expressive language difficulties, impacting their reading ability. Early literacy skills can effectively promote language development, learn vocabulary, and even practice conversational skills.
  2. Because literacy predetermines academic success.
    Learning to read will give our children better opportunities in school and life. Poor literacy skills can prove a significant barrier to inclusion and adaptive functioning, and we cannot ignore this.
    Some children will become skilled readers, others may consistently need support in reading, but I believe all children with additional needs should be given the opportunity to learn to read.
    Autistic children are typically taught reading with the same programmes as their neurotypical peers. Still, autistic children may not learn to read by following the same developmental patterns as neurotypical children.
    When teachers and parents understand how children with autism learn to read, they can find the right tools to teach reading to each child
  3. Because good pre-literacy skills in the early years are a predictor for good literacy skills later in life.
    88% of children who are poor at reading at six years of age tend to still be poor at reading by the age of 12 unless they are identified early and provided with adequate support.
    By offering pre-reading interventions in the early years, (and that´s what you will learn in this workshop), we help children build a strong foundation for good literacy skills later on in life.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How autistic children learn to read.
  • How to prepare your child or student to become a reader.
  • How to teach reading to teach language.
  • How to get started with sight words.
  • How to teach high-frequency words to autistic children.
  • How to teach phonics to children with auditory processing difficulties.
  • How to promote reading comprehension from the start.

Book Your Place


Wednesday 11th May @ 7 PM

  • Live training workshop
  • Post-workshop Q&A
  • Slides & Note-Taker
  • Certificate of completion

After you purchase the course you will receive an email confirmation with your access details to the workshop.

This workshop is for:

  • Parents of autistic children who show an interest in books, letters and matching activities.
  • Teachers of autistic children from 4 to 8 years of age who are struggling learning reading in school.
  • Early years educators who work with young autistic children who show a great interest in letters, numbers and matching activities.
  • Early intervention professionals who want to gain a better understanding of how autistic children learn to read.

Silvia Angel

I am an educational consultant and early intervention specialist with over 20 years of experience supporting children with additional needs, their families and teachers.

Early in my career, I saw the value of books and reading and how that helped children develop language skills. Over the years, I have introduced literacy skills to many children, including my autistic son, who now loves reading books and comics.

I want to share with you my knowledge and experience on how autistic children learn to read.

With small adaptations and additional resources, you can give your child an opportunity to become a reader.

I often introduce reading at a young age with the primary purpose of supporting language development with autistic children.

If you have any questions about this workshop, feel free to contact me.