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A Better Way to Teach (and Learn) Reading for Kids with ASD: VTips for Autism

Phonics+ Beta is a flexible new template based on experts’ best practice principles for teaching reading to kids with ASD. It allows you to create primary activities that break words down into discrete letter and sound pairings (individually or in combination). “Plus” you can add secondary activities like popups or quizzes to reinforce word comprehension (a concept most of our kids struggle with). You can also choose not to use sound and make engaging spelling lessons and tests.

Phonics+ with Sound

When you create Phonics+ adding your recorded voice, it helps kids learn to associate sounds with letters, and to form words with those sounds and letters. You can sound out single letters, or group letters together to emphasize a specific sound (e.g. the initial letter sound, or the vowel sound, or the final sound, or syllables—you can emphasize it however you wish).

You can also add popups to reinforce the meaning of the word, or use the word in a sentence to ensure greater comprehension. And you can add a quiz to check that the student understands. You can layer phonics, popups and quizzes in whatever way works best for the child you are working with.

Check out these examples:

  • Initial ABC’s Phonics (A-M) (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 147734
    13 primary activities of CVC words stressing the initial sound only, for the first part of the alphabet (A to M), with custom celebration, 13 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)
  • Word Family “at” (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 136080
    7 primary phonics activities for words ending in /at/ plus secondary image w/ audio TO text comprehension quizzes for each, 14 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)
  • Word Family “an” (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 136082
    5 primary phonics activities for CVC words ending in /an/, each with 2 secondary activities (one Image w/ audio TO text, one text TO image), 15 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)
  • Diphthong “ou” (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 136084
    5 primary phonics activities for the /ou/ diphthong, 5 pages
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  • Short Vowel Sounds (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 136087
    5 primary phonics activities for short vowel sounds, each with secondary quiz (letter w/ audio TO image and audio), 10 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Spelling with Phonics+

Spelling with Phonics+

The Phonics+ template is also great for teaching, reinforcing and testing spelling or vocabulary words. You can use any list, from basic CVC words to SAT vocabulary, and set the lessons up to emphasize meaning, spelling or both.

Excellent Examples:

  • Spelling 6.1.1 (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 147822
    10 secondary activities, popup text w/ audio sentence using the spelling word, and 10 primary spelling activities for sixth grade spelling words (content comparable to 6th grade unit 1, Home Spelling Words)
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)
  • Job Words Spelling (Phonics+), VizZle ID Number: 136090
    15 primary spelling activities, for words comparable to Edmark Job Words, 15 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)
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