Reducing Fiction Barriers for Autistic Readers

Teachers know the best way to help students become better readers is for them to practice. At nearly every grade level they require students to read fiction. And the more students interact with books, the more likely they’ll grow into pleasure readers. But reading fiction can be problematic for autistic readers.

Autistic individuals may not understand figurative literary devices. The confusion can impact their comprehension and lead to frustration, meltdowns, and an aversion to reading. Here are my tips for reducing fiction barriers for autistic readers. 

To read these tips for Reducing Fiction Barriers for Autistic Readers, check out my blog post this month on The Autism Helper.

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.

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