Functional Reading

Individuals with significant cognitive disabilities can learn to read if provided with systematic, intensive, and ongoing instruction. Unfortunately, individuals with intellectual disabilities are often denied high quality reading instruction. Learning to read will improve your student’s opportunities and life choices.  Instructors in this program are master’s level reading specialists who also have experience and training in working with children, adolescents, and adults with significant cognitive impairments.

Reading instruction in terms of:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Decoding (regular words)
  • Sight word recognition (irregular words)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Phonological awareness
  • Written expression
  • Academic application of reading: reading of books
  • Real life application of reading: reading of signs, menus, job applications, etc.


All the materials are provided.

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