“Autism Spectrum Disorders” is a term used to describe the collection of disorders that includes Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. This class of disorders is a rapidly growing concern, with the Center for Disease Control reporting 1 in less than 110 children in the United States being affected. Individuals exhibit a wide range of strengths and weaknesses, and the majority of those attending Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers received Visualizing and Verbalizing® or Talkies® instruction to strengthen language comprehension and expression.
In 2011, Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers worked with 297 students who reported having previous, third-party diagnoses of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. That is 11% of the total student population in our Learning Centers. Before starting instruction, on average, these students tested below the 21 st percentile in every comprehension-oriented category of the Lindamood-Bell learning ability evaluation (i.e., vocabulary, word opposites, oral directions, and comprehension).
After completing instruction, the total group of students who reported having previous, third-party diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders achieved the following average Percentile gains:
• Vocabulary: from the 21st to the 30th Percentile.
• Word Opposites: from the 16th to the 25th Percentile.
• Oral Directions: from the 4th to the 12th Percentile.
• Comprehension: from the 9th to the 19th Percentile.
If you know of someone who has difficulty learning, we strongly encourage you to take the following steps: