Hyperlexia, Autism, And Books: Why Focused Subject Matter Is Perfect
Hyperlexia is the ability to read and comprehend books far above one's own developmental age. Autism is a developmental and neurological disorder that causes some children to have hyper-focused interests, especially when it comes to subjects that interest them. If you have a child with both of these unusual disorders, then trying to get him or her to read is conflicting at best and a nightmare at worst. Books with focused subject matter are actually perfect for your child, and here is why.
It Gets Your Child to Read
If your child is suddenly interested in Megalodon sharks, run with it. Buy or borrow whatever Megalodon shark book you can find and encourage your child to read it. Not only will he or she be reading, it will be reading material that suits his/her advanced reading level and caters to his/her hyper-focused autistic tendencies. Plus, your child will learn A LOT about a now-extinct creature.
It Allows Your Child to Be as He/She Is
There are too many parents and too many experts giving advice about how to "treat" a child with hyperlexia and/or autism. What about letting your child be who he/she is and encouraging their unique abilities and interests? The worst thing that can happen is that your child learns a ton of information about several subjects, and then moves on to the next set of interesting subjects and learns a lot about those too. Buying books for your child that contain highly focused subject matter is embracing your child just as he/she is and letting him/her know that you are completely okay with whatever sparks his/her interests in the world around him/her.
It Leads to Other Subjects of Interest and Future Career Paths
If you have ever noticed, authors touch on related subject matter while focusing on particular topics. Kids with hyperlexia and autism immediately pick up on these small details, and that leads their curiosity in new directions. For example, if your child learned that there were other monster sharks throughout history while reading about the Megalodon shark, he/she may just move on to reading about other kinds and types of sharks, which may lead to comparisons of sharks to whales, and whales to other sea creatures. Before you know it, you have your own little Jacques Cousteau, and that could lead to a career as an oceanographer, zoologist, biologist, etc.
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