Useful Tips when reading with young children with ASD


Parents often talk to us about reading with their child being a difficult task. Sometimes the child may not stay with you while you read, or he/she may not answer your questions while reading. In the following, I will talk about some useful tips to make reading a successful and easy activity for parents to carry out at home.

Pick the right book

Building interest is the first step. You can begin by finding books with topics that your child is usually interested in. For example, if your child is interested in animals, pick a book about the zoo. If your child likes planets, look for a book about the solar system. Or you can also try to have a selection of books out for your child to choose from and see which ones he/she will pick to get a sense of the topics he/she likes.

Questions and instructions

When reading with children, we may find ourselves asking a lot of questions and expecting them to answer. We need to keep in mind that if the questions are beyond the child’s level, reading can easily become a tedious task than an enjoyable activity. To make reading more interesting, we can start with some questions or instructions that are simpler and interesting to your child. Below are a few examples:

  1. Let’s see who can find the (object) on the page faster!
  2. Let’s pretend to be (animal/ character).
  3. What is this called?
  4. Let’s do this together (have the child copy an action)!

Of course, when the child is more ready and engaged, you can slowly increase the difficulty of the questions.

Make it fun

Often the original storylines of the books may be over complicated to our young readers. Including some fun elements while you read can make it less of a chore and more of an interesting activity! Here are some tips:

  1. Make some funny sounds and have your child do it together with you.
  2. Act out the funny scenes in the story.
  3. Use some props as you read together.
  4. Draw out the characters your child likes while you read.
  5. Take turns to read aloud.

Remember that we can always be creative and alter the content of the story to the child’s level. Be as fun and creative as you can be!

Find the right time and place

Right time: Schedule a reading time everyday to read with your child as a habit. Don’t be overly ambitious but start with a shorter duration. Keep the child successful during that period of time. If necessary, small rewards can be given for staying with you and finishing a few pages at the beginning.

Right place: Having a specific space to help build reading habit. Child can warm up faster in a space he/she is familiar with. Besides, away from distractors like his favorite toys can help the child be more concentrated on reading and make the process easier.

Keep in mind that reading more is not the goal. The key is to make reading more of an interesting activity than a boring task. Reading can be very fun and enjoyable if done the right way!


When a child likes reading, many different training programs are able to carry on easily during storytime. Here is an example:

Teaching Before / After concept by using books & stories:


Information provided by:

Eunice Luk Autism Partnership Behavioral Consultant, MSc, BCBA

Ms. Eunice Luk is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with first class honors in Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Psychology. Ms. Luk joined Autism Partnership in 2011 and began working directly with students in one-on-one and group therapy sessions. She is experienced in parent training and staff training. She has also assisted in conducting workshops for parents and other professionals in Hong Kong. Ms. Luk receives ongoing training from Dr. Angel Au and Mr. Toby Mountjoy.


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  1. 讓我們看看誰能最快地找到頁面上的(物件)!
  2. 讓我們假裝成(動物/人物)。
  3. 這叫什麼?
  4. 讓我們一起做這個(讓孩子模仿一個動作)!



對於年幼的讀者來說,有些書的故事情節可能過於複雜。家長在閱讀時可以加入一些有趣的元素,讓閱讀變得更有趣,而非成為一件苦差事! 以下是一些例子:

  1. 發出一些有趣的聲音,讓孩子跟著做。
  2. 扮演故事中一些有趣的情節。
  3. 在閱讀故事的時候,使用一些道具來輔助。
  4. 在閱讀到孩子喜歡的角色時,把它畫出來。
  5. 和孩子輪流大聲地朗讀。











陸皓昕 Autism Partnership 應用行為分析治療顧問
理學碩士, 國際認證行為分析師

陸皓昕小姐(Ms. Eunice Luk)為國際認證行為分析師 (BCBA),擁有聖克勞德「應用行為分析」的碩士(M.S. ABA)學位,並以一級榮譽優異成績畢業於香港大學社會科學系,主修心理學。她於2011年加入AP,提供一對一治療及小組訓練給不同程度的孩子,亦負責培訓家長及內部員工。陸小姐亦定期到訪家庭及社區指導不同的個案,參與學校的培訓課程及工作坊,協助老師處理學生的問題。陸小姐現定期接受區浩慈博士和Toby Mountjoy先生(董事)的培訓。






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