Reading Kingdom, award-winning, adaptive online reading program, receives patent for program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jul 11, 2012, 11:00 ET from Reading Kingdom

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reading Kingdom is pleased to announce that it has received its second patent. The patent is for a "Literacy education system for students with autistic spectrum disorders." Authored by Reading Kingdom founder, Dr. Marion Blank, the patent represents a revolution in the thinking of how to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) written language.

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Dr. Marion Blank is the Director of the Light on Learning Program at Columbia University and a world-renowned expert on language and literacy as well as a recipient of the Upton Sinclair Award which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to education. At Columbia, Dr. Blank has been offering a unique method for teaching children with ASD how to read. Videos about the program can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1B584DE639BCE0F5.

Dr. Blank uses groundbreaking teaching content and techniques to bring meaningful literacy into the lives of children with ASD. The resulting significant advances in the children's language and educational potential enables many to advance in school and be mainstreamed with neurotypical children.

Dr. Blank happily commented, "I have devoted my life to teaching children how to read and write, including children with ASD. This patent reflects my commitment to expand Reading Kingdom's offerings to help all children become successful readers and writers."

The patent is the second one awarded to Reading Kingdom. The first is for a "Literacy System" and covers many of the groundbreaking techniques featured in the Reading Kingdom software. Additional patents are forthcoming.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disorder that leads to impaired language, communication and social skills. According to estimates from the Center for Disease Control Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 1 in 88 children in the US has been identified with ASD – this is up 78% in the past decade. Tragically, the majority of children diagnosed with ASD never gain the ability to read with any degree of fluency or utility.

About Reading Kingdom: Reading Kingdom is an adaptive, common core aligned English language arts program that offers a new and far more effective approach to the teaching of reading and writing. For more information please visit www.ReadingKingdom.com

Press Contact: Teresa Hart (press@readingkingdom.com)

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