Picture Academics for Special Needs

Picture Academics is designed to help children and adults with Special Needs learn to read.  This program is designed to create a positive learning environment that promotes new readers and non readers vocabulary while building confidence in learning.  The Tutor Guide provides the essentials of teaching and learning as well as step by step instructions for teaching special needs students.  This program can help create an early start for children starting to read or it can be the program that introduces an adult for the first time.  In the test cases studied many students have been diagnosed (Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger's, Brain Injury, Developmentally Delayed, ADHD.....) as unteachable. In many cases making it out of High School without being able to read a single word, some students were not able to recognize their own name. After being introduced to the Picture Academics learning to read program 100% of the test cases recognized their names and 99% moved on to the Learning to Read program and most students advancing to the Academic Therapy program.

I developed this program to teach my son to read, he has a brain injury with short term memory loss.  I was told my son was unteachable and I wouldn't accept that.  After I developed Jeremiah's Circles it has been used in Homes, Day Programs, Grade, Middle and High Schools to teach reading to all Special Needs students (See our Success Stories),  Including people labeled with Down Syndrome, Autism, Brain Injury, Asperger's, Special Needs.

Learning to Read Non Reader - Picture Academics
What is Picture Academics?
Picture Academics is a comprehension therapy based on educational curriculum for both readers and non readers.  It can be used before, with, and after the Jeremiah's Circles Learning to Read program.
  • Picture Academics used before learning to read is used by school children and adults that can point or express verbally or with a gesture.  It works well for those who are non verbal.
  • Picture Academics used after learning to read is designed for school children and adults that read, written at approximately a 2nd grad reading level.
This program serves as a modified curriculum, addressing Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies.  The student learns by hearing (reading when applicable), seeing and touching.  The student is given simple stated sentences, questions, and picture lists.  The Picture Academic tracking page measures the student's progress.

There is no wasted time trying to write or being confused.  The student learns throuhg repetition.  The student uses a multiple choice format with questions directly related to the pictures.  There is no writing or forming of letters and numbers; just fill in the multiple -choice circles.  All the information is on one page so there is no transferring from page to page.


  • Instruction: One-on-one instruction, 15 minutes a day, four days a week maximizes learning.
  • Tutor Training: There is no special training required, just follow the guidelines in the beginning of the book. Tutor support is provided on line.
  • Content: the content is the same as regular education text books and modified for easier special needs learning. It is formatted to avoid confusion and build confidence.
  • Pace: Each special needs student learns at their own pace, speed is not an issue.
  • The TUTOR'S GUIDE (not shown) includes step by step instructions, the essentials of teaching and learning for special needs, progress and attendance charts, Calendar Fun and more... 
  • The PICTURE ACADEMICS' workbook has 90 work pages with 540 blk & wht pictures, (8.5X11” comb-bound).
  • Communication Cards

Three Subjects in one book.

  • Language Arts  uses "W" words, riddles, word association, and problem solving.
  • Math uses numbers up to three, concepts like: big & little, more & less.  Math uses 4 shapes, also introduces money and weight.
  • Social Studies  is about where we live, people working in stores and factories, about the ranch, raising cattle, growing produce, and using machines.


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