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My ds is 4.5 and is on the autism spectrum and has a sever articulation delay. I am looking into a reading program for him and found HOP to be very affordable. Has anyone used it? Are there any other affordable programs you like?
 

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We had no luck with HOP. My son found it really boring and by the end of it I wanted to throw the whole lot out of the window.<br><br>
I bought "teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons"-second hand on Amazon for about $10, which we are having a much better time with, which surprises me, as many people said it was just as irritating.<br><br>
I think this one works for us because it is short, you can see where they are going with the lessons and my wriggly little 6yr old can manage it without falling into a complete decline...which is saying something. It takes about 15mins a day...that's it. And they tell you what to say ( which I do change a bit) as some of it is a bit funny.<br>
So far, it works for us.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, if HOP is boring, then Phonics Pathways was REALLY boring because my kids think HOP is an amusement park in comparison <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. We got the whole set for really cheap at a thrift store, and we're almost through the first box (out of five). Who knows whether it will work for the longer term, but I like the way that the lessons are really short, and reinforced by a short book or story. It's tough, because you just can't tell what will work for your child until you try it.
 

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My DD's both really like <a href="http://www.starfall.com" target="_blank">www.starfall.com</a>. Has your son looked at that? I'm convinced DD#2 is reading, and she'll be 4 on Monday. She has severe speech delays as well (is in speech therapy, too) so can't read to me, unfortunately.
 

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we really like Scaredy Cat reading system. and is just as affordable as HOP. It was developed by a reading specialist who recieved all of the "slow" readers. She explains things in a way that, I feel, are easier to understand.
 

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You might need a little of both. If your son needs a lot of rules give him something that has rule.......or rules that you can refer to. I used HOP with my son and he learned to read. I used Phonics Pathway and it only enhanced his reading ability because it taught him the rules that were not making since.<br><br>
It taught me rules that I was never taught. We are both dyslexic and some of the rules have really helped. I am not perfect but I have been able to better figure out misspelled words because of learning the "rules".
 

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I was going to recommend Scaredy Cat by Joyce Herzog but just saw that Ms. Birdie already did! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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