We have a son with Autism; he was in school here in Texas for 5 years. He is high functioning and is verbal. Yet, the school's (he attended 9 schools here) here in Texas could not do anything with him. When he was 10 years old we sent him to live with family in New Mexico. At the time my husband had found out about a program in New Mexico for children with Autism and with us getting not being able to get him the services that he needed here, we felt that sending him to NM was the best thing. He was not reading at all, he could recognize words but could not "read" them. The school's and the local ISD "professional's" told me that he would never read at best he would sight read.
Well, after he started school in NM we found out about the Wilson Reading Method through a family member who is a Special Education teacher. He started the program at school and a home with a tutor. WOW, viola!!! He began to read, I mean really read and understand. He is now 15 and reading almost at a 4 th grade level. Hopefully, some day he will be reading at the level that he should be at for his age. But, even a 4 th grade level is a lot better than nothing at all.
Here are some links that I have found for the Wilson Reading Method. I just learned that it is used for dyslexia, poor spellers, ESL (English as Second Language) students among others.