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Using the Vantage Programs with Autistic Students

Created on 02 January 2011

A Research project Completed by Sharon de la Mare, M.A.
                 Calgary, Alberta June 1989

The purpose of this research was to study the effect of a specific  program, Vantage Reading (formerly Bonding the Senses) ,(Ross, 1986), on motor function skills of autistic children.  The program was administered to 6 subjects ranging in age from 6 years 8 months to 8 years 4 months.  The mean chronological age was 6 years 3 months.  All of the subjects were independently diagnosed as autistic using DSM III criteria (APA, 1980).  There were 4 males and 2 females.  The subjects were pretested using an adapted form of a sensory integration data collection form developed by Ruth Smith, a physiotherapist with R.E.A.C.H.  This test assessed exploratory behaviours, reach on sight and sound, and motility.  The targeted intervention took place 5 days per week for 1 hour per day, for a 3 month period of time.  Post testing was then done using the same instrument used for the pre-testing.  Pre and post test data was then compared.  In all cases there was a significant increase in responsiveness.

If you wish the pre and post test results email me and I will be happy to forward them to you.

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Doug Collins, Parent and Broadcast Journalist

I have been closely following Alice Ross since my first association with her…and have nothing but good to say about the works she has done. I was involved to some extent with a documentary done on her program through the television station I work for, and have found the program to be a tremendous help.
I have no doubts at all in recommending the value of the program, its ability to help a wide-ranging group of people with difficulties, and the integrity of those behind it. I have the living proof of its success in my own home – twofold.

Features of the Vantage Reading Program

Shorter Completion Time

  • The Vantage Reading Program has a shorter time frame to complete the program
  • So the student will not have a wasted year at school
  • Result: Less chance of being bullied or feeling dumb.

About the Founder

Mrs. Alice Ross is the founder of these Vantage Vision and Vantage Reading programs. Her goal is simple To help those who can’t read. The Vantage Reading history is an impressive story. Mrs. Ross's  extensive background of over 40 years working with students with learning difficulties has brought us to the current Kit.


Mrs. Ross has recently retired and we wish her well.

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