A high-interest reading program that works.

For over 19 years, Special Reads for Special Needs has been a doorway to reading success for children and teens with developmental delays, including Down syndrome and autism.

Our high interest books are designed to engage readers from first glance and move them quickly to success.

This program is designed for use by parents, educators, homeschoolers, and school systems. It has been successfully implemented across the United States and around the world (23 countries at last count.)

Families and educators love this reading program simply because it works. Reading Bundles include easy but specific instructions for teaching and implementing the program, ideal for both parents and educators.

Customer support has a 24-hour turnaround record and is provided by founder and program designer Natalie Hale.

We ship around the world and give FREE SHIPPING within the United States.

New!3-in-1 Bundle

Our new, expanded 3-in-1 Bundle includes:

  • 7 Glossy Picture Books
  • 11 Emergent High-Frequency Books
  • 3 Sets High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Whole Child Reading textbook
  • Educator’s Guide for Teaching and Testing
  • Quick-Start Guide

Lead your learner from zero to second-grade reading readiness with this set! Includes Emergent, Primer, and First Grade Levels.

NewEmergent Reader Bundle

No matter the age, this newly expanded Emergent Bundle will get a future reader started!

  • 5 Glossy Picture Books
  • 3 Emergent High-Frequency Books
  • 1 Set High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Whole Child Reading textbook
  • Educator’s Guide for Teaching and Testing
  • Quick Start Guide

NewPrimer Bundle

Regardless of age, this expanded Primer Bundle is the next step toward independent reading! All books progress sequentially.

  • 1 Glossy Picture Book
  • 4 Primer Level High-Frequency Books
  • Whole Child Reading textbook
  • Educator’s Guide for Teaching and Testing
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 Set High-Frequency Flash Cards


This is the last step before reaching second grade reading readiness! Fun, entertaining, and sequentially planned teaching achieves success.

  • 1 Glossy Picture Book
  • 3 High-Frequency Books
  • 1 Comprehension Workbook
  • Whole Child Reading textbook
  • Educator’s Guide for Teaching and Testing
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 Set High-Frequency Flash Cards
“Your program and methods have made a huge difference in my daughter’s life. Now that she can read, her confidence is impacting all areas of her life. Thank you so much for your help!”
-C.C., Florida

Child Reading

“I purchased your Emergent Reader Bundle, and my students made huge progress quickly…Since using your materials, they suddenly started blending and decoding…The parents are thrilled! Some of them cried when they first heard their child read. Thank you!” -C.M., Texas

“Thank you thank you!!! My first grader (with Down syndrome) received an Accelerated Reader award usually given to second-to-fourth graders. I cried while I filmed him walking down the aisle while the students chanted his name…Natalie, your program made this possible! I used your program the summer before Kinder, and he went into Kinder reading…We absolutely love and adore your program, and it truly, truly works!” -J.K., Florida


Natalie Hale
Natalie Hale - Awards

Founder, Special Reads for Special Needs
  • National/International Speaker
    • -NDSC
    • -NADS
    • -NDSS
  • Award Winning Author
  • Reading Educator & Consultant
  • Reading Program Developer

Energize and inspire your audience at your next conference, parent or educator group with Natalie’s practical and proven methods for teaching learners with Down syndrome to read!

Whole Child Reading: Go in through the Heart, Teach to the Brain!

Whole Child Reading, A quick-start guide to teaching students with down syndrome and other developmental delays by Natalie Hale.

This is your essential Quick-Start Teaching Guide for reading. Reader-friendly, short, and to the point, this guide was written for today’s uber-busy parents and educators. This is a book that belongs on every parent’s kitchen table and every primary educator’s desk, well-worn and bookmarked.


For verified customers who purchased a Reading Bundle previously and want to add our new products to their bundle, we have a special discounted offer as a courtesy. We don’t want you to be left out!

What Customers Say…

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“We have been using your Special Reads for Special Needs program at Notre Dame School since November 2016 and we LOVE this program! It has been a joy to watch our students learn new words and become more interested in books! Before this program, one non-verbal student was unable to read simple words, and now she is reading not just words but BOOKS! We love how the pictures are so vibrant in color, and they really are self-explanatory due to how specific the graphics are. Thank you for creating such an amazing resource that can allow ALL students to learn how to read.”  – C., K., & M., Canada

“I just purchased “Whole Child Reading.”  I also  have “Down Syndrome Parenting 101” ( love it!). We have your Emergent and Primer Reading Bundles.  My son (7, Down syndrome) has had NO interest in reading but is responding well to your program. We started it a little over a month ago and he’s getting it! Thank you so much.” –J.C., Arkansas

“I’m a special education teacher teaching 4-5th grades. I got “Whole Child Reading,” and I couldn’t put it down. I have actually had 5 others from our building buy it as well. One was our school psychologist…she loves anything having to do with the function of the brain. I have the book dog-eared, highlighted and have changed how I do things with my kiddos. Your book is truly the best thing I, as a special education teacher, have read in a very long time. It makes sense!!!!” – C.H., Oklahoma

For many more unsolicited testimonials, please visit our Testimonials Page!

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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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