I know that many children struggle with learning to tell the time (I was one of them!) but, as an Aspie, Joe has I think found it particularly hard. He seems to have very little concept of the passage of time in general, often not being remotely aware of what day it is or month, or even how long 10 minutes is. So when I recently spotted an advert in a magazine that claimed children could learn to tell the time in a week, I decided to look into it. The company is called Aramazu, and they sell various time-telling teaching aids, including books and clocks, so I decided to give it a go and ordered "The Learn To Tell Time Right Now Book", which is aimed at the slightly older child. The book included a free cardboard practice clock, so I cut it out and put it together and then Joe & I sat down to read it through. And I have to say that it is absolutely genius!
It basically breaks telling the time down into three simple steps - and it is indeed so simple and yet so brilliant that you wonder why no-one had thought of it before! After going through the book a couple of times I was able to show Joe any time on the practice clock and he could say what it was! It doesn't teach the quarter hours (instead just 15 mins past or to) but that is something that can be worked on once he is more confident. But I was just so amazed at how quickly he picked it up! He even took the book into school to share with the class. We still need to work on transferring his new skills to reading "ordinary" clocks, but I know that will come with time (ha! no pun intended!)
The website states that this method is particularly suitable for children with dyslexia or other learning difficulties, but I would absolutely recommend it to anyone trying to teach their child how to tell the time.