Authors: Chiang HM, Lin YH
Title: Reading comprehension instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders: A review of the literature
Source: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 2007 22(4): 259-267
Year: 2007
Research Design: Systematic Review

The authors reviewed studies on teaching reading comprehension to students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with a focus on text (academic reading) comprehension and sight word (functional) comprehension. Eleven of 754 studies met the inclusion criteria: participants with ASD, published in English in a peer-reviewed journal, and use of an experimental design. Participants, setting, academic or functional reading comprehension, and instructional methods across studies were summarized and examined. Instructional methods employed were compared to those identified by the National Reading Panel as effective for students without disabilities. Suggestions for future research and practice are discussed.

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