Authors: Coleman-Martin MB, Heller KW, Cihak DF, Irvine KL
Title: Using Computer-Assisted Instruction and the Nonverbal Reading Approach to Teach Word Identification
Source: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 2005 20(2): 80-90
Year: 2005
Research Design: Single Case Design

This study determined if the use of computer-assisted instruction would be an effective method to promote word identification using the Nonverbal Reading Approach (NRA). Three students with severe speech impairments and concomitant physical disabilities or autism were provided decoding and word identification instruction using the NRA across three conditions simulating the natural progression of classroom instruction from teacher-directed to computer-assisted instruction. The three conditions were (a) teacher only, (b) teacher plus computer-assisted instruction, and (c) computer-assisted instruction only. All participants reached criteria in each of the three conditions. Results indicate that the NRA can be effectively delivered through computer-assisted instruction, thus freeing up teacher time and providing students with the ability to practice decoding and word identification independently.

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