Authors: Boyle SA, McNaughton D, Chapin SE
Title: Effects of Shared Reading on the Early Language and Literacy Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review
Source: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 2019 34(4): 205-214
Year: 2019
Research Design: Systematic Review

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often demonstrate delays in early language and literacy skills. Shared reading, the practice of adults reading aloud to children while using behaviors (e.g., asking questions) that are meant to promote interaction between the adult and child, is an intervention that has had positive effects on those early skills for typically developing children. A meta-analysis of 11 shared reading interventions with children with ASD was conducted, and positive effects were found for listening comprehension, expressive communication, and other communicative and noncommunicative acts.

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