Thursday, August 19, 2010
Why do we know so little about teaching
reading comprehension to children with
Because there have been very few studies.
The study I mentioned last time by Chiang
and Lin (2007) searched for research on the
topic. Of 754 studies that touched on autism
& reading, only 11 included at least one
participant with autism,
focused on reading comprehension, and
used an experimental model to test
the effectiveness of the method.
Add in the fact that reading
comprehension meant either sight word
recognition or text comprehension,
and it becomes obvious why there
is no consensus (to put it mildly)
on how to teach text comprehension
to children with autism.
For the most part, all methods
-which ranged from flashcards
to peer tutoring to the
UCLA reading & writing
program to computer instruction -
helped students learn "targeted skills."
This is good news, because
all the interventions showed results.
But as a guide to what to do,
these studies all fall short since
there is no comparison
and so no indication
And the authors found
no, 0, zilch studies on
teaching reading comprehension to
students with Asperger's,
and little on students
with high functioning
Next post, silly poems.
Thanks to Kayla Jackson (Speech Therapist/
Independent Consultant/Brown Center)
for bringing this article to my attention.
If you would like to read the article in
full, check http://foa.sagepub.com/cgi/