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ERIC Number: EJ1060269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
Improving Comprehension of Narrative Using Character Event Maps for High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Williamson, Pamela; Carnahan, Christina R.; Birri, Nicole; Swoboda, Christopher
Journal of Special Education, v49 n1 p28-38 May 2015
Few studies examine specific interventions for increasing narrative text comprehension for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, both the cognitive reading profiles common in ASD and the focus on access to complex text for all learners suggest the need for interventions to support narrative text comprehension. Using a multiple baseline design, the current study examined the effectiveness of an intervention package that included scaffolded completion of a character event map paired with a review of the previous session's map to make a prediction about the coming chapter on the narrative text comprehension of three male adolescents with ASD. There was an immediate change in comprehension scores for all three participants during intervention. Comprehension for all participants remained high through intervention and follow-up. Implications for research and practice are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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