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ERIC Number: EJ1088270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1949-1212
Using Technology to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Writing Process: A Pilot Study
Asaro-Saddler, Kristie; Knox, Haley Muir; Meredith, Holly; Akhmedjanova, Diana
Insights into Learning Disabilities, v12 n2 p103-119 2015
Writing is an important content area that pervades all subject areas and is required for post-school success, yet many students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle in written expression. In this article we discuss the characteristics of students with ASD that make writing difficult, and the strengths, such as the use of technology, that can help support writing development. We then report findings of a pilot study that utilized First Author® software to improve the writing of secondary students with ASD. Research questions explored whether students would improve the quality and quantity of their writing products after receiving instruction in writing using the First Author® software, and whether the intervention would have social validity with the classroom teacher. Preliminary findings were mixed, indicating that students showed some improvements in writing quality and quantity when being taught using First Author®. Implications for teachers and practitioners discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement; Wechsler Individual Achievement Test; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A