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ERIC Number: EJ1110508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-0819
Mediating Access to Headsprout® Early Reading for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Plavnick, Joshua B.; Thompson, Julie L.; Englert, Carol Sue; Mariage, Troy; Johnson, Katie
Journal of Behavioral Education, v25 n3 p357-378 Sep 2016
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require instructional programs that simultaneously address academic content, interfering behavior, and potential gaps in prerequisite skills for a given curriculum. This study examined the impact of an intervention package consisting of contingent reinforcement and match-to-sample training on the independent progression of 3 children with ASD through Headsprout® Early Reading (HER), a behavior analytic online reading program. A multiple probe across participants design was used to examine the effects of the intervention package on participants' correct interactions per minute and total episodes completed. Transfer of training to oral reading of companion print books was also assessed. All participants demonstrated an increase in correct interactions per minute. Two participants learned to independently complete a HER episode each day and could orally read companion print books. The results suggest individualized behavior analytic programs can support the use of HER as a computer-based reading program for some children with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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