ERIC Number: EJ822618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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The Effectiveness of Direct Instruction for Teaching Language to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying Materials
Ganz, Jennifer B.; Flores, Margaret M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n1 p75-83 Jan 2009
Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently demonstrate language delays (American Psychiatric Association "2000"). This study investigated the effects of a Direct Instruction (DI) language program implemented with elementary students with ASD. There is little research in the area of DI as a language intervention for students with ASD. This study examined the effectiveness of DI with regard to students' oral language skills, specifically the identification of materials of which objects were made. A single-subject changing criterion design was employed. A functional relation between DI and oral language skills was demonstrated through replication of skill increase over three criterion changes and across three students. The results and their implications are discussed further.
Descriptors: Autism, Oral Language, Program Effectiveness, Language Skills, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Special Needs Students, Language Impairments, Elementary School Students, Intervention, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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