ERIC Number: EJ869887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Perspectives on Addressing the Literacy Needs of Low Functioning Individuals with Autism
Morse, Timothy E.
International Journal of Educational Reform, v17 n4 p330-340 Fall 2008
Autism is a spectrum disorder characterized, in part, by core social communication skill deficits. Consequently, educators seek to develop interventions that address these and closely related skills, such as literacy. Accordingly, this article focuses on basic issues that pertain to designing and implementing appropriate educational programs that address the literacy needs of one segment of the autism spectrum: individuals with the disorder who have been characterized as being low functioning. Issues include the following: appropriate definitions of literacy for this population, historical approaches to this population's literacy instruction, opportunities for literacy skill development within an instructional program based on recommended evidence-based practices, and ongoing impediments to appropriate literacy instruction and practical solutions.
Descriptors: Autism, Literacy, Communication Skills, Skill Development, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Educational Practices, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Barriers, Performance Factors, Special Needs Students, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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