ERIC Number: EJ1128915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Effects of ABRACADABRA Literacy Instruction on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bailey, Benjamin; Arciuli, Joanne; Stancliffe, Roger J.
Journal of Educational Psychology, v109 n2 p257-268 Feb 2017
This study explored the effects of ABRACADABRA, a free computer-assisted literacy program, on the reading accuracy and comprehension skills of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABRACADABRA is a balanced literacy instruction program, targeting both code and meaning-based reading abilities. Twenty children with ASD, aged 5-11 years, were assigned by matched pairs to the instruction group or wait-list control group. Literacy instruction was delivered on a 1:1 basis in participants' homes over a 13-week period (26 sessions per participant). Pre and post instruction assessment using standardized measures revealed statistically significant gains in reading accuracy and comprehension for the instruction group relative to the wait-list control group, with large effect sizes. These findings indicate that children with ASD may benefit from ABRACADABRA literacy instruction.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Computer Assisted Instruction, Reading Skills, Accuracy, Reading Comprehension, Pretests Posttests, Achievement Gains, Reading Achievement, Foreign Countries, Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Rating Scales, Verbal Ability, Intelligence Tests, Vocabulary, Achievement Tests, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wide Range Achievement Test