ERIC Number: EJ1065911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reading Comprehension and Autism in the Primary General Education Classroom
Nguyen, Neal Nghia; Leytham, Patrick; Schaefer Whitby, Peggy; Gelfer, Jeffrey I.
Reading Teacher, v69 n1 p71-76 Jul-Aug 2015
Reading comprehension is a critical building block for effective early literacy development. Many students with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate difficulties in reading comprehension. These difficulties may be attributed to deficits in Theory of Mind, Weak Central Coherence, and Executive Functioning. Given the rise in the number of students with this disability participating in the general education setting, practitioners need to acquire the background knowledge on how to effectively teach this population. The purpose of this article is to introduce practitioners to a step-by-step guide for teaching reading comprehension, the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder that may impede students from acquiring reading comprehension, and evidenced-based practices that can be used to improve their comprehension abilities.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Autism, General Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Emergent Literacy, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Reading Difficulties, Teaching Methods, Teaching Guides, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Student Characteristics, Best Practices, Student Improvement, Evidence, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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