MCPER researchers Lisa McCulley and Farah El Zein will explore their synthesis of reading comprehension interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at a brown bag presentation on October 2. “Reading Comprehension Interventions for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Synthesis of Research” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418). To RSVP, send an e-mail with “Autism” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors synthesized reading intervention studies conducted between 1980 and 2012 with K–12 students identified as having ASD. Nine single-subject design studies, one quasi-experimental study, and two single-group design studies met criteria for inclusion. Findings indicate that modifying instructional interventions associated with improved comprehension for students with reading difficulties may improve reading comprehension in students with ASD.