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Jordan Seagraves
Somewhat answering your question
Fri May 29, 2015 18:19
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I don't know exactly the answer to your question, but maybe I can provide some thought and someone else will help out and we can figure it out.

Reasoning for why students with ASD do not have good nonsense word skills would be that they memorize a lot of the words and since they have never seen these words before they probably cannot pronounce them with the lack of letter-sound correspondence. An article that I found online might also help understand things a little more if you want to look at it. http://tracyalloway.com/autism-and-working-memory/ What I take away from this article is that students that of ASD usually do not have good nonsense word recognition because they have not had a chance to "rehearse" and memorize the words. I hope this help a little bit.

  • Below average nonword reading - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 18:00
    In the Nation et al article, "Patterns of Reading Ability in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," there was a lot of discussion on nonword reading deficits.The article explained that real word... more
    • Reply to Liz - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 15:07
      Liz, in my experience I have found that students with Autism have trouble with understanding nonliteral questions. In the article "Analysis of Reading Skills in Individuals with Aspergers" the author ... more
    • RE: Below average nonword reading - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 13:09
      I wondered the same thing when reading the Nation et al article! After giving it some thought, I think that it basically comes down to what strategies the students have learned to use when reading. A ... more
    • Good Question - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:40
      I have wondered the same thing. In my experience with students with a few students with ASD, they have all been sight word readers. It seemed as though an excellent memory was at work, yet they... more
      • Good Question - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 13:20
        I noticed the same thing when working with children with dyslexia last semester. Learning sight words moved much faster than learning new vowel sounds, for example. When introducing new sounds we... more
    • Reply to: Below average nonword reading - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:37
      I agree with you, and the author, on the nonword reading skills. I also think it makes sense that ASD students memorize the letter/sound pattern and when attempting to read the nonwords, they can't... more
      • Subject Preferences - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 10:30
        I absolutely agree that a big part of the discrepancy is simply people are better at some subjects than others. I also wonder if the tendency to memorize words rather than decide them could be... more
    • Somewhat answering your question - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 18:19
      • This is helpful - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:30
        I had the same question and I think that this is a great start on explaining it. It makes since that if a child with ASD who is used to memorizing patterns and shapes that it would be difficult to... more
      • Thanks for the resource! - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 18:24
        Thanks for the resource! It was helpful! I agree with you (and the website you linked) about the difficulty stemming from not having had the chance to rehearse those words yet.
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