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andersenal
Re: Helping Comprehension
Sat May 30, 2015 12:44
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One thing that I think hinders comprehension is getting hung up on small details that aren't as important to the story. I think we can help our students with ASD by sometimes using their interests when choosing texts for them to read. If they are reading about something that they like, I think they will be less likely to get distracted by the little things. With that being said, we cannot only use stories about subjects that play to their interests because that can keep them from learning about other important things and hinder them from developing other interests.
If we use their background knowledge and previous experiences while reading, I think this may be helpful for comprehension. Relating something that has happened to them with something that is happening in the story should be helpful in understanding the text.
I know that there must be lots of other methods for increasing comprehension among students with ASD, but these are what I could come up with.

  • Response to Patterns of Reading Ability in Children with ASD - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 11:07
    The conclusion of this study was that as a whole, the individuals with ASD who volunteered for this study showed normal-range levels of reading accuracy, but their reading comprehension was lower.... more
    • I wonder... - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 19:55
      Part of me wonders if their issues with comprehension may appear more significant than they truly are due to issues with communication. Is it possible that there could be cases where they really do... more
      • RE: I wonder... - coxdm, Sat May 30 21:29
        That is a great point Allison. I never thought of it that way. Communication could be a huge factor into why reading comprehension seems low. I would be interested to see if there are other... more
      • Re: Allison - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 20:05
        Allison, I did not think about this and you make a great point! Maybe giving them multiple choice answers for some of these questions might be more helpful for them or find another way to help them... more
    • RE: Alexandria - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:37
      I had the exact same question after finishing that article! The more I've thought about it the more the phrase "explicit instruction" keeps popping up into my head. With many students who have... more
      • Re: Nicholas - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 17:32
        I really like this idea about using the social stories! I think that would help in the long run to know that they might be asked questions about a story they had just read!
    • Reply to Alexandria - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 15:00
      Alexandria, I know that this was extremely troubling to you. I am glad this study shed some light on this issue for you and you know that you did not do anything wrong. I have seen this in student's... more
    • Re: Helping Comprehension - andersenal, Sat May 30 12:44
    • Reply - Ali Carr, Sat May 30 12:06
      I do agree with you and worked with a student with ASD who was the same with reading comprehension. It was interesting because at first I was not concerned at all with his reading based on his... more
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