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Nicholas Flippen
RE: Alexandria
Sat May 30, 2015 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 disabilities, the explicit instruction of things is the only way they are able to retain new ideas. Incidental learning isn't as prominent in students with ASD. That's why it is so effective to use social stories to teach certain behaviors. Like this, I believe that reading comprehension should be explicitly taught to students with ASD. This could even be done in a social story type situation. You could have a "social story" that talks about a student reading a book and having to answer the questions at the end. This could be a great time to introduce very important vocabulary such as plot, scene, characters, setting, etc. This is just one idea that I've come up with, but I think it is something that I will definitely try. Let me know what you think!

  • 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
      • 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
      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... more
    • 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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