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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Reading Comprehension Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Literature

Chiang, H., & Lin, Y. (2007).
Focus on Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities, 22(4), 259-267.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of experimental studies investigating reading comprehension interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children with autism spectrum disorders.

Intervention/Assessment: Reading comprehension instruction

Number of Studies Included: 11

Years Included: 1986 - 2006



  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • Literacy Interventions - Additional research is necessary to determine which reading instruction strategies are most successful for teaching children with autism. Future research should also focus on strategies recommended by the National Reading Panel (NRP) for typically developing children which may also be effective for teaching children with autism.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Literacy, Written Language Disorders

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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