Comprehensive reading instruction for children with autism spectrum disorders

Joshua Plavnick, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

Learning to read is a critical skill for children, though reading instruction is often under-emphasized for children with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition, very little is known about how these children interact with text or how reading instruction may need to be modified and adapted to meet their needs. The purpose of this project is to administer daily reading curricula, consisting of computer-based and teacher-led instruction, to children with moderate to severe ASD. Researchers will use state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate the effects of the reading program on participants' reading engagement, performance, and related outcomes.

Comprehensive Reading Instruction for Children with ASD

Principal Investigators

  1. Josh Plavnick, Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University

Co-Investigators

  1. Carol Sue Englert, Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University

  2. Troy Mariage, Associate Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University

  3. Lori Skibbe, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University