Sara Olsen

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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Language And Literacy

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Stacey Kelley

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Autism in children--Education; Autism spectrum disorders; Qualitative Reading Inventory; Reading comprehension


Reading flexibility exercises were conducted over a six-week period with a fourth grade student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to determine whether they would increase reading flexibility as well as comprehension. Cartwright’s (2010) reading flexibility assessment and exercises along with the Qualitative Reading Inventory-5 (QRI; Leslie & Caldwell, 2011) word lists and passages were administered. To ensure the intervention was “autism friendly,” assessments and exercises were altered so that visuals were used and activities were predictable. Based upon assessments administered, the participant made gains in both reading flexibility and reading comprehension skills. Further research must be conducted with a larger sample to determine whether this is an effective intervention for other students with ASD.


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