Date of Award

5-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Michael Mong, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Brief experimental analyses (BEA) have been used in the present literature to identify the most effective reading strategy in increasing oral reading fluency (ORF) for typically-developing students. The current researcher extends the research by implementing three reading intervention to three children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to study whether a BEA is effective in identifying the most effective reading intervention for children with developmental disabilities. There were three interventions implemented throughout the duration of the study: Repeated Reading, Phrase Drill, and Contingent Reinforcement. Additionally, the present study implements an extended intervention (EA) to test the accuracy of the BEA results. Each intervention was included in the EA phase of the study. The results of the study indicated that the BEA was successful in indicating the most effective intervention in increasing the ORF for a child with ASD for two out of three students.

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