ASD & Reading Comprehension Part 2: Reading Models, Vocabulary, & Main Topic

presented by Sylvia Diehl

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Part 2: Reading Models and Reading Intervention is the second of three courses. It begins by discussing a popular reading model along with the impact of social cognition when considering reading comprehension in this population. The course then progresses to a case example of a young elementary student and the use of evidence based practice in intervention to address the areas of vocabulary, anaphoric referencing, and identification of the main topic.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Sylvia Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida, where she taught courses in autism, pediatric language and augmentative and alternative communication and was the team leader in the language/phonology clinic. She was also a member of the USF, Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention Team, which offers guidance to Florida Public School Systems regarding children with complex needs. She is the founder of the USF Friends’ Group at USF, which provides social communication intervention along with parent training to children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Diehl has supported children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over thirty years and has a long history of clinical experience, including public school settings, university settings, and clinical settings. She has been recognized by the Early Childhood Council and received the Florida Speech and Hearing Association Clinical Career Award. She frequently consults for school systems and conducts workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters along with continuous education courses for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research and publication interests focus on consistent frameworks to support children with ASD in classroom settings.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Children with ASD and Reading Comprehension

    1. Children with ASD and Reading Comprehension

    This chapter addresses the Simple View of Reading and the literature regarding the reading profiles of students with ASD. It then discusses how social cognition in children with ASD may impact this model.

  2. Vocabulary

    2. Vocabulary

    Literature reflects the fact that a large proportion of children with ASD have deficits in the application of semantic knowledge to support reading comprehension. This chapter covers intervention strategies that address reading vocabulary in children with ASD. The chapter highlights a case example of an elementary school student and the application of these intervention strategies. Strategies reflect recommendations from the autism literature and from the National Reading Panel.

  3. Main Topic

    3. Main Topic

    This chapter continues the case example of an elementary school student and the application of intervention strategies that address identification of the main topic. Children with ASD often have difficulty comprehending the whole picture. Strategies reflect recommendations from the autism literature and from the National Reading Panel.