Date of Award
Master of Science in Special Education
First Reader/Committee Chair
Research in special education has shown an increase in reading difficulties of
children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within the last ten years. Reading
difficulties include challenges in word reading experiences, such as decoding,
syllabication, and phonological awareness.
Several reading interventions help children with ASD improve reading
difficulties. Such reading interventions include but are not limited to priming with
visual supports (VS) and pre-teaching vocabulary. However, during the
performance of reading interventions for children with Autism, behavioral support
is an issue. Behavioral support has included significant prompting and
Furthermore, children with ASD have not shown full engagement
during the process of reading instruction. They have demonstrated improvement in
reading ability but not the joy of reading.
Addressing difficulties in the early stages of reading for young children is
essential for future success in more complex reading skills. One crucial reading
skill is to read with understanding, known as reading comprehension.
The purpose of this research is to describe, through a meta-synthesis of
qualitative research, how singing activities can assist the implementation
of early literacy instruction for children with ASD.
The findings within this research are described from several case studies
This research shows the significant benefits of an alternative approach to
traditional reading interventions. Through implementing singing activities and
reading instruction, the benefits have led to the considerable improvement of
word reading experiences for young children with ASD.
Keywords: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Music Interventions, Music
Therapy, Early Literacy, Word Reading
Porter, Robin Rosezel, "IMPROVED WORD READING EXPERIENCES OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) WHO PARTICIPATED IN SINGING ACTIVITIES: A SYNTHESIS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH" (2021). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1244.