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Patterns of reading ability in children with autism-spectrum disorder

Nation, K., Clarke, P., Wright, B. and Williams, C. (2006) Patterns of reading ability in children with autism-spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36 (7). pp. 911-919. ISSN 0162-3257

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This study investigated reading skills in 41 children with autism spectrum disorder. Four components of reading skill were assessed: word recognition, nonword decoding, text reading accuracy and text comprehension. Overall, levels of word and nonword reading and text reading accuracy fell within average range although reading comprehension was impaired. However, there was considerable variability across the sample with performance on most tests ranging from floor to ceiling levels. Some children read accurately but showed very poor comprehension, consistent with a hyperlexia reading profile; some children were poor at reading words and nonwords whereas others were unable to decode nonwords, despite a reasonable level of word reading skill. These findings demonstrate the heterogeneous nature of reading skills in children with ASD.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reading - Language - Comprehension - Autism - Hyperlexia
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 10:44
Last Modified: 29 May 2009 10:44
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s10803-006-0130-1
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/s10803-006-0130-1
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6517

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