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Reading and Text Comprehension Skills in School-age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chapter in book
Authors Jakob Åsberg Johnels
Published in Comprehensive Guide to Autism
Pages 1031-1042
ISBN 978-1-4614-4788-7
Publisher springer
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Department of Psychology
Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 1031-1042
Language en
Keywords autism läsning aspeger förståelse
Subject categories Psychology, Educational Sciences, Clinical Medicine


This chapter selectively reviews the research literature on reading skills and text comprehension in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is argued that a conceptual distinction between the ability to read/decode words and the ability to comprehend text is critical, as many children with ASD experience difficulties only with the latter task. Based on the existent literature, which is rather limited, there is no clear evidence that skills underlying the word reading process differ in ASD from typical development. Possible reasons for the text comprehension difficulties often seen in ASD include oral language impairment, inferencing difficulties, and deficits in social understanding/theory of mind. Potentially promising teaching techniques for supporting comprehension development are also discussed.

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