Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills to a Child with Autism Using Behaviour Skills Training

Binita D. Singh, Dennis William Moore, Brett Edward Furlonger, Angelika Anderson, Margherita Busacca, Derek Leo English

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A multiple probe design across skills was used to examine the effects of behaviour skills training (BST) on teaching four reading comprehension skills (predicting,questioning, clarifying, and summarizing) to a 7th grade student with autism. Following baseline, the student received 12 sessions of BST during which each skill was taught to criterion. At each session, data was also collected on the accuracy of oral responses to 10 comprehension questions. BST was associated with clear gains in the participant’s performance on each comprehension skill, along with concomitant gains in reading comprehension both on the daily probes and a standardized measure. Skills maintained at follow-up support the conclusion that BST was effective in improving the comprehension skills of a child with autism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • ASD
  • Reading comprehension
  • Behaviour skills training
  • Multiple probe design

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