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A Tablet-based Reading Comprehension Intervention for Preschool Children with ASD

The aim of this project is to evaluate the effects of a novel reading comprehension intervention program for preschoolers with ASD who present with signs of hyperlexia. We hypothesize that children with ASD will show significant improvement in their reading comprehension and oral comprehension skills following the intervention. Additionally, we predict that children with typical development with show significant improvements in word decoding following the intervention.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dianne Macdonald

Institution & Department: McGill University – Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Supervisors: Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin, Dr. Gigi Luk

Year(s) collaborated with SCERT on project: 2018 - 2019


Results of Research Project:

Her research “Understanding emergent literacy and improving reading comprehension of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia” was presented at a virtual event, the 2021 Pursuit Awards, and can be viewed below:


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