Date Approved

5-13-2016

Embargo Period

5-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children; Individualized reading instruction

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this study are to examine the effect of the Project Read program in teaching decoding skills to students with learning disabilities, and evaluate the effects of the supplemental computer program, Explode the Code. Three second grade students with learning disabilities participated in this study. Both interventions were administered to each student, at different times, during the school day. Project Read was administered followed by 15-20 minutes of Explode the Code. A multiple baseline research design across students with A B phases was used in this study. The results of the current study showed significant growth in the area of decoding skills. The intervention programs can be used in special education classrooms, as well as in general education settings, for students who are struggling with foundational reading skills, primarily decoding skills.

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