Date Approved

5-3-1999

Embargo Period

8-4-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children--Education; Reading (Primary)

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a multisensory approach to reading being used in the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District's Special Services Department. Project Read, developed by Language Circle Enterprises, is being used to teach phonology, comprehension, and written expression to students with learning disabilities. A pull-out approach is used with the second and third grades in one elementary school. Students are mainstreamed for homeroom, lunch, science and social studies. They are pulled out and sent to a Learning Center in the school for reading, language arts, and math. Reading scores were used from the previous year's Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test and compared to this year's scores.

Students were measured with two different normed tests that could not be compared to statistical significance. The results were presented in tabular form to examine whether or not there was growth. The results indicated that each participant of the study showed growth in reading skills. None of the students regressed, several exhibited minimal growth, and others made moderate gains.

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