Date Approved

6-1-2017

Embargo Period

6-2-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Second Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Subject(s)

Children with disabilities--Education; Reading--Phonetic method

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was: (a) to determine the effects of a multisensory phonics instruction approach on students with learning disabilities in a middle school resource room, and (b) to ascertain the impact of phonics instruction at the middle school level for fluency and decoding performance for this particular population. This study utilized a single subject multiple baseline across participants design. Study results show students demonstrated a large increase in performance in both fluency rate and decoding accuracy. The average growth for fluency rate was 35% and the average growth for decoding accuracy among students was 24%. Analyses revealed that the multisensory phonics instruction in the small group setting during student tutorial periods improved their ability to read faster and decode text accurately at their reading levels. Implications for using multisensory phonics instruction for students with learning disabilities to help increase fluency rate and decoding accuracy are discussed.

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