MA Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Kuder, Sydney J.
multisensory phonics, reading fluency, decoding accuracy
Children with disabilities--Education; Reading--Phonetic method
Language and Literacy Education | Special Education and Teaching
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.
Williams, Angela, "The effects of multisensory phonics instruction on the fluency and decoding skills of students with learning disabilities in a middle school resource classroom" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2425.