Teaching Reading to a Non-Verbal Child with Autism - A Pilot Study

Yoga B. Santoso, Syihabuddin Syihabuddin, Djadja Rahardja, Ernie C. Siregar, H. Herlina, Riskma N. R. Akhlan, Rahmatrisilvia Rahmatrisilvia, Arief Taboer, Ranti Novianti, A. Rahim Kurniawan

Abstract

The conventional thinking believes that children should learn how to speak before they can read. In fact, about 20-50% of autistic children cannot speak. This pilot study aimed to teach reading to a non-verbal child with autism by utilizing of his readily available visual memory skills. This is an experimental study of a non-verbal child with autism. The child was taught how to read through a sight word reading approach using a picture-to-text matching instruction for two hours in a day in 30 days. This study revealed that the child managed to understand 30 written words to which he was taught. This shows that a non-verbal child with autism can still read regardless of his inability to speak. Sight word reading approach enables a non-verbal child with autism to learn to read because it does not require a decoding ability. It is expected that a further study can be carried out with more subjects so as to figure out the effectiveness of the application of sight word reading approach to teaching reading to non-verbal children with autism.

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Santoso Y., Syihabuddin S., Rahardja D., Siregar E., Herlina H., Akhlan R., Rahmatrisilvia R., Taboer A., Novianti R. and Kurniawan A. (2017). Teaching Reading to a Non-Verbal Child with Autism - A Pilot Study.In 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES, ISBN 978-989-758-314-8, pages 490-493. DOI: 10.5220/0007053010391042


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@conference{ices17,
author={Yoga B. Santoso and Syihabuddin Syihabuddin and Djadja Rahardja and Ernie C. Siregar and H. Herlina and Riskma N. R. Akhlan and Rahmatrisilvia Rahmatrisilvia and Arief Taboer and Ranti Novianti and A. Rahim Kurniawan},
title={Teaching Reading to a Non-Verbal Child with Autism - A Pilot Study},
booktitle={1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES,},
year={2017},
pages={490-493},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007053010391042},
isbn={978-989-758-314-8},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES,
TI - Teaching Reading to a Non-Verbal Child with Autism - A Pilot Study
SN - 978-989-758-314-8
AU - Santoso Y.
AU - Syihabuddin S.
AU - Rahardja D.
AU - Siregar E.
AU - Herlina H.
AU - Akhlan R.
AU - Rahmatrisilvia R.
AU - Taboer A.
AU - Novianti R.
AU - Kurniawan A.
PY - 2017
SP - 490
EP - 493
DO - 10.5220/0007053010391042