Capstone/Dissertation Title

Creating an educational board game for students with autism using reading comprehension strategies

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, when making a board game for students with autism, what reading comprehension strategies and autism need areas should be integrated in the creation and development of a game? The project documents the creation of an autism board game. The research reviews autism, reading skills, reading comprehension strategies, and educational board games. Key autism researcher Tony Atwood influenced the research in the explanation of how theory of mind, weak central coherences, and executive function theories affect individuals with autism and how they process information. Autism researchers Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott reveal reading comprehension strategies that benefit individuals with autism in the learning of reading skills. The author develops a game that combines autism need areas, reading comprehension strategies, and educational board game components. The board game includes real-life scenarios that are challenging for individuals with autism. .

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