Computer-based reading for young children with disabilities

In References on June 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

Lee & Vail (2005). Computer-based reading instruction for young children with disabilities.


In an effort to find the most effective strategies for teaching reading, researchers examined a variety of systematic prompting procedures. Several effective teaching strategies include: constant or a progressive time delay, simultaneous prompting, system of least prompt, or stimulus fading procedure. Among the procedures, the constant time delay procedure has been shown to be the most effective and efficient (Browder & Xin, 1998).


Independent variable

The intervention program, Word Wizard, was developed.

At the beginning of session: the participant’s name and selected time interval were entered.

The target words were selected from Dolch word lists and high frequency words lists in the school district.

5-second constant time-delay procedure.

Descriptive verbal praise for every correct response.


A multiple probe design across four word sets, replicated by four participants (Tawney & Gast, 1984) was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the computer program for teaching sight word recognition.


Generalization procedures

Incidental learning procedures


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