Effects of a Computer-Based Early Reading Program (Headsprout®) on Word List and Text Reading Skills in a Student with Autism

  • Sara A. Whitcomb
  • Jennifer D. Bass
  • James K. Luiselli
Original Article


This study evaluated the effects of a computer-based early reading program, Headsprout®, on accurate reading of word lists and connected text by a student with autism. The dependent measures were four word sets and four short stories that increased in difficulty. In the context of a multiple baseline design, the reading program was associated with improved reading accuracy across the word sets and stories. Data also suggested generalization of word set reading skills. We discuss elements of Headsprout® and implementing computer-based early reading programs with children who have autism.


Computer-based learning Early literacy Autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara A. Whitcomb
    • 1
  • Jennifer D. Bass
    • 2
  • James K. Luiselli
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.May InstituteRandolphUSA

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