About this Issue: Supporting Writers Across the Autism Spectrum
Welcome to Volume 39, Number 2 of Topics in Language Disorders. Issue editors, Drs. Matthew Zajic and Kristie Asaro-Saddler conceived this issue, Supporting Writers Across the Autism Spectrum, and invited authors to address writing interventions for school-age individuals with autism. The issue begins with a study by Zajic, Dunn, and Berninger that compares the learning profiles and responsiveness to writing intervention of an adolescent with autism and another with oral and written language disorder. Then Asaro-Saddler, Ellis-Robinson, and Eacker present a small-scale intervention study using biographical poetry as means for historical content learning and summarization. Next, Pennington and Carpenter provide five recommendations for teaching writing to students with ASD and complex communication needs. Finally, Sturm, Asaro-Saddler, and Nitzel use interview data from school administrators to help identify factors that impede and facilitate implementing quality writing instruction for children with complex learning needs, including those who have autism. We recommend this issue for its insights into writing interventions for a group of students whom often face difficulties in becoming effective communicators through written language.
Gary A. Troia, Co-Editor
Sarah E. Wallace, Co-Editor
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