D7.6: Reading comprehension tests

Project Reference

287607

Project Acronym

FIRST

Project Full Title

A Flexible Interactive Reading Support Tool

Distribution Level

Public                             

Contractual Date of Delivery

31 Dec 2013

Actual Date of Delivery

31 March 2014

Document Number

FIRST_D7.6_20140331

Status & Version

V4

Number of Pages

199 (including appendices)

WP Contributing to the Deliverable

WP7

WP Task responsible

Vesna Jordanova

Authors

Arlinda Cerga Pashoja, Vesna Jordanova

Other Contributors

Martin Keats, David Gil, Antoneta Shishkova, Sandra Freire Prudencio, Ana Gonzalez

Reviewer

Constantin Orasan

EC Project Officer

Krister Olson

Keywords:

Clinical evaluation, reading comprehension testing, MCQs, statistical analysis.

 

Abstract

 

The effectiveness of Open Book in terms of improving reading comprehension for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) was evaluated by reading comprehension testing.

 

294 patients (209 males and 85 females) with high-functioning autism were recruited in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria. Comprehension tests were conducted in a controlled environment under time-limited conditions.

 

Each participant was presented with a battery of 6 texts followed by multiple choice questions and subjective text rating. Three of the texts were simplified through Open Book system and the other three were presented in their original form.  The order of the text presentation was randomly allocated and both researchers and participants were blind to this order. Participants were also blind to the condition of each text. Demographic trends for the sample are analysed and presented.