Purpose

The purpose of the Reading Development Project is to understand the trajectory of students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in reading and language.  We hope to provide a clear picture of how much growth teachers can expect in areas critical for reading success:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Concepts About Print
  • Letter Names and Sounds
  • Decoding
  • Word Reading
  • Text Reading
  • Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary
  • Listening and Reading Comprehension

We also want to understand the context the children are developing within and will interview parents and teachers about their literacy practices and instructional choices. 

Participants

We are currently recruiting children with Intellectual Disability in Grades 1, 2, and 3.  The label that they are served under in Special Education is not important.  They can be in public or private school. What matters is that they fit our criteria of < 2 SD in adapative functioning AND <2 SD in IQ.  If you are interested in learning more or enrolling in this project, contact Colin Gasamis at readingdevproject@uw.edu