This study investigated the use of an adapted shared reading protocol with three children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in home settings.
The researchers did this research by using multiple baselines across participant’s designs. This investigation replicated and extended a previous analysis by Browder et al. to children with ASD and home settings. Besides, this study also tried to investigate whether the intervention package’s components contribute to its overall effectiveness. The last thing that was of significant importance was how the participating children generalized their ability to engage in adapted shared reading with the researcher to shared reading with their parents was explored.
This study concluded through its findings that the children with ASD demonstrated improvements in shared reading engagement, and these improvements generalized to shared reading with the children’s parents. Further studies with a larger sample size are required to explore the adapted shared storybook reading and its application for children with autism spectrum disorders in home, educational institutions, and other settings.