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Drawing a Blank
Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum

Students with autism should not have struggle with reading comprehension! Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be fluent word callers; indeed, many have advanced ability to recognize words. However, many people with autism spectrum disorder need support when it comes to reading comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle and difficult to tease out. As a result, their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. This is where Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum is helpful. This practical and well-researched resource provides educational professionals and parents with the tools needed to improve comprehension for good decoders who have reading comprehension difficulties, as well as readers who struggle with both decoding and comprehension. In keeping with current standards, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based and promising practices, based on thorough assessment of students with autism spectrum. This resource helps those with autism spectrum disorder learn how they can become better and more effective readers. Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.


Emily Iland,
MA, in Santa Clarita, CA, with her husband Steve and their family. In Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z, she draws on her experiences advocating for her son Tom who has ASD, and assisting other families. Emily's co-author is her sister, Barbara Doyle, who shares her perspective as an educational professional and autism specialist. Emily translated their book into Spanish and published the Spanish version in June, 2005. Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z is the winner of the 2006 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year from the Autism Society of America. In April, 2007 both books were awarded the Exceptional Parent Magazine Symbol of Excellence Award. Emily is a member of the Transition Task Force of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and will be providing data from her thesis to inform the Commission's legislative recommendations. She is the Secretary of the Autism Society of America, Los Angeles, and a founding member of SCAAN, Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network. Emily is a founding member of C.L.E.A.R, Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response, a collaborative to reduce criminal involvement of people with disabilities and help law enforcement officials be informed in their response to people with special needs.

ISBN: 9781934575772

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 01 2016
Customer Review: Aamay - Emily Iland does a wonderful job in presenting the very real barriers to comprehension that are unique to AS readers, and in offering practical ways to work around these barriers. Her discussion of what is known about AS reading comprehension is remarkably lucid and she clearly has a great depth of experience with, and understanding of, people on the autism spectrum. I find her approach to be creative and inclusive, which is a benefit in any educational environment.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 01 2016
Customer Review: Seattlite - Wow. We've all been waiting for this book for YEARS! It details nearly every imaginable problem a student with autism will have when trying to make sense of written material. In our large district even the highest functioning autistic students, including those with Aspergers, have an extremely low pass rate on NCLB mandated state tests by the time they reach high school. Any teacher who thinks their high functioning autistic students are doing just fine, should check out those results for a wake-up call. There is tons and tons of practical advise in this book for things to work on. Our language arts and special educators should use this book and really intesively focus on this very important issue that is an obstacle in the lives of students on the autism spectrum. The book tends to be most applicable to students with hyperlexia even though the issues apply to students that aren't hyperlexic. Also, undue emphasis is placed on a few "research" articles. The research for these articles is so poor and scant, one wonders why any weight is given to it. Despite this small critism, this book is great and a must have. I hope the author has a follow-up that gives parents and teachers more detailed information on how to prioritize issues and measure progress. We need that too!
LENEXA, Kansas
June 01 2016
Customer Review: Bhudlion - This is a very current and well written book on hyperlexia, a reading disability, which is somewhat unique to high functioning children on the autism spectrum. This is a great book for educators and practitioners in the field of autism but it is also most excellent for parents of young children high functioning autism and hyperlexia. As a current special educator in this area, I would very highly recommend reading it.
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