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Pearson's EBP Briefs: Teaching Reading to Youth with Fragile X Syndrome: Should phonemic awareness and phonics instruction be used?

Pearson's EBP Briefs: Teaching Reading to Youth with Fragile X Syndrome: Should phonemic awareness and phonics instruction be used?
Allison Brazendale, Psy.D, Suzanne M. Adlof, PhD, Jessica Klusek, PhD, CCC-SLP, Jane E. Roberts, PhD
June 4, 2018
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Structured AbstractClinical Question: Would a child with fragile X syndrome benefit more from phonemic awareness and phonics instruction or whole-word training to increase reading skills? Method: Systematic review Study Sources: PsycINFO Search Terms: fragile X OR Down syndrome OR cognitive impairment OR cognitive deficit OR cognitive disability OR intellectual disorder OR intellectual delay OR intellectual disability OR mental retardation AND whole word OR sight word OR phonological awareness OR phonics Number of studies included: FXS = 0; DS = 6; ID = 17 ...


Allison Brazendale, Psy.D

Dr. Brazendale is the Director of Psychology at the Autism Academy of South Carolina and an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina. She is also the Founder of the nonprofit Camp M.A.T.E.S., a sports, social skills, and nutrition camp for kids with autism and ADHD. Her research focuses on overall health and wellness in youth with autism and other developmental disabilities. 


Suzanne M. Adlof, PhD

Dr. Adlof directs the SCROLL Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. Her research investigates the relationship between oral language and reading development and disorders, with the long-term goals of predicting, preventing, and remediating reading comprehension difficulties. 


Jessica Klusek, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Klusek is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on communication profiles in autism and fragile X-associated conditions.


Jane E. Roberts, PhD

Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina.  The focus of her research is on the early detection and developmental trajectory of anxiety and autism in high risk infants with fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.



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