In 2000, National Reading Panelists (NRP) reported that computer delivered reading instruction has potential for promoting the reading skills of students at-risk for reading failure. However, panelists also noted a scarcity of data present in the literature on the effects of computer-based reading instruction. This preliminary investigation examined the effects of two parent implemented computer-based reading programs on the reading skills of 25 students at-risk for reading failure/difficulties/disabilities in grades K, 1, & 2. Further, a questionnaire was administered with parents and students to elicit their perceptions of the effectiveness and desirability of the programs. The results indicate that computer-based programs are effective in increasing certain basic early literacy skills of students at-risk for reading failure. The results, implications, and limitations are discussed.
Computer-based reading programs: A preliminary investigation of two parent-implemented programs with students at risk for reading failure
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, Vol. 10 (1), 71-81.
birth to preschool
IDEA Disability Category:
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
opportunities to learn concepts
practice and reinforcement activities
National Reading Panel Standards:
English Language Arts:
Reading: Foundational Skills
Reading: Informational Text