In collaboration with District 75 Citywide Programs, New York City Department of Education, EDC conducted a rigorous study of Structured Methods in Language Education (SMiLE), a highly structured, multisensory reading program that provides students with significant cognitive disabilities who are non- or beginning readers with the skills to access authentic text, become readers, and move toward greater independence. The study demonstrated that the SMiLE program had a positive and significant effect on reading skills for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Few studies of literacy programs for students with significant cognitive disabilities have been done with such a large sample size, and the positive results, particularly for reading sub-tests, indicate that SMiLE can be effective for this student population.

Resource Details

Media Type
PDF
Resource Type
Studies
Authors
Caroline E. Parker, Sarah MacGillivray, Becca Schillaci, Raizy Reider (District 75), Lauren Katzman (Arizona State University)
Date
2020
Length
2 pp