Testing the Limits of a Reading Comprehension Intervention
This study investigates whether children who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and who have poor reading comprehension will benefit from participating in the EMBRACE intervention. The reading comprehension program is based on the Theory of Embodied Cognition, which focuses on the embodied nature of language comprehension. Our understanding of language is based on mental representations that we create through experiences and are integrated with according sensorimotor information. Therefore, by engaging the motor and language system through reading stories on an iPad that prompt the children to manipulate images on-screen, we might improve children's reading strategies and comprehension scores. Fifty-six children participated in reading three stories and answering related questions over a period of two weeks. Results showed that the intervention was successful in increasing reading comprehension scores in the physical manipulation condition but not in the imaginary manipulation condition. Although lower motor skill scores positively correlated with lower comprehension skills, the children's motor deficits did not moderate their performance on the intervention.
- Valentin, Andrea Cristina (Author)
- Glenberg, Arthur (Thesis director)
- Restrepo, Maria Adelaida (Committee member)
- Adams, Ashley M. (Committee member)
- Department of Speech and Hearing Science (Contributor)
- Barrett, The Honors College (Contributor)