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Emily Illand

Drawing a Blank I

Presented By:
Emily Illand, California State University, Northridge
November 10, 2015
3:30pm - 4:30pm Eastern

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 Drawing a Blank I- Readers on the autism spectrum who can decode well but don’t understand are experiencing what amounts to a reading disability. Because of features of ASD, these readers face unique challenges and need specialized intervention. Join us to learn what research tells us about this problem AND evidence-based solutions to try.

In this session participants will:

  • Identify the direct link between developmental deficits in autism and comprehension failure
  • Examine findings from literature that identifies more than thirty areas where comprehension breakdown occurs and the specific skills that require explicit instruction
  • Explore the current status of research on this topic and the five evidence-based practices available to address the needs of good decoders with poor comprehension

Emily Iland, M.A. is an award-winning author, advocate, researcher, and leader in the autism field. She is the mother of a young man with ASD and brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles. Emily is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. She is an educational consultant, presenting a variety of topics at conferences in both English and Spanish, all over the U.S. and abroad. She is known for the clear way she presents complex information! Areas of special focus include Reading Comprehension & ASD, Autism 101, Sibling Issues & Family Balance, Social & Friendship Skills, Play & Social Inclusion, and Skills for Safety & Independence, Autism & Law Enforcement, Transition to Adulthood, Autism & the College Experience, Autism in the Workplace, and Adult Relationships.


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