Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Jennifer Garrett


Book clubs (Discussion groups); Autistic children--Education; Autistic children--Books and reading;


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social communication and interaction, as well as repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities. Individuals with ASD are also known to struggle with reading comprehension. Difficulties in social communication and interaction may lead to depression, while poor literacy skills may result in unemployment and poverty. Because book clubs target social communication and interaction, as well as reading comprehension, they may be beneficial for individuals with ASD. Indeed, some evidence already exists to support this belief. Through literature review of book clubs in general, currently existing book clubs and information on starting them for individuals with ASD, and adaptions to support individuals with ASD in reading comprehension and social communication and interaction, this paper addresses the question, “How does one create and facilitate a book club for children with ASD?” The answers drawn then take the form of a freely available work book for anyone interested in starting a book club for children grades three through four with ASD.

Year of Submission



Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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