Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Conner

Second Advisor

Mary J Jacobson


This study explored the experiences of writing and examined the effects of incorporating a model of writing instruction that integrated strategy instruction and word processing into the writing curriculum of a small group of adolescent students with autism. The research project examined the effect on individual students of the use of Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) writing strategies on both the individual student's experiences of writing, and the quality and quantity of student writing output. In addition, the study examined the effect on individual students of the use of SRSD strategies followed by the use of word processing on both their experiences with writing and the quality and quantity of their writing output. The results of this investigation suggest the strong possibility that SRSD strategy instruction, along with the visual tools and adult support used in the study had a positive impact on the writing performance of the five students involved.


SC 11.MAE.2008.FlotoTho.M

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