Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Students on the autism spectrum frequently have a more challenging time learning new skills, such as identifying sight words, than their neurotypical peers. This study attempted to utilize color preferences in creating teaching materials with the aim of increasing the acquisition rate of learning sight words with a 15 year old Hispanic male student with a diagnosis of autism and the identified need for an increase in sight word identification. Using an AB method, the use of highlighting the target word with the students’ preferred color was evaluated. Due to the specific students’ learning profile and challenges, specifically inattention and needing a longer period of time to learn new skills, this intervention did not show an increase in sight word identification. Future studies should utilize intensive 1:1 instruction, individualized motivational systems, and color preference, to attempt to increase acquisition rate when teaching new sight words.