Reading and Academic Development Research Group

The Reading and Academic Development Research (RADR) group examines reading and related areas of academic development across different groups of school-age children. Broadly, the research focuses on meeting the diverse instructional needs of students from specific backgrounds by identifying reading and writing difficulties and developing effective instructional approaches. Past and ongoing projects involve longitudinal research investigations of the development of reading and writing skills over multiple years in children who are classified as English language learners (ELL), children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and children with early risk profiles for reading difficulties and disabilities. Intervention projects have been conducted with many subgroups of children including ELL, ASD (with and without intellectual disabilities), ADHD, and reading disabilities.