Comprehension gestures: teaching reading comprehension to students with learning disabilities

This action research project was designed to meet the academic needs of a group of students with learning disabilities in a rural education setting. The study focused on the effects of three comprehension gestures on the students’ reading comprehension. The study posed the question: will students with learning disabilities increase reading comprehension by using gestures that represent comprehension strategies? There was not enough triangulated evidence to validate that gestures representing comprehension strategies increased the reading comprehension of students with learning disabilities. The data did validate, through triangulation, that using hand gestures during a reading comprehension discussion does increase reading comprehension. The conclusion was that the students with learning disabilities did increase reading comprehension through gesturing their opinions and thoughts. The significance of the study was that gesturing is an effect means to help students with learning disabilities increase reading comprehension.