Increasing reading and communication skills in children with autism through an interactive multimedia computer program
Keywords:Reading and communication skills, interactive multimedia
This article investigated the effectiveness of Computer-aided instructions (CAI) that utilize a high interactive and motivating multimedia settings in teaching reading and writing skills to students with autism. Specifically, this article investigated using “an interactive and child-initiated microcomputer program (Alpha)” in teaching students with autism reading and writing skills (p.459). this program “use on-screen animations as well as videodisc material that gives the child an immediate feedback” and “each noun or verb is immediately animated during sentence creation, and after completion the whole sentence is shown in text and as an animation” (p.462). Moreover, the teacher provides the student with promoting atmosphere by asking questions that can help the student to learn new structure of language.
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