On the Effect of Multimedia Computer Programs: Gains Made by Children with Autism in Reading, Motivation, and Communication Skills
Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development,
An interactive multimedia program to facilitate the acquisition of reading, writing, and overall communication skills in children with significant language delays was developed and evaluated in Sweden with two studies. Participating in the first study were 11 children (ages 6 to 13) with autism, 9 children (mean age 13) with mixed disabilities, and 10 normal pre-school children (mean age 6). The software used (Alpha Interactive Language Series/Gator Super Sentences) was constructed to facilitate language learning through multichannel feedback (voice, animation, and video). In the second study, 11 children (ages 4 to 11) with autism used a Swedish version of the software, DeltaMessages. This software allows for adjustment to individual learning needs and the combining of various language modes. Both studies unambiguously demonstrated that an interactive microcomputer learning environment facilitated language learning for children with autism. Verbal exchanges and positive feelings related to the learning situation were also observed. (DB)
Heimann, M. (1995). On the Effect of Multimedia Computer Programs: Gains Made by Children with Autism in Reading, Motivation, and Communication Skills. Presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development 1995.