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framework for computer-aided learning for autism

In References on June 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

UK paper

Related to core deficits: social skills, communication, and rigidity

 

 

Moore, D., McGrath, P., & Thorpe, J. (2000). Computer-aided learning for people with autism – a framework for research and development. Innovation in Education and Training International, 37, 218-228.

 

Proposes a framework for further research and development in the field of computer-aided learning for students with autism.

 

A possible difficulty: is there not a basic danger that the computer will be so appealing to autistic individuals that they will become more autistic in relating to it?

The concern is an example of a wider issue, that between individualized learning on the one hand and the need to socialize on the other.

à Part of the answer to this concern is to point out that computer-based learning may well in fact be in a social situation.

Higgins and Boone (1996) advocate the use of computer buddies. There is evidence that computer-based work can lead to more interaction with other people, better turn-taking for example (Chen & Bernard-Opitz, 1993).

CAL may actually help to promote social interaction.

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