Recent India Teacher Workshop on Use of Computer Technology for Autistic Children

Teacher Workshop
Last month a five-day teacher workshop was sponsored by the Autism Society of India and the Spastics Society of Karnataka to
demonstrate software applications in the teaching of autistic children. Some of the packages demonstrated included: Natak role-playing software, JAWS screen-reader software, and the new Scratch programming software for children from MIT

Read more here.

Video Technology for the Autism Classroom

TV Story on New Video Technology for the Autism Classroom

A new process developed by a Georgia Tech PhD graduate allows teachers to film activities and behaviors in their classrooms using multiple cameras. Read more and watch the news story here.

Information about the technology provider here.

Article: Designing from Requirements: a Case Study of Project Spectrum

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An article on the development of a school learning environment for autistic children that incorporates computers and other technology was recently published. The article details the classroom design led by Coventry University’s Design Ergonomics Applied Research Group.

Abstract: Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders suffer from varying degrees of qualitative impairments in social interaction, communication and restricted patterns of behaviour. This is accompanied by hyper- and hypo-sensitivities in each of the senses. Given that each child seems to have a unique profile, there is a clear need to develop systems that may not only be of benefit and pleasure to them, but that are also tailorable to their individual characteristics. This paper outlines the research undertaken in understanding the characteristics of children with ASD and how such an understanding has led to the development of a low cost, multimedia environment for mainstream schools.

For a copy of the complete paper, e-mail Jenny Murray of Communications Management at jenny@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.

More information about the project is available here.