Increasing reading and communication skills in children with autism through an interactive multimedia computer program

An interactive, child-initiated software package was used in teaching reading and communication skills to 3 groups of children (n=30), including 20 children with autism and mixed disabilities. Results suggest that such programs may stimulate reading and communication, but that interventions must be individualized and include detailed planning and monitoring from teachers, parents, and clinicians.

Author: 
Heimann, M., Nelson, K. E., Tjus, T., & Gillberg, C.
Year: 
1995
Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 25(5), 459-480.
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
reading
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
multimedia products and projects
multiple formats of text and notation
opportunities to learn concepts
practice and reinforcement activities