Technology Marries Creativity to Treat Autism

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According to speech-language pathologists, children with autism process images with more depth than others. With that in mind, many organizations and researchers are utilizing technologically advanced visual tools to promote creativity and socialization activities.

Howard Shane, PhD, director of the Center for Communication Enhancement at Children’s Hospital Boston, led a team of clinicians from Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to work with The Visual Language Program at the Monarch Center for Autism, to use theses tools in particular methods.

Shane commented on their progress, “ubiquitous use of individualized, meaningful visual supports for organization, expression and instruction is very effective with this population,he continued to say, “presenting those supports interactively on a computer or electronic whiteboard makes them even more effective.”

Monarch heavily relies on technology such as video modeling, computers, touch screens, and Smart Boards™ by Smart to treat children with autism and brought these methods to work with the other institutes.

They specify that when teaching older children with autism, Interactive Lessons were predominantly being used. Because the Interactive Lessons provide actual examples of what they are supposed to be doing, this not only keeps their attention, but also teaches them a way to understand concepts.

Another way the researchers taught the children with autism was to have them interact with children who range on the spectrum through specific technologies. Specifically, the study used the Smart Boards™ by Smart so all the kids can get creative and participate to form one “joint focus group.” The researchers said that this provides another dynamic; imperative for children with autism to learn about.

For more information on this story, please check back. The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) will continue to post on this topic, as new details are received. Official link to autism news website: www.icare4autism.org

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