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How has ICT helped People with Autism

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How has ICT helped People with Autism Autism is a "brain disorder that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood", [1] autism is a disease that affects three areas of a child's development. They are social interaction, communication and creative or imaginative play. Now teachers, parents, carers and computer companies have realized how much progress a child with autism can make using a computer. Autism affects "115,000 families in the UK" [2], all these families have had to find special schools and items to help their child to deal with this problem. These schools will be more populated by boys as autism, "affects four times as many boys as girls" [3]. Autism affects all races and nationalities so it has nothing to do with where you live or what colour skin you have. It is a disease to do with the brain. ...read more.


The teaching style they use is progressional. So after the children have learnt and mastered these skills they move on to the next step. They are then moved to more advanced computer skills like, "matching, speech recognition, memory, sorting and painting", [5]. After this progression the child is made to move onto more curricular activities. This is because the ICT curriculum splits up into, "language and literacy, mathematics, science and creative skills" [6]. All these skills can lead to the children progressing leaps and bounds and slowly work the brain into help them communicate, socialize and play better. Software programmes are not all that can help autistic children they can also use the internet to help them at home and at school. At home it can be used as a way for the parents to get more involved with their child's education. ...read more.


Some of the children's favourite sections are, "fun and games, art box, and stories" [8]. The stuff in these categories have for the children to play with are easy enough for them to work on independently which also helps them with their learning. These games and pages contain stimulating activities and music. The story side of the sight is also helpful, more to the teachers than the students, because children with autism have difficulties with their attention span. So using the computer to help tell them stories is an easier way for both the teacher and students to benefit from the story. Lastly computers seem to be one of the very best ways of teaching autistic children at school and at home. Computer software and the internet are helping children with autism progress and are helping them to deal with their condition better. The TreeHouse children have made progress and still are and other children with autism should follow these steps so that they too can progress like the children at TreeHouse. ...read more.

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