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Rhonda McEwenon 2 December 2010
Transcript of Rogers TabLife
Catherine Deneuve autism is
the fastest growing development disability in the world with 1 in every 150 births being affected by this disorder.
a difference in social thinking, emotional regulation, and communication.
an absence or impairment in the social instinct. rhonda mcewen, phd
university of toronto
rhonda dot mcewen at utoronto dot ca "I love the iPad. You should see the kids react to it It is amazing. We got this Jackson Pollock app that you barely have to touch and you have to see their faces :).
One of the kids in my room that has never really shown any interest in any object - not even the iPod Touch - was so engaged with the iPad and grinning from ear to ear". - Stacie, teacher - SK-Grade 1. Phase 1 results
Purposeful & intentional engagement with educational material
incented - behaviours
increased augmented and verbal communication
self-initiated social interaction with peers "..a student in my class initiated communication with the iPad. He scrolled through pics and found a picture of outside and pressed it. So we went right outside!!!".
Teacher, Grades 2 and 3. "one of my students has been getting through his afternoon routine super quickly with the iPad as his reward. And yesterday he shared it with another student, all by himself, and the two of them played the hockey game together. . i'm a happy teacher". Sabrina, teacher JK & SK. implications
Quality of life
Mediation affordances of touch technologies
"Cost is a huge factor withsome of the devices designed to support communication for autistic people - $10,000-30,000 versus $500". Parent " ...it's hard to impress upon people that the gains are small but we are trying to explain that every small gain is so huge for these guys". Teacher, Grades 7 and 8. Applications most used:
receptive language programs
individual educational goals
transitions Three- to five-year-old autistic children are less likely to exhibit social understanding, approach others spontaneously, imitate and respond to emotions, communicate nonverbally, and take turns with others. However, they do form attachments to their primary caregivers
Contrary to a common belief, autistic children do not prefer being alone. Making and maintaining friendships just often proves to be difficult for those with autism. Picture Exchange Communication System multimedia
immediate feedback - haptic
scalable touch technologies in the classroom - research study on autism and iPads & iPod touch devices - toronto 2010. TDSB JK-8, n=12