New Software Helps Autistic Children Build Language
By: Angela Nelson
Did you know that research shows that children with autism can benefit from computer based education programs?
Studies by Patricia Hutinger and Robert Rippey indicate that computer based education may help children with autism for the following reasons:
- Computer instruction may be more consistent than parental or teacher instruction.
- The consistency of computer instruction is predictable and offers no surprises.
- Software is interesting, responsive, interactive, and presented in more than one mode, appealing to varying interests and sensibilities.
- Computers are safe, they don’t become frustrated or angry.
- Computer based instruction offers the child a level of control which is something they may not have in other environments.
For years photo realistic cards have been a key component of autism and speech therapy programs around the world. Now over 500 images from the best selling Language Builder Card sets have been turned into the Language Builder Software set. The Language Builder software can be used independently or with assistance to increase vocabulary and help develop basic language concepts.
This software features the following seven essential language development activities:
- Basic Word Identification
- Identical Matching
- Similar Matching
- Matching by Line Drawing
- Voice Recording
- Printable worksheets
A variety of options allow parents, therapists, or teachers to individually customize each activity to meet the needs of each child with whom they are working. Multiple user settings allow this software to be used by several children in a classroom or clinical setting. A helpful report feature tracks the progress of each learner.
Angela Nelson received her BA and JD from UCLA where she studied and practiced behavior psychology under Dr. Ivar Lovaas. As Founder and CEO of Stages Learning Materials, Angela has created autism and special needs curriculum products since 1997.