The present study investigates whether children with autism would benefit from using an interactive and child initiated microcomputer program (ALPHA) when learning to read and write. Previous research has demonstrated strong effects when used with deaf or multihandicapped children. In this study, six children with autism used a Swedish version of ALPHA for a period of 3 to 4 months. In addition, one autistic child used the U.S. version when learning English as a second language. The results indicate strong gains in reading and phonological skills for four of the children. One child displayed a mixed pattern and two children failed to show any improvement. It is concluded that interactive micro-computer instruction may be of help for children with autism, but that mental age, motivation, and overall interest in communication must be considered when planning such interventions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Speech and Hearing
- LPN and LVN