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Motivating children with autism to explore language
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Cognition, Development and Disability.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
Göteborgs Universitet.
Dart Drottning Silvias barnsjukhus, Göteborg.
2006 (English)In: Second World Autism Cogress,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

MIR, a focused multimedia strategy, is a newly developed method that has been successful in boosting literacy and communicative development among children with autism (Basil & Reyes, 2003; Heimann et al, 1995: Tjus, Heimann & Nelson, 1998, 2001. 2004; Tjus, 1998). It is a method that establishes a motivating learning environment by combing attractive multimedia material with good teacher support and thus creates a better foundation for developing language and communication skills. MIR combines three building blocks: (1) Multimedia programs that offer immediate feed-back of text material through clear animations and digitized speech representing the same semantic content in different modes. (2) Interaction. The teacher acts as a supportive dialogue partner. (3) Recasting. When appropriate the teacher uses recasts based on the child-s verbal utterances or written sentences created within the multimedia environment. MIR is based on a cognitive theory that aims at specifying the fundamental components necessary for language learning for children with various disabilities. A basic assumption is that several important factors (linguistic, social, cognitive and motivational) need to converge in order for language delayed processes to continue. The MIR strategy has proven effective in creating a rapid progress in learning for children with autism spectrum disorders. Significant gains in literacy have been documented for both reading and phonology and the method has also been effective in motivating children with autism to enter into interesting conversations with their teacher. These results plus a specially developed multimedia tool will be presented and discussed in the presentation. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36865Local ID: 32816OAI: diva2:257714
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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