An investigation of computer animated reinforcers as a motivational tool for children with autism

L. Walsh, M. Barry

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    Abstract

    This research investigates the development of Discrete Trial Instruction (DTI) multimedia software to teach social skills to young learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). An online social scenario animation has been created, along with a series of quizzes in order to assist in the knowledge transfer of significant points within the social skills prototype. An investigation is also ongoing into the creation of computer-based games (or reinforcers) to reward young learners on completion of a lesson. These games seek to positively motivate and encourage young learners to learn new skills via the computer. Fieldwork for this investigation was completed with local special needs schools, in order to gain an understanding of user requirements. Interview findings suggest that children are drawn to moving objects and unusual sound effects. Some children also show a preference for linear designs, similar to those found in alphabetic letters. Many of these learners enjoy spending time watching flowing text of movie subtitles on a screen. A set of reinforcers has been created and integrated into the social skills prototype. A nationwide survey has been conducted with Irish special needs schools, and findings from this evaluation should contribute to design specifications for future multimedia development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Eventm-ICTE 2009, V International Conference on Multimedia and ICT in Education - Lisbon, Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 01 Jan 2009 → …

    Conference

    Conferencem-ICTE 2009, V International Conference on Multimedia and ICT in Education
    CityLisbon, Portugal
    Period01/01/2009 → …

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