Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Students with Autism through the Use of Assistive Technology: Effect of Parent -Teacher Collaboration
Monday, March 6 3:30 PM-4:00 PM
The number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to increase, with current statistics demonstrating that 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with the disorder (Autism Society of America, 2012) and the use of assistive technology is widely recommended by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division of Early Childhood (DEC) as an appropriate intervention strategy to use especially with children who have ASD. The aim of the present study is to explore the importance of continuity in communication, interaction and instruction between parents and teachers in regards to student learning outcomes through training and implementation of an online assistive technology program, VizZle. Teachers (n=8), students (n=16), and parents (n=4) enrolled in self-contained classrooms within the public school system representing preschool, elementary, middle and high school programs were randomly selected as participants and trained to implement the online program.