- By introducing learning games during literacy to autistic children in year 1 is there an improvement in the learning?
I chose this as my research question as I was in a discussion with a group of teachers about using ipad apps in the classroom. Most schools use them within maths and literacy but the discussion was about using them with under achievers, ESL learners and autistic children. This made me quite interested about using the different apps/games available to support and enhance the learning of children within these areas and whether it benefits their learning.
I am interested in this topic as I have worked with Autistic children within different levels and have always wondered about ways to enhance their learning in the areas that they struggle with. (for example literacy) I have seen the benefits of using learning apps/games within the classroom for children, I think that they would improve the learning of an autistic child but it would be dependent on the app/game chosen and as all autistic children fall into a different place on the spectrum. Each autistic child would need specific apps to enhance their learning otherwise I don't see their being a benefit.
There are a lot of different organisations that provide information about the apps that have been created to help autistic children as well as ones to help teachers and support staff monitor autistic children. http://globalautismawareness.blogspot.co.nz/p/apps.html
Autistic children are the ones that are mostly affected by my topic however their families, teachers and carers are also affected.
I went and watched a few you tube videos about autistic children and the use of apps/games, a lot seem to be on how they use them in their personal life with their friends and family
Sitting here writing this has more questions and feelings running through my head and I feel my brain getting all jumbled, I can see a follow up post to this in the next couple of days once I manage to sort through everything in my head.