Monday, March 18, 2013

ECHOES Research Project - Virtual Technology

The ECHOES research project originating out of the United Kingdom has had some substantial results in supporting the development of social skills for students with Autism. They us a device which appears to be a TAP-it to engage the students. The TAP-it functions similarly to the smartboards but allows for many other positional modifications making it much more accessible to a variety of students. Here is an article on the ECHOES program: Technology use in the classroom. There are a variety of social skills apps (one example) and programs which have been proven effective for some students. The ECHOES research looks very promising and should be publishing if they have not already the first part of their research soon. Andy is the virtual boy who assists in teaching social skills.

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