Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 359–362

Brief Report: Vocabulary Acquisition for Children with Autism: Teacher or Computer Instruction

Authors

  • Monique Moore
    • Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, and the Department of PsychologyGeorgetown University
  • Sandra Calvert
    • Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, and the Department of PsychologyGeorgetown University
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005535602064

Cite this article as:
Moore, M. & Calvert, S. J Autism Dev Disord (2000) 30: 359. doi:10.1023/A:1005535602064

Abstract

This study examined the impact of computers on the vocabulary acquisition of young children with autism. Children's attention, motivation, and learning of words was compared in a behavioral program and an educational software program. The educational software program was designed to parallel the behavioral program, but it added perceptually salient qualities such as interesting sounds and object movement. Children with autism were more attentive, more motivated, and learned more vocabulary in the computer than in the behavioral program. Implications are considered for the development of computer software to teach vocabulary to children who have autism.

Vocabulary acquisition autism computer technology

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