Utter Autism

June 17, 2007

Electronic Books

I’ve been programming, programming, programming. 🙂

As part of his reading exercises, I created two electronic books for him to practice with.  They’re the simple, ready-to-read, step 1 books. We chose “Blue’s Beach Day” and “As You Wish”, which showcases characters from Aladdin.  These were books Adrian enjoyed looking at so he was highly motivated to view them electronically.

Each page requires that Adrian type in the last word and punctuation at the end of the sentence in order to turn the page. If it’s not correct, the page won’t turn.  We’ve had success with this in the past.  In fact, I had to increase the number of words it required him to type.  For now, I’ve set it back to one word until he gets going again.

I’ve also been trying to figure out how else we can start to ‘test’ Adrian’s reading skills.  We know he’s reading more words than we thought.  I just need to write a program that helps us determine what he knows and what he doesn’t, while allowing him to practice reading, typing and matching skills.  I’ve got a few ideas… just need to hash out the programming details. 🙂

I’m sure there are some out there who would argue against using this ‘communication device’ for things like this. I disagree.  One of the important things Adrian needs to be able to communicate is his knowledge.  Adrian can’t submit to traditional testing so figuring out what he knows and what he doesn’t is difficult.  This allows Adrian to communicate his knowledge.  I’m all for using whatever motivational techniques we need to to encourage that. 

In the end, these types of activities allow us to make his educational program as relevant and challenging as possible.  They also give him practice in the skills he needs to develop in order to communicate better – reading, writing and typing.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi,

    Right on! This summer, I had great success working with a student making custom books using his interests. Using a combination of PowerPoint or Intellitools Classroom Suite and the internet you can make some very cool books. Check out some examples of books here: http://alltogether.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/5-powerpoint-books/

    One way to start is: to co-choose a topic, gather the images together, and then just let the student write. Another way is to co construct a story page by page.

    Comment by alltogether — August 26, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

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