An inclusive reading programme for individuals with autism and intellectual disability using multi-media: Application of behaviour analysis and Headsprout early reading programme

Anita Yakkundi*, Karola Dillenburger, Lizbeth Goodman

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Abstract

The autism spectrum is a neurodevelopmental disability covering a wide range of abilities and complexities [1]. The individuals experience varying levels of difficulties in communication, social, sensory regulation skills and engage in repetitive behaviours. Autism can also be accompanied by intellectual disability (ID) and or other comorbidities. Individuals on the autism spectrum often encounter difficulties with reading and comprehension and students with a co-occurring intellectual disability (ID) acquire limited reading skills by the end of their school education. The ability to read influences not only the academic success but impacts on social and communication aspects and acquisition of literacy skills can have long-term impacts on individuals' quality of life. Given the wide range of strengths and challenges experienced by individuals with autism and co-occurring ID, it is necessary to develop individualised intervention. Here we discuss a user-centred, serious game based, reading intervention package [2], using touch screen device and the online available Headsprout® reading program [3] and reading assessment tool [4] to suit students with autism and moderate/severe ID.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
Volume2018-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781538644935
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018
Event23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 31 Oct 201704 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual System & Multimedia (VSMM): Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2474-1485

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period31/10/201704/11/2017

Keywords

  • autism
  • Headsprout®
  • intellectual disability
  • reading
  • touchscreen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Media Technology
  • Modelling and Simulation

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    Yakkundi, A., Dillenburger, K., & Goodman, L. (2018). An inclusive reading programme for individuals with autism and intellectual disability using multi-media: Application of behaviour analysis and Headsprout early reading programme. In Proceedings of the 2017 23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017 (Vol. 2018-January). (International Conference on Virtual System & Multimedia (VSMM): Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/VSMM.2017.8346291