Autism Language Program
Research and development
For more than 25 years, our research and development has been intricately tied to our clinical work. We have a long history of using technology in our center to help children communicate and learn. It is our intention to recommend software and hardware combinations that will allow our patients to communicate and learn more effectively. We try to connect a child's needs with available and appropriate technology. When such technology does not exist, we make every effort to develop it.
Our clinical observations have revealed that children on the spectrum are interested in all forms of electronic media. We conducted an extensive survey to quantify this observation. We surveyed 90 families of children (age 3-15) with autism from the Midwest and the east coast.
Partial results of the survey:
- Children had extensive computer, television and video interest.
- Animated characters were more interesting than human figures.
- Majority of the children spend more time with media than they do with all other forms of play combined.
These findings are helping us discover ways to use animated characters as therapeutic tools to help children learn language.