This is a method that we used ourselves right at the beginning when Isy had no language or speech.
We first thought before she was diagnosed with Autism that she might have had a speech developmental delay, and so she was seeing a speech therapist when they suggested we get her checked out for Autism, as their opinion was that she was showing some classic traits of ASD.
Not long after Isy was diagnosed Liz went to America and did the SON-RISE program, on her return we set up a therapy room and began intensive Early Intervention / ABA style work with Isy.
We put together a computer for Isy to use in the therapy room, as we noticed that at The Briars Special Early Learning Centre, where she attended a few days of the week, she enjoyed interactive learning programs and looking at pictures on the computer. At that point we had an idea and we started to make up some Flash Card style Powerpoint presentations.
Powerpoint was a good way to make up interactive Flash Cards that we could add sound to. We found that by using pictures that Isy liked and adding colourful letters and words with the sound of our voices, she was really intrigued and wanted to look at the Flash Cards, so much so that she thrashed them.
The first set we made up were of the alphabet with each letter popping up in succession along with the phonetic sound of the letter. We progressed onto words then stories. She absolutely loved them and that had a huge impact on her speech and language learning.
For most Autistic or ASD children and children with special learning needs this is a good way to teach them basic language skills, particularly the phonetic alphabet and how those sounds are used to create words.
Unlike videos and or classroom type learning, they can control the learning themselves by interacting (going back and forward as they need) with the Flash Cards (with sound). It is also important to make the learning fun, and when they see pictures of things they like and you make them colourful with sounds and voices they recognise it makes them want to learn even more.
Below is an example of the alphabet Flash Cards (with sound) that have been converted to “Flash” multimedia format. In the next post I will go through step by step on how to create these on Powerpoint with sound and even add some effects to make it more fun.
Click the arrows to go forward or back.
If you don’t have Powerpoint don’t worry, OpenOffice have a Powerpoint equivalent called Impress and it comes with the OpenOffice suite. Best of all it’s completely free open source software and completely compatible with Microsoft Office. Find out more or download OpenOffice from their website: http://www.openoffice.org/
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