THE USE OF COMPUTERS AND INTERACTIVE BOARD TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

V. Thomopoulou1, S. Nikolidakis2, E. Konstandaros1

1Special Education School of Kalamata (GREECE)
2University of Peloponnese (GREECE)
The importance of computer and Interactive Whiteboard usage with autistic children is examined in this work. Computers in conjunction with Interactive Whiteboard stimulate and maintain autistic children’s interest in the learning procedure. Within the context of Special Education as well as relevant educational privileges, the benefits of new technologies utilization are multiple and remarkable in the sense that they facilitate fine-motor problems, assist concepts management and positively reinforce the students’ self-esteem and self-confidence. Thus, these children become active participants of the learning procedure in a productive and collaborative atmosphere where no one is isolated. The phenomenon of these children being addressed as the “others” is significantly limited. Moreover, the interaction with each other as well as with their teachers through special software packets and the cultivation of their receptive and productive skills boost their creativity offering them boundless possibilities to broaden their learning and enhance their affective domain of satisfaction, emotional fulfillment and happiness conducive to their incorporation into the social environment.