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Computer-aided instruction (CAI) is the use of computers to teach academic skills, promote communication and language development, and teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to recognize and predict others' emotions. Due to ever-changing computer technology and the rapid introduction of computer software into the educational market, this module will focus on the salient aspects of CAI and how to choose computer software that has been shown to be effective with learners with ASD.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 33 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  1. Increase their knowledge regarding computer-aided instruction (CAI) with learners with ASD
  2. Describe the guidelines for selecting and implementing CAI
  3. Describe challenges involved in the selection and use of CAI and how such challenges can be addressed in practice
  4. Identify key resources for implementing CAI

Module Authors

Lana Collet-Klingenberg, Ph.D.

L. Collet-Klingenberg earned her Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. Her professional experiences include teaching individuals with a wide range of abilities in school and community settings. Lana's graduate studies focused on communication and social skills and the transition from school to adult life for young adults. Since 1998, she has been involved in pre-service teacher education at both UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison, as well as having worked on a number of federal and state grant initiatives focused on non-verbal communication, improving transition services, and creating authentic schools for all learners.

Module Contributors

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) was funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education from 2007-2014. The work of the NPDC was a collaboration among three universities-the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the MIND Institute, University of California-Davis. The goal of the NPDC was to promote the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and youth with ASD, birth to 22 years of age.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was developed by The National Professional Development Center On Autism Spectrum Disorders

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