ICT can be an accessible, engaging and motivating tool for learners who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is particularly important that this access is managed to ensure well defined purposes and learning outcomes are made clear to the learner.
- Give timed tasks with clear expectations e.g. task is finished/saved/printed/shared
- Make use of schedules, calendars, to do lists, task checklists and visual timetables to support organisation
- Provide opportunities to develop social communication through online collaborative work, creating resources for and with peers and sharing expertise
- Encourage the development of good keyboarding skills to minimise frustration, but also consider word prediction to speed up the writing process
- Use mindmapping to structure writing in a focused manner
Consider using alternatives to formal writing tasks, e.g. animation, film-making, podcasting etc.