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RE: Multiple Means of Expression
Fri Jun 5, 2015 22:43

Yes, the devices used to assist individuals with ASD were great. I had never seen devices like those used before. While watching Matthew and his mom read and use one of these devices I was skeptical if Matthew was just randomly pressing buttons or purposefully doing so. However, at the end of the video you can tell Matthew knows what he is doing when he presses the finished button and then proceeds to get off his mom's lap.

In regard to your question, I believe that it depends on the student, some students will resist change and others will welcome it. To my understanding many individuals with ASD like to have a schedule and do not like change. This may be an obstacle to moving on to more complex teaching methods. However, if a teacher makes changes gradually, students may take it better since learning is also gradual.

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