Thursday, May 14, 2009

Battling Autism Final Part 2

Did you know that Autism affects one in every 165 children? Better yet do you know what Autism is? Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Although there is no cure to be found, science and technologies have configured various strategies to treat specific effects of Autism through therapy and behavioral interventions. Autism results from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, resulting in impaired social interaction and communication skills. There are interactive games devloped that aid children and adults in helping them slowly fine tune their abilities to communicate. Face Say is an pc game that allows Autistic individuals with their recognition of various facial expressions. I have made a short youtube video that may give you a visual on how the games look like. Often at times they have an inability to distinguish certain facial expressions, this software has numerous of activities that give a sufficient amount of practice in depicting such. There are other methods that are more physically hands on in helping autistic children with their associations, like the "dream gym". Keeping autistic children physically active enables them to burn off excess energy, thus in return allowing them to concentrate on particular tasks. Like our common theme of being physically active and combining technology to promote being physically educated; it arises here in the case of many children and adults living with autism. We as future Physical Educators, are responsible for shaping programs that try to meet every students need and abilities.

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