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ERIC Number: ED339155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Using the Computer with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
Fitzgerald, Gail
This guide examines the computer's role in the educational environment of students with emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD). The computer's power to reinforce students who are reluctant learners, in a personalized learning environment without the complications of adult interactions or behavioral control issues, is noted. Characteristics of EBD students are described. Software capabilities important for EBD students are outlined, such as providing step-by-step instruction; offering feedback, correction, and reteaching without emphasizing failure; and focusing attention through animation, color, graphics, sound, and interesting interactions. Applications for students with behavioral problems are discussed, including using the computer for contingency management, providing opportunities for cooperative learning, developing social/leisure-time skills, and using the computer to monitor behavior. Applications for students displaying emotional problems are then reviewed, including analyzing learning styles, facilitating personal expression, improving self-esteem, and training in stress reduction. Finally, applications for students with behavioral control problems are examined, including training in impulse control, providing practice in problem solving, and involving the student in simulations. A list of 18 references, 14 addresses for software products, and 6 curriculum references is included. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
Note: For related documents, see ED 324 842-850 and EC 300 758-769.