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ERIC Number: EJ1161223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Accessing Quality Apps to Promote Basic Relational Concepts Acquisition among Young Children with Autism
Mykyta, Anne D.; Zhou, Zheng
Psychology in the Schools, v54 n10 p1302-1311 Dec 2017
Mobile applications (apps) are increasingly being used with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to supplement their intervention packages; however, the Apps' educational utility is not yet understood. The lack of such knowledge results in young children's inequity of accessing quality intervention. The present qualitative study addressed this gap by analyzing the content of popular apps being used with young children (ages 3-7) with ASD for the presence of basic relational concepts. After first identifying 15 target apps via surveys, the researchers analyzed the apps for the presence of the 50 basic relational concepts, according to the Boehm Test of Basic Relational Concepts-Third Edition). Results indicated that the prevalence of basic relational concepts in the analyzed apps ranged from 0 to 39 concepts. Apps that relied on community-generated material tended to incorporate more basic relational concepts, but use methods that could be confusing or invalid. Commercially developed apps incorporated fewer basic relational concepts, but employed teaching and testing methods that have better educational utility. These findings have implications to help closing the gaps in informing parents, professionals, and app developers on the use of apps with children with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Boehm Test of Basic Concepts
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