Teach Town BasicsDOE Research
Recently-completed Department of Education-funded research study
Dr. Chris Whalen's initial DOE-funded research shows that computer-based learning which utilizes TeachTown's intelligent software may actually increase socialization. These research findings are being submitted to the Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Among the findings:
1. 8 children in study (4 with autism and 4 with other developmental delays) were able to learn new skills using the TeachTown software
2. Inappropriate behaviors decreased with computer and off-computer generalization activities for all children.
3. Children with autism looked at the adult more often on the computer than in play situations
4. Children with autism had more positive affect on the computer than in play situations.
5. Inappropriate language decreased on computer and off-computer generalization activities for children with autism.
6. Spontaneous commenting was much higher on computer than in play interactions for children with autism.
7. Average length of sentences was longer for all children while on the computer.
Christina Whalen, Lars Liden, Eric Dallaire, and Sven Liden from TeachTown and Brooke Ingersoll from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
Other TeachTown Research Projects in Progress:
TeachTown is continuing to perform research in conjunction with researchers in Universities and other treatment centers. Among these studies in progress: Nancy Rosenberg, Bonnie McBride, and Ilene Schwartz at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Susan Malmquist at the Autism Spectrum Treatment And Research (ASTAR) Center in Seattle, Washington.