Los Angeles, CA – TeachTown, Inc., (www.teachtown.com) an innovative developer of educational software and video modeling technology has launched a new, information-packed website in support of children with autism and special needs.
Educators and parents can find the latest research on autism, learn best practices of classroom technology, read educator and student stories, download fun activities and watch demos of two TeachTown curriculum-based instructional programs; TeachTown®: Basics, computer-aided instruction (CAI) and TeachTown®: Social Skills, animated video modeling.
TeachTown programs are set in a colorful and immersive community where animated characters take students on an educational journey complete with fun rewards and educational games. Students learn and practice fundamental skills in math, language, communication, behavior, social and emotional development. Assessments and student progress reports guide the development of IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and complement teachers’ instruction through consistent delivery of skills measured in standardized tests.
The new site features a video interview with Jennifer Maloni, a Maryland parent. Mrs. Maloni is a national advocate on autism-related issues and the co-author of The Friendship Puzzle, a children’s book on what it is like for school-age children to interact with a classmate who has autism. In the video, she describes her sons’ after-school learning routine using TeachTown®: Basics.
Last year, Maloni began to use the educational software at the recommendation of her sons’ teacher at William Winchester Elementary School in Carroll County. Both of her boys use the computer-aided instruction daily in class and at home, and are better able to socialize and generalize skills.
“Many parents want to participate in their child’s learning experience,” said Mrs. Maloni, “so we took full advantage of the software’s take-home privileges. Our boys get off the bus and want to turn on the computer. They practice the skills they learn in school and love the character, Pico, who motivates them to keep going. I like the organized way the computer teaches real life skills.”
The latest research in the Journal of Pediatrics shows a rise of 17 percent among American children with development disabilities, including autism. (May 23, 2011 – Washington Post/Bloomberg)
TeachTown CEO, Terry Thoren, said, “As the demand for specialized learning tools in schools grows, we will continue to develop innovative curriculum-based educational programs. We invite anyone interested in these relevant issues about autism to join our community. Together, we’ll tackle the challenges that educators and families face and work toward a better learning future, just as Mrs. Maloni has done on behalf of all children.”
Check out the new TeachTown website at www.teachtown.com and sign up for the enewsletter featuring more educator, parent and student videos, along with fun and free activities and resources. Parents and teachers can also download supplemental curriculum tools in the TeachTown Fun Stuff section; a portal that houses visual schedules, character puppets, flashcards, token boards and the much requested character expression pages.
Call 800-283-0165 to request a quote or talk with an education specialist.
About the Products:
TeachTown®: Basics is a research-based, computer aided instructional program that delivers highly engaging On Computer Lessons connected to motivational Off Computer Activities for students who are developmentally 2 to 7 years old.
TeachTown®: Social Skills is a video modeling-based curriculum for students with a language age of 4 to 8 years. Engaging animated characters teach socially valid skills in each episode and targeted skills are developed through lesson plans, classroom activities and homework assignments.
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About TeachTown, Inc.
TeachTown, Inc. is an innovative education company that produces learning products for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other special needs. Joining co-founder, Dr. Christina Whalen is a team of experts: Dr. Shannon Cernich, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Dr. Lauren Franke, PsyD, CCC/SLP, and Melinda Docter, Ed.D. Board Chairman, Dan Feshbach, has a son with autism, and CEO, Terry Thoren is a gifted animation storyteller who helped to bring the Rugrats to global blockbuster prominence.