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3D technology helps autistic kids learn to read

Florida school testing new educational software called ‘Letters alive’

But the “Letters alive” 3D software is among the first to develop an autistic child’s reading skills.

Autism experts say there is ongoing research to measure how autistic children conceptualize their surroundings. Technology can benefit these children if it fills the gaps in perception and learning that lead to their difficulty in processing language.

“The technology needs to operate on an abstract, multi-sensory level,” said Helen Leonard, director of The Paragon School, an Orlando private school for autistic children. “It must engage them with visuals, realistic movements, and sounds to build a foundation for reading.”

Copyright (c) 2012, The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Visit The Orlando Sentinel online at www.OrlandoSentinel.com. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

For more news about 3D learning in schools, see:

Research: 3D content can help improve learning

How to use 3D in the classroom effectively

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