Ambitious about Autism

Inclusive Education: The SMARTboard Project

The purpose of this project is to empower the young people with autism that attend our school, by providing interactive SMARTboards. This technology helps our students, 80% of whom are non-verbal, to communicate, learn and interact in a group setting in a way that lowers their distress and anxiety.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1063184)

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Situation

Currently at TreeHouse School only six of our classrooms have SMARTboards, meaning that some young people in our school are not able to access the most suitable learning tools for them. What SMARTboards offer over traditional learning methods, is that they are more stimulating and adaptable, resulting in a higher level of participation and educational growth. We passionately believe in providing the best education for our young people, which is why it is vital for us to succeed in this project.

Solution

Our learners, aged between 4 and 19, benefit hugely from the tactile nature of a SMARTboard. The technology, which is immediate, is far more suited to our pupils, especially those with limited motor skills. SMARTboards effectively bypass the confusion caused by a computer mouse, and enable learners to look up and participate in learning together, rather than focusing solely on a piece of paper. Students that are less engaged in class, achieve more both in terms of learning and in socialising.