Photovoice: Engaging Children With Autism and Their Teachers

Carnahan, Christi R.
November 2006
Teaching Exceptional Children;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p44
Academic Journal
This article describes how special education teachers can use a visual teaching method called photovoice can be used to teach autistic children and children with other learning disabilities to interact with peers and learning materials. Photovoice uses visual communication through photography and allows for individualization. Students are allowed to photograph personally relevant objects or activities around a specific topic or issue. The students select a specific subset of the photographs and meet with other students to discuss their pictures. The students discuss how their pictures are related to the theme. Students involved in structured photovoice sessions showed improvement in peer engagement and attention to tasks and adults in the environment. INSET: Why Visual Teaching Strategies? Reframing the Problem Context.


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