This study investigated the potential of using weStories, a type of digital storytelling, and the use of iPads with second and third grade students who have autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, comprehend language, and their ability to socially interact with peers. Digital storytelling combines the art of telling stories with photos, videos, audio, and other digital media. This study employed the use of weStories, a collaborative storytelling process that requires students to work in a team while using an iPad. weStories were created by Dr. Glenda Gunter specifically for individuals to learn the fundamental of narrative and story skills to increase their literacy and communication skills. This study was conducted over a series of teachings and observations at the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida (UCP). The UCP is a school that serves children with a variety of learning disabilities, including autism. The purpose of this ethnographic thesis was to explore the impact of teaching the story invention process and weStories through iPads with students who have autism. Ethnographic research design was utilized to observe and assess individual changes in student behaviors and investigate the phenomena of story. This study utilized qualitative research methods. The potential of the intervention was measured through interviews and observations. This research on using technologies with students who have autism, such as iPads and weStories, has shown potential in terms of working collaboratively; enhancing problem solving in social situations, and providing exposure to iPads as a learning tool.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Mariotti, Michelle, "An exploration of using ipads and digital storytelling through westorieswith students who have autism" (2012). HIM 1990-2015. 1278.