Drs. Pam Mims and Diane Browder discuss research-based app desgned to help students with significant cognitive disabilities read and comprehend literature.
Access Language Arts Software
Highly effective in teaching language arts skills
Access Language Arts Software was created by Attainment and East Tennessee State University and is based on the curriculum Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts. Research has shown both the software and curriculum to be highly effective in teaching language arts skills, that are directly aligned to the Common Core Standards, to students with an intellectual disability or autism.
The eight literature pieces chosen for read-alouds in Access Language Arts Software are among those typically used in the middle school curriculum. The adapted stories in the app are Holes, We Beat the Street, The Outsiders, Neighbors, Number the Stars, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dragonwings, Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes.
Lessons follow a five-step sequence: Vocabulary instruction, preview and prediction, read the adapted book, quiz on vocabulary, followed by comprehension questions including a sequencing activity. Software features unlimited student logins, professionally narrated text, and student reports.
Components of systematic instruction embedded in the app's script include: constant time-delay procedure, system of least intrusive prompts, and feedback.
Support for research and development of this app was provided in part by Contract ED-IES-13-C-0031 and ED-IES-14-C-0018 of the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, awarded to Attainment Company, Inc.
Software is compatible with Windows XP (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Macs with Intel processor OS 10.6 and higher. Performance is maximized on all Whiteboards, touch screens, and widescreen monitors. Scanning is automatic (one switch) and step (two switches).
Also available as Access Language Arts iPad App and is available in the Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts Complete Package.