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ICT for pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

 

Pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties are likely to have the same range of learning needs as their peers and will need to use a similar range of ICT software. Few ICT resources have been designed specifically for this group of learners. However, many in this group are likely to have problems which may have arisen from or been made worse as a result of learning difficulties. For them ICT can bring benefits by helping them to achieve better results.

Some pupils may find it easier to work with a computer than with another person: although this may not be beneficial in the long term, it can help them to make progress. Many pupils will accept and understand that a computer is non-judgmental and treats everyone in the same way.

The computer is also used as a reward for good behaviour: this again may not be an ideal situation, but is of practical use.

Smart AlexComputer management
If not well managed the computer can become a further source of classroom tension - more so if in short supply. If the use of the computer is fully integrated into the work of the classroom it is less likely that it can cause tension. The software available should be appropriate to the age and needs of the pupils. A protected system, such as RM Window Box, which can control pupil access can prevent pupils from removing or damaging software on the hard disk.

Special software
Some programs can provide specific opportunities to work with children with behaviour difficulties. Software designed to give practice in skills such as spelling or material used in Integrated Learning Systems may prove less challenging for some pupils than having the teacher point out mistakes. The program Smart Alex can provide a neutral vehicle for the discussion of feelings and emotions.

 

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