Posts Tagged ‘Testing’

A Special Kind of Intelligence

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

This is a fascinating article on how autistic people problem solve.  It has wide ranging implications for testing and instruction:

Dr. Soulières said people with autism relied on visual processing, and found the right answers more quickly than members of the control group, who were more likely to explicitly test potential solutions until they found the right one.

The work is still in the early stages, and a new teaching method would have be developed and tested, Dr. Soulières said. The current practice involves breaking tasks down into small components, she said.

But when teaching someone with autism to read the sound “ea,” for example, it might be better to present a page with 100 words like peach, teach and reach to show the visual pattern.