Students with Asperger’s Syndrome Improve Social Skills Through Broadcast Program
Betty Ann Bowser Reports on PBS NewsHour’s Website
News has an agenda in Broomall, Pa., where students with Asperger’s syndrome ‘go live’ in their own broadcast each year. Their teachers say it’s one of the best ways for students to learn to speak clearly, work together, build confidence … and become celebrities all at once. Check out NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser’s report here: http://to.pbs.org/OecvU7.
Because students with this form of autism often have trouble with speaking clearly and working well with others, Asperger’s specialist Randi Rentz and Speech pathologist Kristen Dercole created the Action News 7 broadcast to teach their reporters to see the world from another angle.
“I think that reporters in general are really good role models for students as far as good speaking skills. We always talk about how to be on a newscast, you have to over-annunciate,” said Dercole.
At the moment, Action 7 is the only program of its kind in the nation, though Rentz believes it could work in any school.
PBS NewsHour previously covered autism-spectrum disorders and their increasing prevalence in an in-depth series, Autism Now, available on the PBS NewsHour website.
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