Objectives: Conduct an in depth qualitative research concerning the use by children with severe autism of computer technology.
Methods: A longitudinal study over some 14 months was carried out with 8 children in a specialist unit for children with severe autism and learning difficulties, set within a mainstream
Results: Results from the baseline study showed a range of ability to recognise the emotions e.g. one child recognised all expressions while several did not co-operate at all. Results from the action research cycles are interesting but they are too complex to outline here; rather, they will be presented at the conference.
Conclusions: The high number of instances of non-cooperation in the first study indicates the difficulties that working with such children can involve. However, by using systems centred on their individual interests each child in the study was able to enjoy the computer technology and learn from it. Thus our research gives grounds for optimism for the use of computer technology for people with severe autism.