Utilization of Learning Media in Developing Social Interaction Skills for Early Childhood Children with AutismAuthor(s): Saleh Safeer Alkhathami*
This study is being conducted with the intention of determining the part that educational media plays in the process of promoting early childhood socializing skills. In this study, a qualitative research approach that was based on a case study design was applied. An interview with a school administration, observations of four toddlers diagnosed with autism, and data from an observation sheet filled out by a class teacher on the children's social development are some of the sources of information. Based on these data, it seems that visual and audio-visual media are two of the most efficient types of educational delivery. In the field of education, examples of visual media include picture cards and posters; examples of audio-visual media include movies, videos, and sound slides. Because of their exposure to educational media, children's willingness to make eye contact, respond appropriately when they are called, and engage in cooperative play with their peers are all indications that their social skills are improving. It is recommended that a lesson plan be utilized at Kindergarten for Special Needs to assist with the planning and execution of the learning process. Additionally, it is proposed that instructors be encouraged to be more creative in their use of media when instructing students.