SketchUp provides a great solution to the parents and guardians of the people suffering with autism spectrum disorders
By Global Assocaites SketchUp Team
SketchUp is a user-friendly 3D design software and great application for people suffering with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They may consider sketchup as an innovative outlet and opportunity to communicate their ideas visually and spatially. The people with autism can imagine in pictures and visualize a design in her head and transform the image efficiently into the paper with SketchUp.
ASD community can find models that already exist-furniture, playgrounds, amusement parks-in the program's 3-D warehouse to incorporate into their own designs easily and smoothly.
With the application of SketchUp they get the expertise in Block Design and mentally segment the design into its component parts in order to find the destination of each block.
Google launched Project Spectrum, a partnership between SketchUp and educational outlets, including the Boulder Valley School District and the Boulder chapter of the Autism Society of America, to bring the software into the hands of people on the autism spectrum free with guidance that provides assistance to convey an idea or even develop a life skill.
Project Spectrum is exclusively a charitable effort for the benefits of ASD community worldwide to connect with free software and learning materials, provide some information about the SketchUp-autism link and to communicate their creativity using Google SketchUp 3D modeling software.
Additionally the software, the program contains six learning modules on how to make use of SketchUp, a instruction manual of lesson plans and a video on how students with ASD have found it useful. To download the package, visit www.google.com/educators/spectrum.html.
The Project Spectrum will include the following:-
- ♦ Watch a video on how to get started.
- ♦ Download Google SketchUp for free.
- ♦ Create 3D models of anything you can imagine.
- ♦ Share your models with friends.
This publication shows how SketchUp 3D modeling software can provide a great assistance and resource for the welfare of people suffering with autism spectrum disorders.