Children with an autism-range disorder can have a range of special needs, such as interpersonal or communication issues and restrictive or repeated manners. While technology has held promise as a therapeutic tool always, the customization and personalization of the latest apps are helping children with autism learn to communicate, grasp, and socialize routines in new ways.
Dan Smith, Ph.D., vice president of innovative technologies for Autism Speaks, a leading autism research and advocacy organization. Smith. He said that applications can present visual and auditory material consistently and can be personalized to fit a person’s needs. Of course, that’s not to state all apps are advantageous and many don’t possess sufficient evidence supports their effectiveness.
The Autism Speaks site consists of a data source of hundreds of applications so users can see what research, if any, is behind each app. Experts also explain that it is important to monitor a child’s use of an app. Mark Mautone, a special education teacher, the 2015 New Jersey State “Teacher of the Year,” and chief executive of Integrated Technology for People with Developmental and Autism Disabilities.
Here are a few of the top autism applications that are helping kids on the spectrum today. When it comes to teaching children with autism public skills, a report in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that digital conditions can help. The application Social Skill Builder uses real-life scenarios and interactive videos to help kids learn how to judge a social situation and determine what they … Read more