What’s App-ening? Using Technology and Apps for Autistic People
He does talk about the use of iPads as being a stim for some autistic people and not a learning tool if used excessively or without supervision. Mr. Donahoo also states not all families can afford an iPad and therefore feel they are missing out. Over time, more support programs will likely become available the price of these devices is decreasing each year. (Remember how expensive VCR’s were when they first came out or digital cameras?)
I also came across this interesting blog post, written by a dad of five children, debating the points that Mr. Donahoo brought up in his blog. I liked his response to Donahoo’s statement that while no two children with autism are alike and can use the iPad in the same way, this dad feels that schools can take this single platform and use it in a variety of ways and settings (i.e. social skills, scheduling, time management). Like any intervention though, there has to be some education and purpose behind what is being used with the person with autism.
We’ve added a Technology section to our links that lists websites, software, technology publications and apps. While the use of technology should not be a substitute for human interaction, it can provide another learning platform. There are many tech choices, affordable or free apps, and excellent websites which can provide individuals with a chance to work at their own pace, reinforce, and allow for repetition which is key in acquiring new knowledge and skills. We live in a high-tech world and it’s important that people on the autism spectrum can feel comfortable, familiar, manage and function in this world.
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