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iPads – A Tool for Autistic Kids?

Monday, November 21, 2011


Have your kids been clamoring for an iPad? If your children have some form of ASD (autism spectrum disorder), then you may want to grant their request. 60 Minutes recently aired a special on how iPad apps are being used to help children with autism to communicate.

It has long been known that communication for an autistic individual is extremely difficult. Many have been exploring new methods to help improve their communication skills and iPad apps are doing the trick. Through the iPad someone with ASD can now have a voice. They can express how they feel with the assistance of the computer. Without a method of communication, it can be incredibly frustrating for both the autistic individual and those they are interacting with to understand each other. Both teachers and parents are raving about this new technology.

I recommend viewing the 60 Minutes segment – click here to view it. The Autism Center at OCALI provides a free list of available autism applications – click here to view the list. I am excited about this new development and look forward to see what other advancements are to come!



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