An assistive technology guide for autism

In recent years, educators and parents have touted iPads, tablets, and mobile apps as assistive technologies that can help children or students diagnosed with autism communicate and learn basic concepts. But just as there’s a spectrum of autism disorders, there are many assistive technologies—but which assistive technology is the best choice?

According to Marc Sirkin, chief digital marketing officer at Autism Speaks, new technologies can help improve both communication and developmental skills, which is why he helped create the Autism Speaks Technology Guide—the mobile apps listed can help develop communication, development and creativity skills, said Sirkin.

The front side of the PDF handout focuses on “therapeutic” technologies and points to communications, self-improvement, and education apps. It’s what Sirkin calls “finding a voice.”

(Next page: The guide)

Meris Stansbury

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