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Apps for Autism

Apps That Can Make a Difference, and Why

Corina Becker | Autistic Self-Advocate autisticapp.blogspot.com | nostereotypeshere.blogspot.com

www.AutismWomensNetwork.com

Shannon Des Roches Rosa | Autism Parenting Advocate

shannonrosa@yahoo.com | www.squidalicious.com www.ThinkingAutismGuide.com

Autism/iPad Synergy

Autism/iPad Synergy  Dynamic graphics motivate & engage visual learners  Voiceover lets pre-readers

Dynamic graphics motivate & engage visual learners

Voiceover lets pre-readers participate

No cursor analogy:

direct touch screen

Fine motor ease stylus:

mouse not required

Portable, can learn & play anywhere, any time

Learning: Structured Setting

Learning: Structured Setting • iPad: not just AAC Device (Note: iOS 6 has Guided Access for

iPad: not just AAC Device (Note: iOS 6 has Guided Access for “locking” apps)

Apps are organized and accessible, break learning into discrete chunks

Apps spreadsheet:

www.squidalicious.co

m/p/on-ipads.html

Social and Play Opportunities

Social and Play Opportunities  Attracts siblings and peers: social capital  Can support social skills,

Attracts siblings and peers: social capital

Can support social skills, formally and informally

Independent leisure time

Learning activities Games

Videos

Overuse & Abuse?

Do autistic kids obsess over screen technology?

For kids like my son Leo, independent is good!

All kids need supervision, some need support to maximize iPad benefits

Valid concern for kids who crave screen time can manage with timer apps, Guided Access (iOS 6)

Autistic adults say Yes, were visual and very

focused, why not explore how to harness these traits

productively?

iDevice & App Benefits

Life-long learning

Developing and Maintaining

Independence

Communication

Sensory Input Management

Apps & Autistic Adults

Lack of Apps Designed for Autistic Adults

Mostly adapted from children’s apps

Apps for Non-Autistic Purposes EpicWin

Grocery List

iPrompts

Now tests out apps

Corina: Personal Experience

At first used iPods for sensory management

/ filtering Walkman, then Discman

Apps for Assistive Communication Affordable

Easy-to-Use

Portable Do not stand out

Cool

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