5 Ways to Use Apps for Autism: Moving from Low Tech Visual Tools to High Tech Supports for Lifelong Success


autism2All of a sudden. . .POOF. . .it seems like everyone has a tablet. Using iPads (smart phones and other devices) have become a “big deal” for individuals on the autism spectrum – but there must be more than Angry Birds or Candy Crush. The most common question is “What apps should I get?”

We know that visual strategies are very helpful for these students and apps are visual so it makes sense to explore the possibilities. The challenge is figuring out what you can do with the technology besides play games. What do you want to accomplish with the device? How do you sort through a million apps and what should you look for?

In this edWeb.net webinar for the Teaching Students with Autism community, Linda Hodgdon, CCC-SLP, Consultant – Autism Spectrum Disorders, focused on 5 key skill areas that apps can help preschoolers, school age and adults participate in life activities working toward achieving more independence.

View the webinar recording to learn to:

  • Recognize situations where communication breakdowns or learning needs can affect the student’s understanding, behavior and participation;
  • Identify key activities where apps can be useful options for students; and
  • Use specific apps as visual supports to improve participation and independence in school and life opportunities.

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Teaching Students with Autism is a professional learning community (PLC) that offers free webinars and online discussions to help educators learn strategies and discover new ideas and resources to support the needs of students with autism, particularly advances in technology that can lead to significant breakthroughs in communication and learning. This is a collaborative community where educators can share information to help support the needs of students with autism.  This program is sponsored by VizZle and STAR Autism Support.

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