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Current & Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism: Building Communication & Education Skills

Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Presented by Dr. Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School & Dir. of the Autism Language Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; and Christian Karter, M.A., Educational Technology Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism
Sponsored by Monarch Center for AutismSTAR Autism Support and VizZle


A growing body of research reveals that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a heightened interest in all forms of visual materials. This, coupled with strong visual processing skills, makes this group an excellent candidate to benefit from technology-based instruction. This webinar focused on current and emerging technologies that impact learning and communication and detailed the experience of implementing technology at Monarch Center for Autism. The discussion included case examples of applied technology used to enhance communication and education skills among individuals with mild, moderate, and severe autism.

  • Current technology including: Mobile devices and apps; Video Modeling; Visual Scene Displays; SmartBoard technology; Assistive Communication Technology
  • Emerging technology including: Apple Watch & other wearables with biometrics; Oculus Rift; Google Glass; Amazon Echo; Robotics, online instructional content

Viewers will be able to:

  • Identify current technology used with individuals with ASD
  • Identify emerging technology that show promise for individuals with ASD
  • Identify how technology can help build communication and education skills
  • Gain awareness of the future potential for student growth thanks to new technology

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howard shaneDr. Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for more than three decades. He has been associated with Monarch Center for Autism for more than a decade, assisting Monarch School with integrating technology and visual supports into the overall curriculum. He has designed more than a dozen computer applications used widely by persons with disabilities and holds two U.S. Patents. His technologies have led to the creation of three technology companies that create products for people with disabilities. Dr. Shane has received Honors of the Association Distinction and is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He is the recipient of the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from United Cerebral Palsy Association. Dr. Shane is the author of 5 books and has written numerous papers and chapters on severe speech impairment, lectured throughout the world on the topic, and produced numerous computer innovations enjoyed by persons with complex communication disorders. He’s been featured on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, Dateline, 20/20, and Frontline.

chris karterChristian Karter, M.A. is the Educational Technology Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He holds a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from John Carroll University. He has worked at Monarch Center for Autism for nine years, as an Associate Teacher in the classroom and in his present role. His chief responsibilities include iPad deployment, Monarch’s PAIRS Data System management, and introduction of new technologies into the classrooms.




monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.

star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.



Monday, December 14, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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