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Copy of Integrating Technology for Children with Autism
Transcript of Copy of Integrating Technology for Children with Autism
for Children with Autism Low Functioning
Why technology and autism
are a good match: In Canada, That's roughly 190,000 children with autism in Canada today
Autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children (www.cbc.ca) Classroom today:
Basic word processors
The Internet © All rights reserved by Jason @ We Do Photography & Design one in 165 children curently have an ASD Language/
Skills Fine Motor Social Sensory Stress Skills Skills Skills Reduction 'I wonder what's available in
the technology world?' The average classroom consists of: Laptops/desktops (basic word processors)
The Internet Free Online Tools Sclera NPO: A free website that offers free pictograms. Whizkidgames.com Designed by 80 students, 8 lecturers, and 10 autism specialists with the goal of life skills development Apple applications ranging from: free-$200 Proloquo2Go: A powerful communication device that allows children to communicate through the use of images (pictograms). ICommunicate: communication device that allows the creation of personalized schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards. Pictello: An application that allows children to create books and photo albums that talk. PBS Kids Mister Rodgers Makes a Journal:
Created to help children express their
feelings and emotions. TapToTalk: Communication application where the child can tap an image and it is read aloud Talking Tom: An electronic pet cat
that responds to touch and
repeats what user says. Alternative Programs:
Boardmaker: Pictogram software for parents and teachers
Lightwriter SL35/ChatPC/Dynavox3100: All similar communication devices "How can we, as teachers, implement the use of technology in our inclusive classroom?"
Second Life: An online virtual world The iPad: Interactive touch screen tablet computer http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2012/01/full-interview-rhonda-mcewen-on-tablets-and-students-with-autism-3/ Click here for the interview: Rhonda McEwan: Click here for her website: Currently researching mobile technology for social and communication support among students identified on the autism spectrum http://individual.utoronto.ca/rmcewen/index.html Click here for her "60 Minutes" interview: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7385702n&tag=mncol;lst;1 What if we don’t have the funding? •Computers
•Sclera pictograms/using online images
•Using a camera to make personalized pictograms
•Making adaptations to curriculum to include children with autism (allowing use of technology in group work)
In conclusion, we have found through our research that technology is invaluable for the development of children with autism. Currently, touch technology is the most innovative and has shown very positive results among those with ASD. Furthermore, touch technologies has been succesfully utilized into the inclusive classroom by providing benefits to neurotypical children as well. Resources:
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