Mobile Technology for Students & Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Jenny Vlachou, Athanasios Drigas

Abstract


This study evaluates the use and efficacy of mobile technology in assessment and intervention of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Learning and behavioral data for assessment can be captured and interpreted through mobile technology, but the complexity of irrespective data in special education can sometimes discourage stuff from using it. In the field of intervention, mobile technology in conjunction to ad hoc applications for ASD individuals can provide major contribution. Needless to say that speech generating devices (SGDs), especially if they are portable, are very supportive tools for autistic persons, who mostly suffer from limited speech. The use of mobile technology to enhance academic skills among others is being investigated. Although this technology is new, the autistic community expressed their enthusiasm in it. If all the parties involved, such as educators, caregivers, sufferers and families could participate in the design and implementation of the appropriate apps, they would suit best ASD individuals’ needs and would provide them a better life quality.

Keywords


ICT; intervention; ASD; developmental disabilities; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC); Computer Assisted Learning (CAL); Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI); mobile technology; iPad; iPod; iPhone; tablet; smartphone; children with autism;

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) – eISSN: 1865-7923
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