Tablets, smartphones, and their accompanying apps are part of mainstream society. Their accessibility has not only revolutionized how people learn and function every day—parents and caretakers of individuals with special needs have gained a deeper interest in using these tools to build skills with children. While these high-tech solutions may be relatively affordable and less

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in Autism Technology by Elisa Cruz-Torres, EdD, BCBA-D

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often use physical devices like helmets, gates, and locks as ways to keep their kids protected. But an increasing number of parents are also turning to smart tech to help. In fact, today’s ASD parents have plenty of options for keeping their children safe. Here are five

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in Autism Technology by Hilary Thompson

Augmentative-alternative communication has become more available to families as both they and schools access iOS technology and apps. But, sadly, what is not readily available is the knowledge of how best to teach their children how to use these systems to communicate. It’s a myth that you can give a child an AAC system, whether

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in Autism Technology by Susan Berkowitz, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP

Does your child have a difficult time handling disappointment? Do seemingly simple requests turn into tantrums? Sometimes children learn one way to handle situations like this (i.e., meltdown) and have a very difficult time learning a new and better way to respond. It’s likely not enjoyable for you or your child when these situations arise,

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in Autism Technology by Melissa M. Root, PhD

What is Assistive Technology? Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any product, equipment, software program and/or system that enhances learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities.The goal of assistive technology is to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities (ATIA). Think about all of the skills that your child,

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in Autism Technology by Alescia Ford-Lanza, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Does your child need help brushing his/her teeth? Can your child wash his/her hands without help? Will your child do simple chores around the home, like making his/her bed, without your help? Assisting your child with these and other self-help tasks daily can often bring stress to your life. If you can teach your child

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in Autism Technology by Melissa M. Root, PhD

Social skills can be broadly defined as the ability to develop and maintain relationships. Deficits in social skills are a core feature for children, as well as adults with autism. For school-age children with high-functioning autism, limitations in social skills adversely impact conversation skills, peer acceptance, and self-perception. Quick Navigation Comic Strip Conversations Social Narratives

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in Autism Technology by Monica Hudnall, MA, CCC-SLP

In my recent article published in Autism Parenting Magazine, Issue 67, I focused on the augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication evaluation process and on answering commonly asked questions. Many people have a misconception that once you receive an AAC communication device, this is the end of your journey. This is just the beginning! Receiving an

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in Autism Technology by Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC-SLP

Is saying hello or waving “hi” hard for your child to do? Does your child ask you questions about something you shared with him/her? Will your child ask another child to play? These may be some of the challenges your child with autism faces every day, and they impact the ability to make friends. Thankfully,

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in Autism Technology by Melissa M. Root, PhD

There’s a lot of talk about why teaching kids technology, programming in particular, is good for students in today’s educational landscape.  Nearly every other week there seems to be some major news announcement around STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and CS (computer science) and even, IT (information

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in Autism Technology by Beth Rosenberg

One of the most difficult things to cope with as an autism mom was my son’s inability to speak. I remember hoping and praying that speech was going to develop and reassuring myself that it was a matter of time and the words would emerge by perhaps the next holiday or birthday. I recall having

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in Autism Technology by Ewa Omahen, PhD

Do you know how much time your child spends on the screen playing video games? Do you know which kinds of games are detrimental or valuable to young minds? These are very challenging questions for parents, especially for parents of children with autism. There is no question that videogames, some apps and online activities can

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in Autism Technology by Randi Rentz

If you are wondering, “How can assistive technology help a child with autism?” you are not alone. Using different types of alternative forms of communication for autism has been proven to improve communication outcomes in children with language delays. The benefits of assistive technology for autism are widely recognized by speech-language pathologists. This article will

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in Autism Technology by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

As a speech-language pathologist for more than 18 years, I have spent most of my career in the field of augmentative and alternative communication. My key interests have always been children and adults who have complex communication needs. This population displays a variety of disabilities, but my past and current caseloads include mostly children with

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in Autism Technology by Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC-SLP

Great strides have been made in the past few years towards embracing the inherent challenges and discoveries made about the different degrees of autism. Targeted diets, advanced educator training, multitudes of periodical resources and specialized mainstream community mentor programs are all available to lend support. However, it is technology in the classroom that has propelled

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in Autism Technology by Felicity Dryer

If you have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you already know there is a high risk that he/she might try to elope, or wander off without permission.  For such parents, a GPS tracker is not a luxury—it’s a necessity. There are a large number of products on the market to help protect children

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in Autism Technology by Tulika Prasad

Are you concerned that your child’s challenging behaviors are unchangeable? Are you worried there’s no way to teach your pre-verbal child? Do you have sleepless nights wondering if your child will ever socialize with peers? This may surprise you, but there’s a technique called video self-modeling that works through all of the challenges listed above

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in Autism Technology by Melissa M. Root, PhD

They don’t make toys like they used to. It’s not uncommon to still see the dolls and action figures of yesteryear, but as we have progressed scientifically and experienced innovative breakthroughs across technologies, toys today are more than that. They’re interactive companions, sometimes designed from a pure entertainment perspective. And, more often than not, they

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in Autism Technology by Ladislas de Toldi

In my practice as an educator, I worked with children who had different needs, as well as different strengths, that balanced their shortcomings.  No child is the same as the other, autistic or neurotypical, so it’s very difficult to generalize.  I should mention, however, that my experience is mostly with children of preschool and elementary

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in Autism Technology by Jana Rooheart

Much has been said over the years concerning technology and education — there has been and still is an ongoing debate about how we can best implement technology into schools to the benefit of children. Our adult life on a day-to-day basis is filled with technology, from touch screens to order plane tickets to self-checkout

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in Autism Technology by Andre Spivey, BAOM

GPS Tracking Devices for Children with Autism By Megan Kelly On October 4th, 2013, a fourteen year old boy named Avonte Oquendo went missing from the school he attended in Queens, New York. The footage from the schools security cameras showed Avonte running down a hallway, and then out a door that had been left open, and unlocked.

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in Autism Technology by Megan Kelly