Alternative Communication via the iPad

A recent study conducted by Auburn University and PUSH Product Design suggests that alternative forms of communication utilizing a visual interface can increase the communication rates for children with autism.  This project was undertaken to capture the impact that various targeted iPad applications could have on children with autism and how they communicate.  The study utilized two different apps on the iPad, one for making choices about their schedule (i.e. snack time) and the other to enhance social interactions.  In their report, the research concluded that social stories could increase motivation, positive play, engagement and attention while decreasing inappropriate behavior.    

[Source:  National Center for Technology Innovation]

 

Additional Information

Touching Lives and Creating Abilities:  Social and Communication Skills with the iPad

[http://www.nationaltechcenter.org/Uploads/2011/04/Report.pdf]

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