Tablets are fast becoming a viable supplement to specialized therapy for autism. Here’s why.
Any parent will tell you that it takes an out-of-the-box approach when encouraging mental and cognitive development in a child with autism. Keeping in mind that there are a variety of ways in which children with autism can be aided in their learning, there have been a flood of mobile apps specifically geared towards acting as supplements to specialized autism therapy.
Unfortunately, there is no one app that acts like a complete solution, mainly due to the complexity of autism as a condition. Some apps will work for certain reasons and others might not be as effective. Go through our list to figure out what works best for your child. Note that not all of these apps were designed specifically for autistic children but still have been seen to effectively promote learning due to the way they are designed.
Book Creator is an app that allows kids of all developmental stages to design their own book. Kids can write their story, include pictures, voice recordings, music and videos and export the lot directly on to iBooks. Book Creator allows children to work with autonomy on their masterpieces with an extremely intuitive and simple interface.
Mathboard is unlike other similar math apps due to its unique ‘scratchboard’ feature. It allows the child to figure out the math problem by hand. The app allows kids to take their time in working out the equations, from simple arithmetic to advanced multiplication and division. The answers are in multiple choice and the difficulty level can be set to meet the child’s educational level.
This app is used mainly to gather data on an autistic child’s preference for certain items and scenarios. It can greatly help professionals and parents understand their child or clients’ needs to determine the best course of action – specifically with children that have substantial difficulty communicating. The app has a variety of different assessments, assessment tools and can also automatically compile and convey data from the information it has received.
A problem facing children with autism is that they usually require a set schedule for their entire day. If a situation or environment appears removed from what they are accustomed to the child can act out. First Then Visual Schedule HD lets parents create a schedule with pictograms that the child can check off as each task is completed. This can allow parents to have a discussion with their child beforehand to ensure that the child is prepared and comfortable for any situation during the day.
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