Autism App: Taking Help of Technology


There are several ways by which a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can be helped to learn. Using technology, especially apps like “Make Sentences” and “Just Match”, is one of them.

It’s a fact that teaching an autistic child is a big challenge. However, the advent of autism apps and other technologies have made teaching more meaningful to such children. Many parents have reported that the “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” apps have emerged as a good source of both engagement and learning for their autistic kids.

Presently, many new games, apps, and technologies are being developed for children with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. Schools are using autism apps for children in their classrooms with instructors specially trained to operate them. The implication, as reported by these instructors, is helping autistic kids to learn and play simultaneously.

Besides autism apps, computers too are important partners of the instructor to facilitate learning among special needs children. It’s widely believed that children with autism, in most cases, perform better in an app-based or computerized version of class tests, compared to the traditional paper-and-pencil system.

Scientists and researchers have found out that visual tools like charts, grids, and colorful representation of points earned in the “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” apps can improve engagement of autistic kids. These apps also help in increasing their motivation and generalization skill. Technology companies and software development firms seem to have understood the effectiveness of these educational apps and have begun developing apps of their own.

For most special needs children, learning is not at all easy. These children grow up to become adults and may still require the support of others for sustenance. The national average unemployment average rate for autistic adults is around 9%.

Autistic kids, in majority of the cases, suffer from late diagnosis. While many persons find it hard to believe that their children may have autism, others go into a complete state of denial. Whatever diagnosis is required, must happen by the age of two. The later the diagnosis, the lesser would be the chances of a positive therapy. Since diagnosis of autism is completely symptom-based, early detection is more important.

While apps have been found to have a positive impact, they shouldn’t be administered without the guidance of the counselor or therapist. The “Make Sentences” app has been upgraded recently and that has become more acceptable to autistic children.

Source by Kevin Carter

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