There have been great developments in technology for those with autism that have allowed for more personal gains and integration into society. Technology available for those includes applications such as teaching academics, improving fine motor skills, memory, social and self-help skills to help foster development and support independence. With the development of applications and ease of access to these tools, technology is helping those with autism connect with the world around them. Technology can provide individuals on the spectrum with additional means to communicate and can even allow them to obtain therapy (such as ABA).
The affordability and portability of mobile technology has changed the way individuals on the spectrum interact and communicate with society. In previous years, caregivers would often have to spend thousands of dollars on communication devices that were often times limited in what could be communicated and were bulky to transport around. Now, caregivers can simply use tablets they currently have in their homes (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.) to download applications directly onto their tablets to assist their loved ones with communication. They are portable, offer a variety of different topics to communicate on and are not socially stigmatizing. There are many applications on the market that can provide the solutions for your loved one and some are free while others can be hundreds of dollars. When choosing the right application it is important to understand what your loved one’s needs are and how this communicative technology can help fill those needs.
Connecting To Care Through Technology
With increased access to internet services and mobile technology, connecting with your child’s care team is easier than ever before. CSERV is pioneering the way families receive ABA therapy by providing services via telehelath, also known as secure videoconferencing. With this delivery model, access to care is increased and the flexibility of the platform allows caregivers to be involved in their child’s therapy despite hectic work and family schedules. The end result is more connected care and increased skill set for both the child and all involved in their care.
Technology is helping to increase the independence of those with autism and allows them to function in ways never possible before. Options range from high tech to low tech. As more and more technology becomes available, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Ask your child’s care professionals what they would recommend and see if it is a good fit for your child. Technology can serve as both a reward and an engaging tool for improving your child’s social and communication skills.