Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Recieving Help from Assistive Technology or Communication Technology

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Assistive technology is technology, which is used by an individual that has a disability to allow the individual to perform roles that may otherwise be difficult or impossible to complete. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn differently than other children, often have struggle with spoken and written language expression. Assistive technologies are devices which help children with autism completes everyday tasks they struggle with. Many devices, any touch screens, like an IPad or IPhone in the use of certain applications can be used. Applications such as a touch to speak or feelings applications to help express what they have trouble communicating. The practice of combining new technology and devices will support, improve, and help…show more content…
(Mozes, 2013) Technologies such as an IPad and other touch screen devices allow the student encouragement for a successful day-to-day interaction and communication with others. Alternative and Augmentative Communication approaches can be used and should be used to enhance, expand and develop communication skills of an individual with autism. Alternative and augmentative communication includes forms of communication, in a way that is used to express thoughts, needs, and ideas, all types of communication other than oral communication. Some examples of alternative augmentative communications are used with individual with autism include low-tech pictures, communication boards and speech generating devices. Augmentative aids show picture and symbol used so individuals can communicate. These pictures and symbols are shown often on a communication board and electronic devices such as IPads, are available to help people express ones’ self. “Augmentative and alternative communication interventions have been shown to improve both communication and social skills in children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities” (Flores et al., 2012). Individuals who have severe speech or language struggles and delays depend on alternative and augmentative communication to help existing speech. Providing individuals a way for him or her to fully understand and communicate with others allows

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