It has been evident in recent news that certain technology has been very beneficial in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) develop various skills, and learn how to communicate. Recently, a new game has been developed which helps teach children about the people that they are likely to encounter in their communities, as well as cultivate important safety skills.
CampDiscovery, the free learning app developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), released the Community Helpers game to teach children about the “helpers” they are likely to see and interact with in their neighborhoods, such as doctors, teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Players are taught to identify the various helpers by their titles, by what they do, and what location they might be found in. “While we often teach children to avoid strangers, it is important to teach them about the people that are there to assist them in the community”, states Dennis Dixon, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer of CARD.
Another tool that has helped Autistic children and teens develop their communication skills is Autism Expressed. This interactive learning system teaches the digital skills that have become essential in communicating in today’s world. Although many schools are utilizing basic technology to enhance various skills of Autistic individuals, Autism Expressed actually introduces real world applications of technology. Students have the opportunity to learn how to how to navigate the Web, how to utilize social network platforms, and understand the importance of online safety.
The ICare4Autism International Conference will be discussing the latest technology developments for individuals with ASD on July 2nd in NYC. Well-respected speakers will be discussing the significant relevance of learning apps and various technologies to aid in the development of multiple skills for children with Autism, including Michele McKeone, Founder and CEO of Autism Expressed. Ms. McKeone will be presenting a workshop that demonstrates the uses and benefits of the program. To attend this conference, please select tickets here.
As Autism Awareness Month continues, ICare4Autism will be sharing more information about the latest advances in Autism treatment, research findings, and medical news. We will also be highlighting several self-advocates and stories of hope. We hope that you will share these stories, and use the month of April to spread awareness about Autism! Please make a difference and donate today!