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Digital Resources for Students with Autism

The digital age brings good news for teachers and parents dealing with students with autism. Today, there are more technologies than ever before to help students with speech, interaction, participation, and communication, making for more integrated classrooms and innovative therapies that help these students learn.

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Take a look at our comprehensive list of digital resources for students with autism:

Assistive Technology for Students with Autism

  • Technology and Autism – This website defines assistive technology and the way people communicate with the world. Autistic students struggle with communication and social skills. This resource can give you some valuable resources on how to improve your ability to do so.
  • Tips for Using Assistive Technology Devices – This page shows tips that will assist you if you or a loved one struggles with autism. It offers some helpful, practical tips on how to use assistive technology apps.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology – This paper discusses autism from a clinical perspective and addresses the issue of non-verbal students. The speech generating devices that can be used today for non-verbal students is an important advancement for people with this challenging disorder.
  • Assistive and Adaptive Technology and Autism – Research Autism is dedicated to the research aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how new technologies can make a difference in their lives through improved communication, as well as using the same technologies for other disorders.
  • 3 Ways Assistive Technology Can Help Students with Autism – Educational Tech Magazine sponsors this site and they focus on three major ways technology can help autistic kids succeed. Resources are available that help takes the information a step further for those affected by this disorder.

Digital Teaching Aids for Autistic Students

  • Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – has long been known as an expert in textbooks and literature for children. This site gives content for teachers who are teaching autistic kids and shows how to be successful with educational goals.
  • Teaching Young Children on the Autism Spectrum – The National Autistic Society is an organization in the UK dedicated to providing specialist services to schools. Their website has a wealth of information about how to teach children with autism, including some behaviors to be aware of when dealing with children with this disorder.
  • Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism – Indiana University Bloomington created a resource featuring tips for teaching children and adults with autism, as part of the Indiana Resource Center on Autism. Of particular interest is the introspective blog post in the middle of the page that gives you a peek into the autistic person’s world from an autistic student.

Technology in Treatment of Autism

  • AICPA Fellowship – The program ensures some classroom visible, diverse Ph.D. CPAs in the nation’s classrooms. The program awards $12,000 to support Minority CPAs that serve as role models for minority students in classroom and other settings that demonstrate a potential to become accounting educators.
  • Video Game Treatment for Kids with Autism – Students with autism often also suffer from a variety of other disorders such as ADHD and OCD. This site offers information based on medical information that supports the idea that video gaming, when used with discretion, can help offer hope for autistic people.
  • Digital Devices and Autism – This Autism Doctor focuses on various digital devices and how these can help autism students. At the same time, it illustrates the bad side of too much screen time and how it can overstimulate them.
  • Project: EVO – EVO is sponsored by the University of California in San Francisco. They focus on sensory development and processing that can be helped by digital medicine.
  • Autism Science Foundation – The Autism Science Foundation focuses on autistic treatment that uses digital technology to meet specific goals. It takes the view that early intervention is the key to success.

Technology and Disability

  • American Institutes for Research – The American Institute for Research gives you several resources you can use to learn how to use digital technologies, applications, and other aids to help autistic students.
  • Closing the Gap – Closing the Gap gives teachers and others dealing with autistic kids and adults the resources to “close the gap” on the challenges, plus a look at the assistive technology archives. Other disabilities are also addressed.

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