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Autism Awareness Month

As April comes to an end, so does Autism Awareness Month marked from Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.
This month aims to bring focus to the thousands of people who receive an autism diagnosis every year as well as raise awareness and acceptance for autism.
 
However, even though there are just a few days left in April and therefore Autism Awareness Month, we at Mac & PC Doctors have correlated some standout articles and events that a worth your time.
 
In light of this month, Autism Parenting Magazine released an incredibly comprehensive list of around 100 apps to download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. These apps assist those who are on the spectrum with educating themselves on autism as well as improving their ability to learn with engaging games.
 
Check out this list here:
 
 
Queensland association ‘Go Blue for Autism’ has again partnered with Warner Bros. Movie World to offer early access to the park for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Sunday 29th of April. Guests with ASD will receive free entry to the park from 8:30 am. See below to read more about this event.
 
 
If you want to purchase some merchandise like water bottles, keep cups, t-shirts and more to show your support for ‘Go Blue for Autism’ head to:
 
 
If you are concerned about your child or would like a bit more clarity surrounding autism, head to Autism Awareness Australia.
 
 
 
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Apps for Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month.  

Many people with autism find assistive technology hugely beneficial for all sorts of purposes. Some people use dedicated speech generating devices but many use a mainstream device such as an iPad and install apps which fall broadly into the categories of:

  • communication
  • social skills
  • emotional regulation
  • learning
  • academic and work

There are a couple of really good Australian resources to help parents, carers and therapists to make good choices about apps.  See our earlier post on choosing apps.

Bronwyn Sutton of BEST Autism Therapy has created a very comprehensive guide which she updates constantly.

Craig Smith of Autism Pedagogy has a blog post here with an overview of useful apps.

If you are just starting the iPad journey, you will want to think about:

  • goals for iPad use
  • size and memory capability
  • protection with a good case
  • wifi and cellular or wifi only
  • training for user, carers and therapists