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:
- social skills
- emotional regulation
- 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.
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