Autism and Technology

so they have developed a PacMan-style game with happy and frowny faces to help autistic children recognize facial cues. Another prominent part of autism is the need to have routine and order consistently, which the repetitive nature of the technology can provide.

 

Another useful piece of technology is the Proloquo2Go application for iDevices, created by AssitiveWare in 2009. Using pictures, it helps non-verbal Autisic children “speak”, thus helping them communicate with those around them;

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Although technology can be a useful tool, it is most definitely not a magic bullet and, like anything, all pupils will benefit from the technology differently, depending on their individual personalities and requirements. That being said, anything that gives people on the autism spectrum a chance to have the same opportunities as everyone else is a bonus and the games and programmes developed so far have made a huge difference in hundreds of pupils’ lives.

 

For further information, try http://www.autism.org.uk/ and http://www.tacanow.org/