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Question & Answer - Autism



What is the book APPS FOR AUTISM all about?



August 2015



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Answer from Author Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP in Northern California

 

One of the greatest things about today’s technology is that it has given educators and parents opportunities to connect with individuals on the spectrum in a way books, flashcards, and other traditional techniques never could. Since its release in April 2010, the iPad has quickly become one of the most effective, motivating, indispensible learning tools ever for those on the autism spectrum – and just about everyone else! In the past few years, we have seen an explosion in what mobile technology has to offer for the special needs population. Apple has incorporated terrific new accessibility features, developers have created fantastic apps, and companies are producing accessories to meet the needs of every user.

 

But, most impressive of all, is the way this technology is opening new possibilities for the special needs population; many users are showing capabilities that defy our expectations. Non-verbal individuals are communicating; some are writing blogs, and even books! Students who would not touch a pencil have begun tracing letters on apps and can now write not only letters and words but also sentences! Others are developing speech, becoming literate, acquiring social skills, and getting just plain excited to learn.  As a matter-of-fact, many are using educational apps as reinforcers; they are essentially working to work. The iPad is so appealing that I have not had to open a bag of Skittles or chips in months – these are boring, compared to a new app. It has truly been an exciting few years.

 

I wrote the book Apps for Autism to help parents, educators, therapists, and individuals with disabilities navigate the mountain of available apps and gadgets. In this revised edition, you will see a considerable emphasis on how to use the iPad with your child or student from leading experts in their fields. I encourage everyone to explore the apps and features to see what these magical devices can do.  I have been using the iPad for over four years; my students have not only made tremendous progress, but they have also mastered operating systems, navigated apps, and developed an interest in technology. Students carry their devices with pride, not protest. 

 

Apps for Autism is arranged into 39 chapters from expressive language and concept development to motor control and a parental/therapy toolbox.  It is my sincerest hope that I can provide you with the information you need to acquire an appropriate iDevice, find accessories, avoid common pitfalls, and not only implement apps but more importantly give you the tools you need to search the iTunes Store to find apps that have the features that fit your individual needs.

 

More than a Review of Apps

 

The Revised and Expanded Edition of Apps for Autism has information, ideas, tips, and inspiration from the top experts in their fields. Among the many outstanding professionals you will meet are Bjorn Jeffery (CEO of Toca Boca) who talks about the importance of edutainment, Jessica Solari who tackles evidence-based-practices, Dr. Erik Raj who tells us how to get your child to practice at home, and Diane Bahr who addresses dysphagia and autism. Take a moment to get to know all the awesome contributors found in this expanded edition of Apps for Autism:

 

Diane Bahr – Ages and Stages®, LLC, Author of Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development - http://www.agesandstages.net/

 

Elizabeth Bonker - Author of I Am In Here - http://www.iaminherebook.com/

 

Lauren Enders - Augmentative Communication Consultant - https://www.facebook.com/LaurenSEndersMaCccSlp?fref=ts

 

Russ Ewell – Father, Developer, and Senior Evangelist of the Bay Area Christian Church - http://russewell.com/

 

Patti Hamaguchi – Hamaguchi & Associates, Author of Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know - http://www.hamaguchiandassociates.com/

 

Bjorn Jeffery – CEO at Toca Boca - http://tocaboca.com/

 

Dr. Erik X. Raj - Erik X. Raj Presents - http://erikxraj.com/

 

Shannon Des Roches Rosa - Editor/Contributor, Thinking Person's Guide to Autism - http://www.squidalicious.com/

 

Penina Rybak – Socially Speaking LLC - http://sociallyspeakingllc.com/

 

Dr. Kathleen Scaler Scott – Author of Managing Cluttering: A Comprehensive Guidebook of Activities

 

Dr. Stephen Shore - Author of Understanding Autism for Dummies - http://www.autismasperger.net/

 

Jessica Solari – Consonantly Speaking - http://consonantlyspeaking.com/

 

Barbara Smith – The Recycling Occupational Therapist, and Author of From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skill - http://www.barbarasmithoccupationaltherapist.com/

 

Thomas Todd - Curriculum and Instruction Specialist - https://www.facebook.com/thomasmtodd

 

Webinars

 

Join author and speech-language pathologist Lois Jean Brady as she walks you through some of her favorite apps for working with individuals with communication challenges. This is a free interactive, 30 minute webinar sponsored by My Special Voice. All registrants will receive the Feature matching checklist she personally uses to evaluate whether a particular speech app will be a good fit for one of her clients. Webinar(s) are scheduled every 4th Friday on the month starting July 24, 2015 at 9:00 am (PST). For more details visit - http://www.ourspecialvoice.org/apps-for-autism