Assistive Technology for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


For years, different modes of technology have been used to improve the quality of life of people who have various developmental disabilities . However, the varied use of technology for children with autism continues to receive limited attention, despite the fact that technology tends to be a high interest area for many of these children.

This issue of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Series will discuss how various modes of technology (including technology designed as augmentative communication systems), can be used for children with autism to increase or improve their:

  • Overall understanding of their environment
  • Expressive communication skills
  • Social interaction skills
  • Attention skills
  • Motivation skills
  • Organization skills
  • Academic skills
  • Self help skills
  • Overall independent daily functioning skills

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