iPads for Autism Kate Mundy Special Education Teacher, Developmental Learning Center Emotional Regulation • Time Timer to set limits • Personalized playlists with music for self-regulation • A motivating reward for positive behavior Communication • Can be used as an assistive communication device • Is portable for community use • Is a more socially acceptable communication device • More widely understood than Sign Language Academic Skills • Helps to maintain academic skills • Apps for reading, writing, and math • Animated story books for literacy skills • Fine motor games and activities Thematic Units • Enhances learning to go along with our thematic units in the classroom • Exposes students to things they might not get to experience • Provides more examples of items in our thematic units (music, dinosaurs, plants, etc.) Recreation • The most popular use! – engages students who have a difficult time choosing leisure items • Games, animated storybooks, music; the options are infinite and change daily! • Promotes socialization among peers Future Plans • The technology is constantly changing and adapting as more and more apps are released • Will continue to use it for thematic units • Continue to explore emotional regulation • Use social stories personalized with pictures And mostly, it’s FUN!!
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