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This post is part Seven of the Special Needs iPad & App Series . Almost from the day the iPad was launched there was an immediate buzz about the special needs apps that were available in the iPad app store.
Reading and understanding social cues don’t come easy for children with special needs. Here are twelve activities that you can do with your child to help improve his or her social skills.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Augmentative communication (AAC for short) is an alternative way to help students and adults with language disorders use expressive language or receptive language. Augmentative communication can be accomplished through assistive technology devices such as computers or hand held devices.
Instead of making folks ferret out multiple posts for apps info, I've put together a categorized spreadsheet of iPad apps for people with autism -- the ones that work for Leo, yes, but eventually lots of other apps as well. The spreadsheet below is scrollable, but you can also go straight to the full screen version . The spreadsheet includes the apps I've reviewed on this site and on BlogHer so far -- with prices, iTunes links to full and lite (free) versions, and review URLs when available. The spreadsheet will be updated frequently, as our apps backlog is burgeoning and many reviews are forthcoming.
This chart is cross-posted on our new site at Personalize Learning . After writing the post “ Personalization is NOT Differentiating Instruction ,” I received some very interesting feedback and more hits than any other of my posts. I think I hit a nerve. So Kathleen McClaskey and I did some research on what personalization is and the differences between differentiation and individualization. We found very little information on the differences. And what we did find, we disagreed with many of the points.
When a child is hyperactive, fidgety, impulsive, and struggles with issues of attention, one cannot automatically assume that this child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. There are a number of other conditions and factors that can cause symptoms and behaviors that may be mistaken for ADHD. Pinpointing the causes of a child's impairment is vital to that child's improvement. Accurate diagnosis of a problem leads to effective treatment. This is why it is so important for an assessment of ADHD to be extremely thorough and comprehensive, and why clinicians need to use an empirically validated approach.
Published Online: October 12, 2011 Published in Print: October 13, 2011, as Assistive Technology: Write Answers By Francesca Duffy Assistive technology is designed to make hard or even seemingly impossible tasks doable—and for students with disabilities, writing can be one of the hardest school tasks of all. But since difficulties in writing are wide-ranging—and technology is rapidly evolving—finding the right AT device can be an ordeal. One key is to ensure you understand the student’s challenges first, and then to match the right technology to his or her needs, speech-language pathologist Joan Green, author of The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education , says.
Shannon Des Roches Rosa Leo Rosa, son of Shannon Des Roches Rosa, of Redwood City, Calif., plays with Spot the Dot, an educational app for the iPad. The Apple iPad has been hailed as a savior for assisting children with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. It was portrayed as a minor miracle in a recent segment on “60 Minutes” and has been found to help even the very young quickly learn. Anecdotally, teachers, parents and therapists describe the profound difference that apps for Apple and Android products have made in helping autistic children develop skills.