Using Apps to Help Autistic Children

There’s an overwhelming range of therapeutic tools that have been designed for special needs and autistic children to impart self-regulation and social skills. Parents of children with autism have admitted that they have attained a greater success by just playing mobile games on their iPhones and smart phones. If the regular apps can get such a success, imagine what impact specialized apps like “Math on the Farm” or “Make Sentences” will have on children with autism spectrum disorder.

Let’s find out how these apps can help autistic children.

Tech for behavior tracking

The behavior of a child with autism spectrum disorder is often unpredictable. It seems to be the outcome of several interacting factors. Autism apps can help parents keep track of their children’s medication, diet, activities, and behavior, so that they can put in place a plan of action.

Educational apps like “Math on the Farm” or “Make Sentences” can be very engaging for special needs children. Children find it interesting to collect points within the app.

Tech as special interest

A largely common trait among most autistic children is the keen interest in a specific subject which often holds the key to unlock the kid’s development. But there’s often a debate on whether educational apps can arouse a special interest among autistic children. Some people are inclined to think that they distract the kids from discovering their real passion, or represent a more peer-accepted way to pursue an underlying geeky interest.

Experts are of the opinion that allowing autistic children plenty of time on these apps helps in learning mathematics and sentence-making skills. It also helps the child learn about the technology itself.

Tech as community

The emergence of social internet that began with bulletin boards and chat rooms has been a boon for children with autism spectrum disorder, especially those who are uncomfortable to interact face to face. It’s for the same reason that many children with autism spectrum disorder find it easier to socialize online. But many parents are often left worried whether online interaction will displace the development of the real interpersonal skills.

Though autistic children may take time to get accustomed to the apps, online support can be very helpful to raise them.

But there hasn’t really been a simple answer regarding how far autism apps like “Math on the Farm” or “Make Sentences” can help an autistic child. There’s always a raging debate about whether technology like autism apps is good or bad for autistic children. To have technology as a constructive influence, we have to stop talking about the “screen time” and extend these gadgets to children with autism to get a hold on life. But is should also be remembered at the same time that use of these apps have to be closely monitored. Parental guidance is a must to get the best out of these apps.

Apps like “Math on the Farm” or “Make Sentences” have been very well received by children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents. The company which developed the apps has promised to bring out more such apps in the future.

Source by Kevin Carter

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