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Autism Technologies for Those on the Spectrum

Achieving independence in life is now more accessible for people having autism spectrum disorder. New autism technologies have entered the market that supports self-monitoring and at the same time, reduces the need for assistance. Assistive technologies, these days, are standard equipment that’s socially accepted, readily available, and portable.

Autism and Education for Those on the Spectrum

Autism technologies are used for leisure, education, in the workplace, and all other areas where they can be integrated into the environment. These technologies support written and verbal communication skills.

For instance, if you have a child with limited communication skills or who is nonverbal, then assistive autism technologies like speech or talking devices, can be of great help. The world of autism, to most parents, is often scary and overwhelming. The first reaction, when the autism expert recommends taking a device, is often met with scepticism.

But technology has emerged as a superb tool to facilitate auditory and visual supports, and also collect performance data for helping individuals with autism tackle life’s challenges. With data archiving now possible with the latest autism technologies, scientists and researchers have structured information at their disposal to carry out better studies.

Be Cautious of Non-Evidence Based Autism Treatments

Autism technologies now stretch beyond children. Therapeutic gadgets are now helping older individuals who struggle in their daily life. But early intervention is most important. The technologies—gadgets, apps, and other learning devices—should be introduced as early as possible but under expert supervision. Like in all other fields, not every tech gadget will be suitable for every individual with autism. Caution must be exercised to check that technology doesn’t become counterproductive.

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Prabuddha Neogi

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