Friday, February 04, 2011

Clinic Notes: iPad Hypnosis of Children with Autism

In a previous blog, I discussed the iPad fascination that children with autism have. Just about every child with autism that I have handed my iPad to has become enthralled, almost hypnotized, and quickly learned to navigate through different iPad apps. At the Children's Treatment Center for Autism or Related Disorders we are testing Discrete Trial Training (DTT) apps that we have developed, several are in the iTunes store now, (Autism Colors and Autism Shapes) and they are being well received. Other apps that are being developed by us and other developers are also doing very well. As I reported in a previous blog the iPad works much better for kids with autism than the touch screen computer. No one has a clue why this is so. The new iPad, coming sometime this spring, will be different. I only hope the children will find it just as hypnotizing. In my 40 years of working with these special kids I have never seen anything like this.

1 comment:

astridvanwoerkom said...

Maybe autistics are better able to handle the iPad than touch screen computers due to their usual motor deficits, which may make handling a touch screen computer difficult. Anyway, this is good that children enjoy the iPad and you are able to use it in DTT.