By Margo Pierce
re-posted from 12/05/11
Mobile technology and apps enable those who have special needs to function more freely and effectively in the classroom and out into the world.
Maureen Watson, the mother of two children “on the autism spectrum,” says apps on mobile devices have changed the world for her sons, ages 17 and 14. Starting with the iPod Touch, Watson migrated to iPads.
“A big problem is trying to get my other kids or family or friends or people to want to communicate with the boys,” she said. “My two sons were the first to get the iPad. Now these kids, who are not normally the cool, in-kids, everybody wanted to be around them and play with them and use the devices.”
One benefit is portability. Family members can download apps to their phones, making communicating at a restaurant or at a park as simple as taking out the phone.
Watson’s sons attend Giant Steps School in Southport, Connecticut, which uses mobile devices and apps to expand and improve the quality of education.
In the following slideshow, Watson and Lindajeanne Schwartz, Giant Steps’ head of school and program administrator, share their favorite apps for autistic learners. Continue reading "8 Top Apps for Autistic Learners"