An increasing number of applications (apps) are available to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to access the curriculum and engage with others. While many students with ASD appear able to use the easy 'swipe' action required for use of tablet devices, most important is the value of the application to the individual student. That is, what is the learning need and how does the app support the learning?
Apps may be used to support the learning of students with ASD, for example:
- understanding cause and effect and developing early concepts
- curriculum areas
- social communication
- language and communication development
- visual cueing systems and supports, including video modelling
- organisation, sequencing and independence
- games to develop engagement, attention and motivation in curriculum tasks
- drawing and visual representation.