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How iPad Apps Have Changed the Lives of Autism Patients and their Families

By Nickolas Hayden Subscribe to RSS | April 10th 2012 | Views:
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Once upon a time, a boy walked up to a group of kids playing on a field by the lake. One of the group members jokingly says, “Go jump in the lake!” The new kid, confused, asks, “Why would I do that? I’m going to get wet.” His literal understanding of this playful but dismissive phrase caused the other kids to burst in laughter, and he walked away hurt.

That kid probably had Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that, unlike autism, doesn’t impede linguistic or cognitive development but does have a pronounced effect on one’s ability to interact socially. One of the most telling signs of Asperger’s is if a person is unable to tell if something is spoken sarcastically or in jest. Other symptoms of Asperger’s are limited empathy and physical clumsiness. Fitting in during your teenage years is hard enough; think about what teens with Asperger’s have to go through.

The important thing to remember here is that people with disorders on the autism spectrum, like Asperger’s, don’t have the same brain wiring other people have. Because of this, they have a hard time distinguishing faces or interacting socially, which makes them prefer interacting with nonhumans like cartoon characters.

People with these disorders possess strengths and weaknesses that vary depending on the type of disorder and the severity of its presence in the individual. Some have good non-verbal skills, while others are gifted with advanced technological and artistic skills. Experts have recognized this condition and have sought ways to understand its nature using media available today. The turning point for people with autism spectrum disorders is said to be the invention of computer-based technologies that take into account their strengths and weaknesses.

With the prevalence of modern mobile devices, iPad autism apps are considered the next big thing in facilitating the development of teens with autism spectrum disorders. Tablet computers like the iPad have captured the world by storm due to their portability and user-friendly features.

Asperger apps, for example, typically include fields where one could input slang phrases like ‘go jump in the lake’, which generates a suitable definition. Some apps have functions that alert users when their voices get too loud. Users can also tap some relaxation techniques to help them calm down especially after a hurtful episode.

The uses of the iPad for autism disorders are virtually endless, and it is hoped that more people with Asperger’s around the world will benefit from these new technologies. For more information, you can visit autismspeaks.org or webhostinggeeks.com/blog.

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