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Using iPads for Autism: Are There Still Too Many Questions?

Parents have told me how iPads and other tablet computers have given their children with autism a voice they never had. Students with autism are communicating in new ways and the secrets of their minds are for the first time, being unlocked.

But in a recent article in CIO (Chief Information Officers) magazine some members of the autism advocacy community are questioning the therapeutic value of iPads.

No one has actually studied which apps have a therapeutic benefit, Mark Sirkin, vice president of social marketing and online fund-raising for Autism Speaks, told the magazine. Parents may hear anecdotes about apps dramatically changing a child’s life, but there is no measurable proof that the apps really work.

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This entry was posted on June 8, 2012 by in Autism, iPad, Science.
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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