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The Apple iPod Touch as a vocational support aid for adults with autism: Three case studies – IOS Press – Journal Article


Tony Gentry1, Stephanie Lau2, Alissa Molinelli2, Amy Fallen3, Richard Kriner4


Personal digital assistants (PDAs) offer task management and organizational features that may be utilized to help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) function more successfully in the workplace. Additionally, onboard video cameras and add-on software applications provide rich opportunities for the implementation of personalized vocational supports for individual workers. This article reports on three cases of workers with ASD who have been trained to use Apple iPod Touch PDAs as vocational supports in the workplace, resulting in improved functional performance and reduced behavioral challenges.


via IOS Press – Journal Article.

1Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

2Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

3Career Support Services, Richmond, VA, USA

4Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Richmond, VA, USA

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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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