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15 Great iPad Apps for Special Education Students

15 Great iPad Apps for Special Education Students | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Students and kids with learning disabilities can benefit from the surge in the use of educational apps on mobile devices particularly iPad. There are actually several iPad apps that can help your students overcome their autism and speech issues, develop both their communication and social skills, and enhance their literacy capabilities.

Here is a list we have curated for you containing awesome apps specifically designed for students with learning disabilities.

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Study Confirms: Autism Wandering Common & Scary

Study Confirms: Autism Wandering Common & Scary | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A new study confirms what many parents know well: Wandering by children with autism is common, dangerous and puts tremendous stress on families.

Using parent surveys, the researchers found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) attempt to wander or bolt from a safe, supervised place. More than half of these wandering children go missing – often into dangerous situations. Importantly, the researchers found evidence that autism-related wandering does not stem from inattentive parenting. It also found that half of all parents had received no help or guidance on how to deal with the problem.

The study appears online today in the journal Pediatrics. Autism Speaks funded the research through its support of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), an online project bringing together families affected by autism.


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Reach for the APPS Brings iPads to Children With Autism

Reach for the APPS Brings iPads to Children With Autism | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Reach for the APPs wants to give every autistic child an iPad to improve learning and communication skills.

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Faith Jegede: What I've learned from my autistic brothers

Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic -- and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.

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Professor awarded $800,000 grant for autism therapy research, including ‘virtual mirror’

Professor awarded $800,000 grant for autism therapy research, including ‘virtual mirror’ | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
UK professor Sen-Ching Cheung recently received an $800,000 grant for his autism therapy research from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The concept of ‘self’ is an important area in autism research. Children with autism typically lack interest in social interactions, but appear to be highly interested in their own image in mirrors and others imitating their actions. Under this new grant, we will be developing new software and hardware systems that can provide unprecedented capability in creating novel behaviors of self in both traditional visual medium and novel immersive devices, including the ‘virtual mirror.’”Sen-Ching (Samson) Cheung received a four-year grant, totaling nearly $800,000, for his autism therapy research.

In the virtual mirror, a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be able to look at himself in a large computer display. As he is looking at himself, the program will take his image and virtually create the child carrying out the very actions he needs to learn (speaking, sitting still, social interactions with others, etc.). Through seeing the instant visual feedback from the virtual mirror, Cheung hopes that this new technology can help autistic children better concentrate on behavioral learning and generalizing abstract concepts to daily life.

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