April is Autism Acceptance Month, celebrating the unique character of autistic children and adults. A 2016 study found that 1 in 68 children in the United States (1.46%) have autism. However, apps can make a real difference.
So, what is Autism?
Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability. Autistic people see the world differently. A heightened sensitivity to their surroundings can make the world feel like a scary place. Therefore, routine and structure are important. Autistic children can find friendships difficult; however, technology is on their side. Apps help them to communicate, create and enjoy their life, just like everyone else.
How can apps help?
Apple reflect diversity by baking Accessibility features into its products. The App Store features plenty of choices to keep clever little minds busy. From the educational Sentence Maker, to Pictello talking visual stories, there is an app for everyone. The genius of Brili Routines keeps users on track, whilst the Skoogmusic 2.0 tactile cube encourages budding musicians to get creative! These apps help autistic children have their unique voice heard. The apps are located throughout the App Store, from books, podcasts to iTunes U, so all are within easy reach.
Whilst most children love their iPad, for those with autism, such technology can work wonders. Learning with their peers in a quieter environment than the classroom, often leads to a more focused student. Furthermore, working at their own pace, helps them stay calm and happy. Apps help to break learning into smaller, more accessible parts. Consequently, this improves communication between children, parents and teachers. The unique experiences of those with autism enrich our world.
Apps allow for enhanced learning, whilst affording the child independent leisure time. Apps make a real difference to autism acceptance.
So, take a trip to the App Store to learn and of course, play!