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My final essay question is
How does technology impact on children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
My key points to my essay will be
- There are about 100,000 children in the UK who are on the autistic spectrum.
- The diagnosis of Autism has increased at an alarming rate.
- Technology is helping target Communication, Socialization and motivation.
- This can affect them at home, in school and in every day to day life.
What is autism?
- As the old saying goes, “when you meet one child with Autism, you’ve just met one child with Autism.”
- There are about 100,000 children in the UK who are on the autistic spectrum. Each child is different. But in general terms your child might have problems relating to other people or find it tricky to feel part of everyday life. The range of abilities, skills, brilliance and need is so different for every child on the spectrum and that’s why Sky Badger has put everything you might ever need in one place.
Kennedy Krieger’s patient care programs offer an interdisciplinary treatment approach tailored to the individual needs of each child, throughout all stages of care. Highly trained professionals from various disciplines and departments collaborate to design treatment plans specific to each patient’s needs.
Why should we target ASD at a young age?
- About one in six children is affected by one or more developmental disabilities.1 The incidence rate for autism spectrum disorder is now as high as 1 in 50 children.2 This represents a 300% percent increase in the past 10 years. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.k
- With proper intervention, a child can overcome a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and learning problems. Intensive, well-designed and timely intervention can improve the prospects — and the quality of life — for many children who are considered at risk for cognitive, social, or emotional impairment
Difficulty with commutation and how technology can help?
- When we support non-verbal individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we quickly become aware that it is important to read body language, facial expression, sounds, or other behaviors. We begin to read the messages of those behaviors, which unfortunately is most frequently associated with negative behavior. Behavior IS communication and it is used not only for “negative” means, but also to express joy, happiness, and desires!! How wonderful it would be for those who are non-verbal, to have an alternative means to express their wishes!!
Why use technology and media based tools
- Individuals with ASD have enough strength in visual processing that supports the use of technology. Other learning characteristics of individuals with ASD such as desire for sameness and interest in inanimate objects which are also well suited to technology