Issue date: 16 November 2015
Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
Dr Nigel Newbutt, Associate Head of Media and Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol, said, With as many as 1 in 68 reported as being diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition, there is the potential for technologies to be used and applied to many affected people. The National Autistic Society, for example, report that around 700,000 people in the UK are affected by an autism condition – a lifelong development disability affecting how a person communicates and relates to other people.
Head-Mounted Virtual Reality Could Help People With Autism Learn Social Skills and Develop Employment Opportunities full article
By Elisabeth Geier
A boy walks through the crowded halls of his school tethered to a dog who helps him remain calm in the crowd, find the correct classroom, and get settled in his seat before class starts.
A family enjoys dinner at a busy restaurant with a dog laying patiently at their childs feet.
A young woman sits in a chair with her head in her hands, rocking back and forth; her dog puts his front paws on her lap and applies deep pressure until her body releases tension and she is able to carry on with her day. These are autism assistance dogs in action.
The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs full article
July 23, 2014 Calgary, Alberta Western Economic Diversification Canada
Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for EdmontonMill WoodsBeaumont, announced an investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Harper Government Supports Innovative Pilot Program Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Obtain Employment in the IT Industry full article
While federal law protects a blind person’s right to be accompanied in any public place by a service animal, the rights of children with autism who rely on trained dogs to keep them safe, regulate unruly behaviour and help them develop socially are not so clear.
National service dog agencies estimate nearly 1,500 children with autism have been paired with an animal. The Toronto Star spoke with families across Canada with the animals, several of whom described drawn-out, draining meetings where “standoff-ish” board officials debated the dog’s value and raised concerns about potential allergies, cultural sensitivities (can a child who is prohibited by religion from drawing an animal be in the same room as one?), strained resources (who would fill the dog’s water bowl?) and liability insurance.
Parents of Kids With Autism Fight to Get Service Dogs in Schools full article
by Craig Boerner | Posted on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 4:00 PM
Like watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears, according to a Vanderbilt study published today in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Vanderbilt Study Reveals Senses of Sight and Sound Separated in Children With Autism full article
Jan 10, 2014
More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with autism, according to a Vanderbilt study released in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Employment May Lead to Improvement in Autism Symptoms full article
by Joan Brasher
Posted on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 — 11:44 AM
The iPad you use to check email, watch episodes of Mad Men and play Words with Friends may hold the key to enabling children with autism spectrum disorders to express themselves through speech.
New research indicates that children with autism who are minimally verbal can learn to speak later than previously thought, and iPads are playing an increasing role in making that happen, according to Ann Kaiser, a researcher at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.
iPads Help Late-Speaking Children With Autism Develop Language full article
Published: Oct. 17, 2013
Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources, a Michigan State University researcher says.
The diagnosis rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder for 14- to 17-year-olds has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet previous research has found very few strategies for helping adolescents with autism develop skills needed to be successful, especially in group settings.
“Teaching social skills to adolescents with ASD has to be effective and practical,” said Joshua Plavnick, assistant professor of special education at MSU. “Using video-based group instruction regularly could promote far-reaching gains for students with ASD across many social behaviors.”
Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens With Autism full article
AutisMate LITE gives users a taste of AutisMate, a uniquely comprehensive, customizable, easy-to-use communication and life skills learning app for adults and children with autism.
(PRWEB) July 03, 2013
SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, a software development firm devoted to helping people with learning and development limitations, has launched AutisMate LITE, a demo version of AutisMate, the company’s application for adults and children with autism.
AutisMate LITE is meant to give users a taste of AutisMate, an app that extends beyond the capabilities of augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) and learning apps through its comprehensive, customizable, and easy to use Smart Scenes™ technology. AutisMate’s
Demo Version of AutisMate, SpecialNeedWare’s iPad App for People With Autism, Hits the Market full article
The transition from youth to adulthood is the weakest link in the country’s already fractured approach to caring for children with autism
By Pauline Tam, Ottawa Citizen February 18, 2013
Two years ago, when Ashley Corbett of Arnprior turned 18, she entered Ontario’s Byzantine world of autism services for adults.
At best, the system treated her with benign neglect. At worst, she was invisible to it. Knowing that the wait was long for a coveted place at a provincially funded group home, Linda Murphy put her daughter’s name on the list when Corbett was just 13.
Six years later, she’s still waiting — one of 6,000 Ontarians with developmental disabilities who are on hold for residential care.
Autism’s New Frontiers PART 2: ‘The bridge to nowhere’ full article
By ERIN ANDERSEN / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
January 16, 2013
If you have a child with autism, now there is an app for that.
This new smartphone/tablet application is designed for parents, with the goal of helping them teach their primarily non-speaking children to communicate.
The app, “MySocius,” was developed by Keith Allen, professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha. It was created by the behavior app division of Sector Now, LLC, a Lincoln-based smartphone development company.
Think beyond the apps that let us play games like “Bubbles” and “Jewel Quest.” Beyond apps that track our phones, map our routes or provide a handy flashlight when the lights go out.
Nebraska Doctor Develops Smartphone App for Parents of Autistic Children full article
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
MyVoice® Inc. today announced TalkRocket Go™, a wheelchair-friendly app for kids and adults with speech disabilities that is
more physically accessible yet more affordable, at just $99. TalkRocket Go lets users connect buttons and switches, including
those on wheelchairs, to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, and then use those controls to speak words and phrases out loud.
“As a parent of a child with special needs, I can tell you TalkRocket Go is going to make a huge difference for so many
families, including mine,” said Tony Gross, MyVoice’s Community Director. “There’s nothing else quite like it.”
MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at full article
The Associated Press
Posted April 27, 2012
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Teachers hurled insults like “bastard,” ”tard,” ”damn dumb” and “a hippo in a ballerina suit.” A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, “Shut up, you little dog.”
Stuart Chaifetz, was told that his son Akian was acting violently at his New Jersey school he decided to investigate. Akian has autism, as do the rest of the students in the class. This prevented him from being able to explain to his father if anything had been happening to him at school.
Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse full article
Updated: Fri Jan. 20 2012 20:55:34
Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca Staff
Autism advocates are worrying that proposed changes to the way that autism is defined could affect the way that children and adults with the condition access treatment and services.
An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is considering narrowing the definition of autism as it completes its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM V, as it’s known.
The DSM is the standard reference book for mental health disorders and hasn’t been revised in 17 years. Most expect the new edition will narrow the criteria for autism to make it more stringent.
Plan to Change Autism Definition Has Some Worried full article
By Emma Graney, Leader-Post November 28, 2011
Levi Tetlock is a nine-year-old boy who likes playing with toy planes, watching films and eating popcorn.
He’s skinny for his age and his thick-lashed brown eyes are usually focused on the wall, small clues to the fact he has autism.
Until a few months ago, he didn’t really talk and simple interactions were beyond his grasp. But in September, he started Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – an intensive, one-on-one form of therapy.
Now, when his mother asks him questions in the living room of their Regina home, he giggles as he answers; he knows his name, age, address, names of his family members, where he went on vacation.
Families Push for Autism Funds full article
August 15, 2011
Susan Roque finds her son’s torn-up socks all over their Sudbury home. It’s an expensive habit she knows 13-year-old Marcus cannot control because he has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism characterized by emotional outbursts and obsessive behaviour.
“If there’s a tear in his sock he’ll start pulling at it. I have socks all over the place with holes everywhere. He just picks at it. He’s very sensory
sensitive. I’m always buying that boy clothes,” said Roque, a single mother of two.
Boy ‘Not Disabled Enough’ to Receive Tax Credit full article
By TONY MUMA, FOR THE SUDBURY STAR
Posted July 13, 2011
Susan Roque has put on her mother-bear hat and she’s ready to step up to the plate and take some swings for her son, Marcus.
Marcus, 13, lives with Asperger Syndrome, a relative of the Autism Spectrum Disorder family. After being diagnosed in 2006, the family retroactively received a Disability Tax Credit for Marcus’s impairment from the province of Ontario and the federal government — until now.
The Roques were recently notified by Canada Revenue Agency that Marcus is no longer eligible for the federal Disability Tax Credit.
Sticking Up for Her Son full article
May 18, 2011 – 14:00
Pat Hewitt, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Four-year-old Satu Kuisma smiles as she finds a picture of herself and touches it on the screen.
When teacher Sabrina Morey asks the kindergartner to tell her what she did in class that day, Satu taps away on the iPad, selecting pictures for eating,
drawing and playing on swings.
Communication can be a struggle for Satu, who has a rare chromosome disorder. Born at just 2 1/2 pounds, she has had developmental delays, one of the most prominent being her speech. But she’s among dozens of non-verbal children at a Toronto school who are learning to communicate through touch technology.
Autistic Children Use iPad at Toronto School to Reach Out and Communicate full article
Posted to Site, April 14, 2011
The iPad is a device that many lust after as a shiny new toy, but many people with disabilities can benefit from what it has to offer as a functional tool.
Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills.
Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled
40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled full article
Students who interact with their peers during lessons are more motivated, more engaged with material, and more capable at learning language, communications, and listening skills. How do you retain that interaction for special needs students who might not have regular access–or any access–to a traditional classroom?
By Denise Harrison
A student at A.J. West Elementary School in Aberdeen, WA did not speak. Ever. She was a selective mute, and no one in the area, located more than 100 miles from Seattle, knew how to treat a child who simply refused to talk. The school’s technology coordinator suggested a video conference with professionals who had experience with selective mutes in order to collaborate on an individualized education plan (IEP).
Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Students Virtually full article