Oct 27

How Autism Apps Help Kids on the Spectrum

By: Dina Roth Port

autismTechnology is helping children with autism master decidedly non-technical skills.

Children with an autism spectrum disorder can have a range of special needs, such as social or communication difficulties and restrictive or repetitive behaviors.While technology has always held promise as a therapeutic tool, the customization and personalization of the latest apps are helping children with autism learn to communicate, socialize and master routines in new ways.“Apps are transformative — they have been shown to improve communication skills, the effectiveness of behavioral therapy and learning and school performance among people with autism,” said Dan Smith, Ph.D., vice president of innovative technologies for Autism Speaks, a leading autism research and advocacy organization.” To read further please click here:http://iq.intel.com/how-autism-apps-help-kids-on-the-spectrum/?linkId=18181565&sr_source=lift_twitter

Sep 12

Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for students with autism

By:Alexis Parker

autism2“I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behaviour, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioural challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behaviour, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s understanding of the lesson by asking the student a question, and the student can verbally respond. Or given a worksheet and pencil, a student with typical fine motor skills can complete the worksheet to show understanding of the material. These approaches do not work with my students.” To read further please click here:


Aug 16

Doctor Says Minecraft Games Help Kids With Autism


autism2“Block-building game Minecraft helps children with autism improve their ability to interact. Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. Dr. Randy Kulman, from LearningWorks for Kids, says Minecraft, which has sold over 50 million copies, can help with the condition. He interviewed a number of kids affected by autism on what they love most about the sandbox construction game:

You can do whatever you want

One of the things the kids loved most was the fact that in Minecraft there are no rules, you’re free to do anything you want, whenever you want. This is interesting considering kids affected by Autism generally prefer rules and knowing what to expect. But in their own Minecraft world, they seem to embrace the unknown. ” To read further please click here:


May 25

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

By: Brian Neese

special ed“According to the National Education Association (NEA), the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30 percent over the past 10 years. Additionally, the NEA reports that nearly every general education classroom in the country includes students with disabilities, as three out of every four students with disabilities spends part or all of their school day in a general education classroom.

But as the number of students in special education programs has increased, the supply of special education instructors has not kept pace. Based on the Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, 47 states in the 2014-15 school year were in need of special education instructors.

One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology. Today, assistive technology can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Ranging in sophistication from “low” technologies such as a graphic organizer worksheet to “high” technologies including cutting-edge software and smartphone apps, assistive technology is a growing and dynamic field. Several areas of assistive technology and sample products may be found in any given classroom, making a difference in how students of all abilities learn.” To read further please click here:


Mar 11

12 Things I’d Like Teachers to Understand about Autism

By:Lisa Smith

autism“I have a follower who is a teacher and she asked me to do a “Ten things I’d like to tell teachers about autism” list. I came up with 12 things that I would tell my son’s teachers in grade school if I could go back in time.

1. Autism is a huge spectrum. 

If you have taught other children with autism you may have a good general idea of what autism looks like but my son will still be different than the others. If you have questions about my son or how autism affects him, ask me. Nothing will impress me more about you than your willingness to learn about my son and his needs.

2. A routine and transition warnings are helpful for a child with autism.

While we know that flexibility is an important life skill and one we need to work on, my son does not handle surprises or big changes in his routine well. Things like a substitute teacher, a fire drill, or a field trip are all going to cause anxiety for my son. A warning and clear instructions will help. A visual schedule would be a helpful tool for my son. A five-minute warning, a two-minute warning, and tolerance are needed. “To read further please click here:

Aug 30

5 Robots Booking It to a Classroom Near You

By: Yohana Desta

Robot-Classroom“The technological creations are taking on serious roles in the classroom. With the accelerating rate of robotic technology, school administrators all over the world are plotting how to implement them in education, from elementary through high school.

In South Korea, robots are replacing English teachers entirely, entrusted with leading and teaching entire classrooms. In Alaska, some robots are replacing the need for teachers to physically be present at all.

Rbotics 101 is now in session. Here are five ways robots are being introduced into schools. “To read further please click here: