Autism and the IPad

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Autism and the IPad by Brian Friedlander, Christine Besko-Maughan

The iPad? is a revolutionary technology that is profoundly changing both the manner in which teachers present instructional content, as well as the way students process and learn new information. The multi-sensory design of the iPad? makes it an ideal tool for teaching 21st century learners, especially students with special needs who assistive technology supports. This guide, by Brian S. Friedlander and Christine Besko-Maughan, identifies ways of integrating the iPad and education apps into the classroom to reach students with diverse learning styles, including those with special needs such as learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or other language or communication disorders. The guide identifies some of the best apps for enhancing communication development, and offers guidance on how to use these programs with students. The guide also lists apps to help specific areas of the curriculum, including reading, writing, science, social studies/history, and math. It also recommends tools to help with organization, such as visual schedules and graphic organizers, as well as apps for learning appropriate social skills. Fifteen activities for using the iPad in the classroom are included in this comprehensive yet concise resource.

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ISBN-13: 9781935609797
Publisher: National Professional Resources, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Brian S. Friedlander, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where he coordinates graduate programs in special education and teaches graduate courses in assistive technology. A school psychologist with expertise in the area of assistive technology, Brian has a passion for using all kinds of technology in his professional work. Friedlander consults to many school districts in the State of New Jersey and has taught thousands of educators how to utilize the tools and methodologies of mind mapping to improve learning in the classroom. He is also a consultant in private practice in the area of assistive technology and maintains an active blog at For NPR, Inc., he is co-author of “Engaging the Resistant Child Through Computer”s and author of several laminated reference guides, including “Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know;” “Instructional Technology for 21st Century Skills;” “iPad: Enhancing Learning & Communication for Students with Special Needs;” “Autism & the iPad: Strengthening Communication and Behavior;” and “Chromebooks in the Classroom.” He is also featured in their classic DVD, “Assistive Technology: Powerful Solutions for Success.” In addition, he has written the books “Emotionally Intelligent Parenting,” and “Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers.”

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