iPads and Autism: Using iPads for Autism and the Effects of that on Learning Methods


The purpose of this study is to grasp the opportunity of utilizing technology like iPad for Autistic students. This study to prove that technology is not an optional tool in learning it becomes an essential tool to teach and provide information, and enhance academic skills for students. In 2012, the research in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2014, the number of children increased by 30 percent with 1 in 68 children. So, because of growing number we have to come up with new learning methods. Technology allowed having different learning ways for people with disabilities. Also, it is a getaway to improve their skills, especially in academic, social and communication. The study applied in 33 students in Jeddah Autism Center to enhance academic skills for Autism. The first phase of this study started by distributed a survey for Autistic's family to know if they use technology at home with their children or not. Next, teachers made a technical file for each student and applied using iPad in a computer lab by giving them tasks according to educational plan for the student. The results were divided into two groups: 27 students accepted it, they performed assigned tasks, and six students did not interest and, refused to use iPad.

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Nusaybah Rajaallah Alghanmi, Jeddah Autism Center, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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