Autism iPad Techniques to Bridge Learning Gaps, T&L 2900

Children with autism learn differently and it is the view of many researchers and experts such as Simon Baron-Cohen (2005) and Temple Grandin (2010) that autism is not so much a disease but indeed a difference in learning styles. There is significant research that supports the use of technology for students who are on the Autism Spectrum as a tool to assist their learning outcomes.

In the past eight years of working with students with autism I've discovered students who have distinct learning differences, but despite the difference, students can learn. We just have to find the door in to the way each child's brain works. Technology is a huge game changer for these students and it is important that as educators we use them appropriately. They should not just be used to 'tame' the student who is having a meltdown, or as a 'filler' when students can't keep up with the 'mainstream' work. When used properly, technology and specifically the iPad can bridge the gaps for the students who have learning differences, and can be utilized to differentiate lessons like never before.

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Karina Barley
Karina Barley
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Karina Barley is an Australian teacher with more than 20 years of experience in both mainstream and special education schools. Her interest in autism and how to provide better educational opportunities for her students with autism led her to utilize iPads in both the curriculum and in the classroom.

Karina completed her Master in Education majoring in technology and education and also trialled the use of iPads in her classroom for an entire year. She is currently engaged in conducting professional development for teachers in both primary and secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, and also works as an autism consultant. Karina partnered with Digital Learning Tree in 2012 to develop an iPad course that focuses on how to use the iPad within the Common Core Standards.

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