Smartphone Technology and ASD

With the smartphone revolution, technology and the world of ASD have gone far beyond traditional assistive devices and programs. While keyboarding skills, adaptive programs, and traditional augmentative communication systems are powerful and useful tools for those with ASD, smartphones offer an entirely different level of sophistication, and let's face it, and entirely new level of 'cool' for users. No longer forced to use large, heavy Voice Output Communication Aides, or VOCAs, individuals with ASD can use the same technology to communicate and interact as their friends and neighbors use to make phone calls, surf the web, and send text messages.

Smartphones can assist individuals with ASD beyond just communication. App technology can assist individuals with ASD with organization, academic skills, job skills, social skills, behavior management, self-regulation, and more. App technology has begun to embrace a wider world by assisting individuals with ASD as they go through school, enter the workforce, and engage in more complex and sophisticated relationships. App technology changes on a near daily basis and it is difficult to keep up with the constantly evolving field of smartphone technology and ASD.

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Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Director, Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory
Department of Occupational Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University
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