Webinar: Assistive Technology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Program Description

Autism AwarenessRecorded: January 25, 2022 – Autism looks different in every diagnosed individual and there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions to overcome the challenges that can come with the diagnosis. A wide variety of technology is available to increase independence and assist individuals in achieving a higher quality of life. The problems many people face is knowing what tools are available and choosing the correct technology or tools to meet the needs of the individual.

In this webinar we provide an overview of assistive technology (AT) devices and services that can be used to overcome challenges in communication, socialization, sensory processing and other areas to increase independence. We will discuss how to select appropriate AT and resources to assist you in this process.

Participants will learn:

  • What apps and technology are currently available to overcome specific challenges.
  • How to identify appropriate AT devices and services.
  • Where to find resources and support.

Presenter

Jessi Wright – Director of Maine CITE – Jessi Wright is an assistive technology professional (ATP) overseeing Maine CITE, the state assistive technology program in Maine. She has worked in the disability field for over 15 years in various capacities around the country including residential programs, providing autism services, teaching in special education, university disability services, and working closely with vocational rehabilitation.

Resources

Resources discussed in webinar:

Wobble seats and cushions

Foot bands

Vibrating devices

Weighted items

Tactile Solutions

Controlling Sounds

Sensory swings

Lighting

Communication

There are many ways to communicate. We are all communicating all of the time, the problems arise when we are not speaking the same language. When working on communication, it is important to work with a speech and language pathologist (SLP). A full communication assessment will help begin the communication journey at an appropriate point. If your SLP is unfamiliar with communication assessments for those in need of alternative forms of communication, refer them to the communication matrix. This will walk them through assessing where the individual is currently sitting on the communication spectrum. Use this link for more information about Communication Matrix

Lighted Gel Pad Sensory Board – Link for directions to make your own – PDF

PECS

  • For comprehensive information on PECS, visit com

Low-tech, static display

High-tech, dynamic display

Apps of Autism – Apps as AT – revised 1/24/2022

Maine CITE Demonstration Loan program – AT4Maine

Rev: 1/26/2022