Technology Tools for Students with Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning

Volume Editors: Katharina I. Boser Ph.D., Matthew S. Goodwin Ph.D., Sarah C. Wayland Ph.D.; Foreword Authors: John Elder Robison, Geraldine Dawson Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 376 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598572629
Price: $39.95

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Technology holds great promise for helping students with autism learn, communicate, and function effectively in the modern world. Start leveraging that power today with this forward-thinking book, your in-depth guided tour of technologies that support learners with autism and help them fully participate in their classroom and community. You'll learn about readily available technologies you can use right now—from apps to video modeling—and explore next-wave innovations that will help shape the future of autism intervention, such as therapeutic robots and advanced virtual reality technologies. You'll also get critical guidance on how to select the appropriate technology for your needs, weave technology into a universal design for learning framework, and conduct effective professional development so teachers make the most of new tools and strategies.

  • support the overall learning of children on the autism spectrum
  • teach social skills and support emotion regulation through independent data collection
  • develop executive function strategies and improve flexibility, memory, and transitions
  • boost literacy and language skills
  • support young adults' transition to the workplace
  • make data collection and program evaluation more effective and efficient
  • strengthen teacher training programs
  • enhance use of evidence-based practices
Explore the benefits of technologies like
  • apps for education, communication, behavior regulation, and more
  • video modeling
  • language processing software
  • customized digital stories and book creator apps
  • element cue supports
  • emotional regulation and sensing technologies
  • interactive learning software to improve feedback and metacognition
  • visualization and mind mapping apps
  • text-to-speech and speech to text software
  • e-readers and tablets with integrated multimedia (e.g., cameras, microphones, etc.)
  • electronic data collection forms for use with handheld devices
  • and more


Review by: Sven Bolte, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Science, Director of the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (KIND)
“Simply great! This first textbook on the assistive technologies belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in autism.”
Review by: David Rose, Chief Education Officer, CAST
“Rich with not only the power of technology but also the voices of individuals with autism, in all their variety . . . The authors of this book highlight the power of new technologies not only to transform the lives of individuals with autism, but also to transform the environments in which they will live and learn.”
Review by: James Basham, University of Kansas
“Provides a comprehensive foundational understanding as well as practical technology solutions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) . . . a necessary read for higher education faculty, teachers, parents, and related professionals who work with individuals diagnosed with ASD.”
Review by: Portia Iversen, co-founder, Cure Autism Now foundation (CAN) and the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE)
“Created by an outstanding team of experts, this much-needed collection of information on the uses of technology for individuals with autism will be welcomed by families and educators everywhere.”
Review by: Rich Weinfeld, Director, Weinfeld Education Group, co-author of 5 books about student with special needs including, 'Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties'
“This outstanding resource is sure to be part of teacher preparation and ongoing professional development for many years to come.”
Review by: Kathleen Quill, Autism Institute
“I am in awe of this profoundly important body of work. Technology is revolutionizing the lives of all individuals with autism. This book will accelerate their access to state-of-the-art resources.”
Review by: Peter Leone, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland
“A cutting-edge text that examines the potential for technology to transform learning experiences and communication for youth with disabilities and their families.”
Review by: Pat Mirenda, University of British Columbia
“Covers the range of technology use for individuals with autism . . .The authors have done a real service by consolidating this information into one volume that is both readable and research-based.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Foreword: John Elder Robison
Foreword: Geraldine Dawson
Perspectives from an Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Stephen Shore

I. Overview: Policy, Research, and Implementation Support
Katharina I. Boser
  1. What Is Driving Innovative and Assistive Technology Solutions in Autism Services?
    Tracy Gray and Alise Brann
  2. Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the Needs of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Yvonne Domings, Yvel Cornel Crevecoeur, and Patricia Kelly Ralabate
II. Classroom Tools
Katharina I. Boser
  1. Classroom-Based Technology Tools
    Christopher R. Bugaj, Melissa A. Hartman, andMark E. Nichols
  2. Using Virtual Reality Technology to Supportthe Learning of Children on the Autism Spectrum
    Sarah Parsons, Nigel Newbutt, and Simon Wallace
  3. Using Therapeutic Robots to Teach Students withAutism in the Classroom: Exploring Research and Innovation
    Katharina I. Boser, Corinna E. Lathan, Charlotte Safos, RitaShewbridge, Carole Samango-Sprouse, and Marek Michalowski
III. Language Tools
Sarah C. Wayland
  1. Language Software for Teaching Semantics,Grammar, and Pragmatics to Students with Autism
    Katharine P. Beals and Felicia Hurewitz
  2. Mobile Media Devices: A Paradigm Shift in CommunicationTechnology for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Jessica Gosnell Caron and Howard C. Shane
  3. Technology to Support Literacy in Autism
    Sarah C. Wayland, Katharina I. Boser, and Joan L. Green
IV. Social Skills and Emotion-Regulation Management Tools
Matthew S. Goodwin
  1. Using New Technology to Teach Emotion Recognition to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Simon Baron-Cohen, Ofer Golan, and Emma Ashwin
  2. Incorporating Technology into Peer Social Group Programs
    Andrea Tartaro and Corina Ratz
  3. Technologies to Support Interventions for Social-EmotionalIntelligence, Self-Awareness, Personal Style, and Self-Regulation
    Dorothy Lucci, Minna Levine, Kelley Challen-Wittmer, and Donald Scott McLeod
V. Data-Collection Tools
Matthew S. Goodwin
  1. No More Clipboards! Mobile Electronic Solutions for Data Collection, Behavior Analysis, and Self-Management Interventions
    Minna Levine
  2. Tools to Support Simplified Capture of Activities in Natural Environments
    Gregory D. Abowd, Julie A. Kientz, Gillian R. Hayes, Rosa I. Arriaga, and Nazneen
VI. Teacher Training and Practical Implementation
Sarah C. Wayland
  1. Racing Through the Professional-Development Obstacle Course
    Christopher R. Bugaj, Melissa A. Hartman, and Mark E. Nichols
  2. Using Distance Learning Technology to Increase Disseminationof Evidence-Based Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Brooke Ingersoll and Allison Wainer
  3. Bringing a School up to Speed: Experiences and Recommendations for Technology Implementation
    Monica Adler Werner, Kathryn Nagle, Chris Bendel, and Bonnie Beers
VII. Adult Transition to the Workplace
Katharina I. Boser
  1. Using Mobile Technologies to Support Students inWork-Transition Programs
    Gillian R. Hayes, Michael T. Yeganyan, Jed R. Brubaker,Linda J. O'Neal, and Stephen W. Hosaflook

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