How Can Technology Help Me? - Our Technology Guide

Friday, September 28, 2012 View Comments Autism Speaks

Marc SirkinToday's "Got Questions?" answer comes from Marc Sirkin, Chief Digital Marketing Officer at Autism Speaks. 

How Can Technology Help Me and My Family?

Technology is playing a key role in changing the lives of those affected with autism. New technologies can help improve both communication and developmental skills. The mobile apps below can help develop communication, development and creativity skills. 

This section focus on "therapeutic" technologies and points to communications, self-improvement & education apps. 

If your are looking to... Then Try...

... enhance communication skills (verbal or non-verbal)...

Talk Rocket myvoiceaac.com

... get help with reading, writing or math skills try...

Panther Apps Search “Panther” in itunes

... help you follow a schedule or build a daily routine...

iPrompts handholdadaptive.com

... connect and share with other parents/caregivers, or the autism community...

My Autism Team myautismteam.com
Wrongplanet wrongplanet.net
Squag squag.com

... help with social situations...

The Social Express thesocialexpress.com

... provide structure and fun around family activities, chores, homework and more...

Chorewars chorewars.com

... improve yourself, manage anxiety or achieve a specific goal...

Superbetter superbetter.com

This section looks at "applied" technologies and is focused on helping you explore your passions more deeply. Take advantage of your strengths to focus on and explore your gifts. Who knows, those gifts could become a path for employment, self-expression and fulfillment.

If you have a passion for... Then try...
Music

Garageband apple.com/ilife/garageband
GuitarPad Search itunes for this free app!

Movies

Movie Maker windows.microsoft.com
iMovie apple.com/apps/imovie

Drawing and animation

Draw Free Search itunes for “Draw Free”
Flip Boom Lite toonboom.com
Toontastic launchpadtoys.com/toontastic

Inventing thing

MAKE makezine.com
Arduino arduino.cc
Snap Circuits snapcircuits.net

Science

Check out Dr. Mad Science and create your own experiments doctormadscience.com

Gaming

Gamestar Mechanic gamestarmechanic.com
nonPareil npitx.org
Exceptional Minds exceptionalmindsstudio.org

Robots

LEGO Mindstorms mindstorms.lego.com
Popchilla popchillasworld.com
Romibo romibo.org

For more, visit autismspeaks.org/autism-apps or HackingAutism.org.

If you're in New York City this weekend, visit the Maker Faire! The Hacking Autism speech will be Sunday at 5:15pm. You can download the handout here