There is no doubt that technology has completely changed our world. It has given us unlimited access to information and communication while removing the need for physical, social interaction. Technology has helped kids with Autism learn and develop skills like never before. However, it has also shown to have negative effects. Kids with Autism reap both, the benefits and pitfalls of technology.
Benefits of Technology for Kids With Autism
A child with Autism can use handheld devices, such as tablets, with ease. Since they are flexible and portable, kids can carry them wherever they go.
Touchscreens are much more accessible to those with Autism than a keyboard. Tapping and sliding motions are easier than typing on a keyboard.
Using tablets improve non verbal communication with others. Handwriting is a challenging motor skill for Autistic children. By using a tablet or phone, they can engage in written communications such as texting and email.
Encourages Visual Learning
Many of those with Autism are visual, literal thinkers. They retain more information when they are presented with graphic images and words. Computer graphics can be used to teach children with Autism visually.
Pitfalls of Technology for Kids With Autism
Autistic children are particularly attracted to screen-based technology such a phones or tablets. They are prone to developing an addiction to the technology with smaller amounts of exposure than the average child.
There is a lack of melatonin (which helps regulate sleep) in children with Autism. Screen time suppresses melatonin even more, disrupting sleep.
Impairs Social Skills
Children with Autism do not have fully functioning social skills such as eye contact, reading facial expressions and body language, and empathy. Screen time hinders the development of these same skills.
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