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Assistive Technology Successfully Helped Students with Asperger's Syndrome

By Education Technology Insights | Monday, September 16, 2019

Some exclusive strategies help in teaching students with Asperger’s disorder, which may include alternative forms of assessment, equal opportunity, and not a guaranteed outcome. A school is not expected to lower its standards to accommodate disabled children. Instead, they need to give them a reasonable opportunity so that they can grow normally.

FREMONT, CA: The students who are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome have to go through unique challenges when they enter their schoolroom. The condition is considered to be a type of high-functioning autism that has lesser cognitive and language deficits. Most of the children with this syndrome have trouble with social interactions and are incapable of recognizing the nonverbal cues of people.

Technology is continuing to find its way into the classroom, but assistive tools have already taken their place. With little help, children with such disorder can also become successful academically and lead a healthy life. 

Social Skills Programs

The struggle for a child with Asperger’s syndrome is to overcome their failure of recognizing the nonverbal signals. The students find it challenging to maintain a good relationship with their classmates as they fail to understand them, which can be exasperating sometimes. The assistive technology can help these learners to fill in the missing gap with various programs that will educate them to recognize facial reactions and voice tones of other individuals.

Personal Organizers

A smartphone is not a luxury anymore, it has become a necessity because apart from messaging or calling, it can also be used for setting alarms and important calendar dates. The children with Asperger’s disorder often strive while remembering, planning, and executing functions. Parents and teachers can help the pupils to be independent by making use of the alarms and calendars available on the phones. The notification on the telephone will help the students to recall their homework, upcoming tests, or other important tasks.

Computers

Most of the children have different types of symptoms, but the common sign is getting easily frustrated. Students with high-functioning autism get agitated quickly as they may also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder. When teachers allow such pupils to work at computers instead of using traditional paper and pen, some of their anxiety eases down. The usage of mouse and typing while studying can also help students to build better motor skills. A child can also use the speech-to-text and text-to-speech software when necessary. 

Teachers can always offer support to students suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. They have to identify the need of the children and select an assistive technology that will truly work for them. 

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