Parents of children with autism, and autistic people, often share their frustration with the claims of so-called ‘experts’. I suppose I am one of these people – an ‘autism professional’ – who purports to have some kind of insight into autism.
I’ve been a researcher working with people with autism for a decade now and in that time I’ve worked with adults, adolescents, young children and their parents, teachers, clinicians and other members of what I often refer to as “the autism community”.
Another five app reviews for the last month: these are AutisMate, Injini, Thomas the Tank Engine Game Pack, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and all the apps in the iHelp range (there are about fourteen currently available).
My latest app review is a slightly different format where I’m making a direct comparison between 6 apps for roughly the same purpose. All of these allow the user to touch symbols on the screen, producing audio from the iPad, as a method of communication.
Here we go with another six app reviews: I’ve tried to go beyond my usual pre-school remit but it seems that there are far fewer apps out there being targeted for older children, adolescents and adults with autism.
Recently I had the great pleasure of attending the Meeting of Minds IV conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. I really enjoyed the conference, which had an admirable focus on looking at autism across the whole lifespan, and some excellent speakers including Pat Howlin, Liz Pellicano and Richard Mills.
The time has come when I am beginning to turn my attention to thinking about what projects I’ll be engaged in after the Click-East study comes to an end in July 2013.