Technologies to enhance communication for persons with autism spectrum disorder

Song, Helena and Brownlow, Charlotte (2015) Technologies to enhance communication for persons with autism spectrum disorder. In: The SAGE encyclopedia of educational technology. Sage Publications, Thousands Oaks, California, pp. 738-739. ISBN 9781452258225

Abstract

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, categorizes the challenges faced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as focusing
on two domains: (1) impaired social communication and interaction and (2) restricted, repetitive behaviors and fixed interests. Such challenges have far-reaching implications for the ways that individuals with ASD interact within their social, educational,
professional, and personal environments. Additionally, people with ASD have been considered to have difficulties with executive functioning, or the organizational aspects
of cognition. Such challenges may mean that areas such as problem solving, planning, and working memory are negatively affected in people with ASD. The possibilities
afforded by emerging advance technologies and social media provide a crucial tool in the living and sharing of experiences and understandings of people with ASD that
would not have been possible previously. Similarly, technology may provide a mechanism through which to manage some of the challenges posed by differences in executive functioning. Technology can therefore potentially act as both a mediator of communication and a tool for intervention and strategies to promote the development of
self-management.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 04:53
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 00:39
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4135/9781483346397
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27980

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