Friday, May 6, 2016

Smart Technologies for Persons with Autism or Cognitive-Behavior Challenges

June 13, 2016

Shodair Children’s Hospital
2755 Colonial Drive  Helena

This workshop will focus on using mobile devices as cognitive‐behavioral and learning supports for students with autism, at home, at school, and in the community. We will discuss the HAAT model and positive behavioral supports facilitated by mobile apps as part of a larger exploration of current hardware and accessibility solutions. 

Then attendees will be loaned Apple iOS devices loaded with appropriate applications to use during the workshop. We will practice using accessibility settings, Bluetooth switches and other peripherals for students with sensorimotor impairments, and then address challenges to time management, task‐sequencing, wayfinding, behavior, and social skills. 

Using case studies drawn from extensive experience working directly with these tools among young people with autism, we will problem‐solve mobile technology solutions for these challenges, along with person tracking, augmentative communication, medication routines, and anxiety. We will explore strategies for leveraging these solutions to transition planning. The workshop will be experiential, and attendees will have opportunities to practice with the recommended apps, solve problems from their own cases, and develop stepwise strategies for implementing these solutions.

There is NO COST for this workshop. If you have your own device, please bring. There will be devices provided for those who need them.

Course ID – 6463