Autism Apps — Worth a Look

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I’ll be teaching a grad course on communication for students with autism this fall — Dr. Mom is feeling a little challenged here, but in a good way. My research has of course contained a bit of app searching, and I came across one that I really liked, though I think the name — “Autism Apps” — may discourage those of us who are not specifically searching autism. Me, I’m thinking about autism big time right now, but in real life, Down syndrome and intellectual disability are #1 on my hit parade because of my son Nic — just to go all mom on ‘ya for a moment. (I’ve actually never checked to see if there’s an app with Down syndrome in the title…would that be weird?)

Anyway, Autism Apps is not a bad little freebie app. Good search tool, with links to app info and App Store. Wish they’d called it something else though, because there’s good stuff on there for kids without autism too.

But then, what WOULD you call it?

Dr. Mom Finds Happiness at National Down Syndrome Congress 2012

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I don’t know if I heard a word anyone said at this year’s National Down Syndrome Congress Conference until after I presented a session with two friends on Saturday afternoon. BUT after the butterflies vacated my stomach, after the adrenaline rush from presenting had subsided, Sunday provided some nice app surprises.

Dr. Sean Smith of the University of Kansas did a great presentation on apps for children with disabilities, including, especially, but not limited to Down syndrome. I jumped on to his wiki to find all sorts of great app info and you should too, but there seems to be a need for Flash to open it.

So thing one: Dr. Smith’s wiki is found at dscongress.wikispaces.com.
Thing two: if you can’t get it on Safari, make a quick stop at the AppStore and download Photon, an app that will let you view items using Flash.

So, did you find anything good? I did. More to come…