From communicating with friends on the other side of the country, to just getting to work, technology makes everything easier. But technology is not only making our lives simpler, it’s making them better — especially for those on the autism spectrum. For people with autism and Asperger’s technology has the ability to:
Increase their verbal skills.
While we all know the app store is filled with a plethora of games and activities, it’s also home to some incredibly educational programs. For people working to improve their verbal skills, apps like “Elevate – Brain Training” and “Pocket Verbal Ability” can help them to customize a learning curriculum that works best for them.
Improve their cognitive function.
People with autism and Asperger’s often learn differently than those without ASD. If a person with autism is having difficulty sitting, listening, and comprehending a lecture, technology can be used to help them better understand what they’re learning. “Our students learn by doing, experiencing and constructing rather than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher,” Ellis Crasnow, director of the STEM Academy, said.
Provide them with more work from home opportunities.
Often times, people on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty working in large groups, or understanding social cues. Despite being qualified for the job, this can make it difficult for them to succeed in a career. Some people with autism and Asperger’s are also not able to drive, which in the past has made it difficult for them to have a job. But thanks to the internet, it’s possible for people to work from virtually anywhere in the world. Someone who prefers to work alone or doesn’t have the means to drive can now contribute from the comfort of their home.
Are you or someone you know looking to find your path on the way to success while having a learning disability? Debra Solomon of Spectrum Strategies helps young adults with autism and other learning disabilities identify their strengths and weaknesses to help find a job that best fits them!