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Using a Handheld Computer as a Cognitive-Behavioral Tool

Apple's iPod touch and iPad, and the growing catalog of Android and Microsoft tablets are remarkably versatile and agile tools that have taken the consumer world by storm. Within the disability community, it has become clear that these devices can be readily customized and adapted to address cognitive-behavioral challenges. Because they are so portable, they can be used as behavioral supports at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Because these devices can do so much, it can be challenging to figure out what to do first. The following guidelines are based on a decade of community-based PDA research in VCU's Assistive Technology for Cognition laboratory. They are not intended as strict rules but as suggestions for ways to get the most from these products.

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