Smartphones, iPads and Tablet PCs as Cognitive-Behavioral Aids in Autism
Tony Gentry, VCU
Presenter Bio: Dr. Gentry’s career has focused on neurological rehabilitation and assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. Over the past six years, he has conducted a series of community-based research projects focused on exploring the efficacy of portable computers as cognitive aids for individuals who have autism, brain injury or multiple sclerosis. Dr. Gentry has published and spoken nationally and internationally within the disability community.
Description: Smartphones, PDAs, iPads, and tablet computers can be powerful tools for managing cognitive-behavioral challenges experienced by people with autism. They can be easily customized to support just-in-time activity cueing, task-sequencing, wayfinding, communication assistance and behavioral coaching, among other uses. This presentation examines consumer platforms, applications and strategies for implementing individualized cognitive-behavioral suites, providing real life case studies, practical examples and outcome measures to assure success.