Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children on the Autism Spectrum

Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children on the Autism Spectrum

Indexed In: INSPEC, SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 343
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5792-2
ISBN13: 9781466657922|ISBN10: 1466657928|EISBN13: 9781466657939
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Description:

More than ever, emerging technology is assisting individuals with autism in a variety of ways. However, many parents, schools, and special education professionals are not aware of the recent technological developments that are available to assist these individuals.

Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children on the Autism Spectrum brings together relevant theoretical frameworks and empirical research concerning the emerging technologies that benefit individuals living with autism. This book is an essential reference source for parents, teachers, special educators, researchers, academics, and other professionals seeking relevant information on the emerging technological advances available for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Affective Technology
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices
  • Collaborative Virtual Environment Technologies
  • ICT and Autism
  • Mobile Technology for Individuals with Autism
  • Software Designed for Individuals with Autism
  • Technology Assisted Social Communication
  • Video Modeling for Individuals with Autism
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Fifteen chapters report on research into the use of new technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders. The papers are divided equally among three sections dealing with assistive and computer technology for children with autism, single user devices for children with autism, and video and virtual-based instruction for children with autism.

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Nava R. Silton , Ph.D. is a Developmental Psychologist with a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. She is a Full Professor at Marymount Manhattan College, where she teaches classes in Child Development, Cognition, Personality, Creativity, Children’s Media and has won numerous Teaching, Research and Advising Awards. She has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop and has consulted for Disney, Netflix, Apple, Blue’s Clues & You, 9Story Media Group and The Autism Seaver Center. She also serves as a Developmental Psychologist for Gan Aliya and Manhattan Day School. She has appeared over 150 times on Fox 5 News as a Parenting and Developmental Expert, and has appeared on Good Day New York, Good Day Street Talk and NBC. Silton has written over 36 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 20 chapters, book reviews and encyclopedia entries and has edited seven full textbooks, and this is her eighth. Her first two books discuss innovative technologies for individuals with autism and other disabilities, her third delves into creativity, her fourth into family dynamics and romantic relationships, her fifth explores the constructs of happiness, gratitude, kindness, empathy and well-being, her sixth text discusses best parenting and child development practices for the 21st century, her seventh discusses the impact of COVID-19 on children, adolescents and adults and her eighth discusses the benefits of creative arts therapies for children, adolescents and adults. Silton also created The Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series ( ), which offers 18 comics (12 on disabilities and 6 on mental health disorders) and two instructional manuals for use in classrooms across the world. The disabilities-based series, which received The Reader’s Favorite Award and was a Page Turner Awardee has now been translated into Hebrew and Spanish and is currently being translated into Chinese and French, as well. Due to the popularity of The Realabilities Educational Series in the schools, Silton created Addy & Uno, The First Family Musical about Disabilities, Bullying and Kindness. Addy & Uno, which was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, ran Off-Broadway for over 18 months at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in Manhattan ( ) and is now being developed by the Jim Henson Company for TV. She also is developing another show with LeVar Burton Entertainment. In addition, Silton created a Child Development and Parenting Podcast, entitled A Cup of Java with Dr. Nava. She also created Bashert, , a brand-new card game which helps individuals connect and forge meaningful relationships with others. Finally, Nava recently penned four feature screenplays, Pure, The Prof, Jackpot and Toycoon. All four screenplays have already achieved significant recognition (Finalist, Semifinalist and Quarterfinalist designations) in over twenty screenplay contests. Most recently, Silton was identified as one of the Top 50 screenwriters on the ISA Fellowship slate. Silton is married to Dr. Ariel Brandwein and has five children; three boys and two little girls.
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