Recent Advances in Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Developmental Disorders

Recent Advances in Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Developmental Disorders

Nava R. Silton (Marymount Manhattan College, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: May, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 424
ISBN13: 9781466683952|ISBN10: 1466683953|EISBN13: 9781466683969|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8395-2


The greatest advantage of modern technology is its ability to improve the lives of all. In particular, new technologies have the potential to greatly mitigate cognitive, motor, and social impairments stemming from genetic or environmental factors.

Recent Advances in Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Developmental Disorders raises awareness of disabled children and what can be done to help them grow and develop alongside their peers. Bringing together personal experiences with academic investigation, this book is an essential reference for doctors, pediatricians, pre- and primary school educators, and scientists working to enhance the impact assistive technologies have on the youngest members of society.

Topics Covered

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

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Computer-Mediated Interventions
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Telehealth Technologies
  • Virtual Worlds

Reviews and Testimonials

Developmental psychologists and other specialists in developmental disorders contribute to a second collection of studies on how electronic technology can help children with developmental disorders interact more fully with the world. Among the topics are implementing iPad and mobile technologies for students with intellectual disabilities, mobile technologies for students at risk or identified with behavioral disorders within school-based contexts, selecting computer-mediated interventions to support the social and emotional development of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, improving students' academic learning by helping them access text, and using technology to support social competence.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nava R. Silton, a developmental psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Workshop, and Mediakidz. She has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Fordham University, Hunter College, Touro College and is now relishing her time at Marymount Manhattan College. She was a Postdoctoral Templeton Fellow at the Spears Research Institute from 2009-2010, and has consulted on projects conducted by the Autism Seaver Center, by Sesame Street Workshop, and Netflix. Silton’s primary research interests include determining how to: (1) Enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children with disabilities, (2) Teach social-emotional and cognitive skills to children with disabilities, and (3) Harness Assistive Technology to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Nava published her most recent peer-reviewed articles and texts in the area of increasing typical children’s knowledge and sensitivity towards individuals with disabilities and in evaluating Assistive Technology for individuals with disabilities. Nava published her first book: Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children with Autism in March 2014 and is now preparing her third book: Exploring the Benefits of Creativity in Business, Media and the Arts (June 2016). She is currently testing her television show and graphic novel series, Realabilities in the schools. Much of her work focuses on disability awareness via programming and on promoting a stop bullying platform in the schools. Additionally, Nava is a Psychology point person for Fox 5 News and NBC News. Silton is also a weekly coach for Special Olympics Gymnastics, helps run Jewish learning and visiting the sick programs, and chairs a variety of fundraising initiatives in Manhattan. Nava is married to Dr. Ariel Brandwein, a Pediatric ICU fellow at LIJ Medical Center, and is the proud mother of two wonderful little guys, Judah and Jonah Brandwein.