Autism Spectrum Disorder
One of the most important changes in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School-aged children with ASD tend to have communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misreading nonverbal interactions, or having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age. In addition, people with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Here is how SmartEdPad helps in the treatment of Autism:
- Enhancing social interaction by offering a variety of social stories which are engaging for older elementary and middle-school students.
- Enhancing verbal communication by offering apps that improve verbalization, expand vocabulary, advance linguistic development and improve sentence structure and complexity.
- Enhancing nonverbal communication by offering an AAC device with layered picture icons and a keyboard..
- Cognitive development by offering apps which improve reasoning, problem-solving and executive function skills.
- Improving language development by offering apps for young students in the areas of vocabulary development, storytelling, and sequencing.
Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
SmartEdPad assists student with learning disabilities in an entertaining and assistive way because:
- Apps on reading and phonics offer excellent tools to supplement the student's reading practice and improve progress.
- Apps for math provide a variety of additional practice items for students and improve skills.
- Apps for writing provide structured and scaffolding practice in written language skills.
Language Disorders are characterized by either difficulties in understanding (receptive) or expressing (expressive) language. Language disorders are seen in a wide variety of children: children who expand their vocabulary and word usage more slowly than others, children with a genetic or birth defects affecting the neurological system, children with lower cognitive abilities, or children who suffered a head injury.
For students with Language Disorders, the SmartEdPad provides countless apps for developing
- Word usage
- Sentence structures
- Verbal grammar skills—including verb tenses
- Pragmatic (social) language skills.
Articulation Disorders are characterized by the omission, substitution or distortion of one or more speech sound(s). Articulation disorders may be a result of faulty learning, damage to the muscles or anatomical structures used to produce speech, or a neurological disease or brain damage. Speech-language pathologists may treat articulation disorders using a variety of techniques.
For students with articulation disorders, the SmartEdPad apps for articulation provide tools for the practice of speech sounds in words, phrases and sentences.