Assistive Technology Devices for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools
AAC provides an alternative channel for persons who are non-verbal to communicate.
AAC tools cover a wide spectrum of devices, ranging from low tech, such as communication books, and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), to high tech, such as communication software on smart phone.
Communication software are widely available as mobile apps, but standalone and usually ruggedized devices are also available for better durability and usability.
In addition, communication tools can be combined with alternative access solutions such as eye gazing or facial mouse for persons with limited physical mobility.
Satellite navigation system locators
Satellite navigation system locators such as Global Positioning System (GPS) use satellites to determine the location of an electronic receiver carried by a person. This allows caregivers to keep track of their care recipients' whereabouts. It also alerts caregivers when their care recipients veer outside of their geo-fenced area.
The receiver or tracking device comes in various forms depending on the needs and preferences of the user and/ or caregiver, ranging from watches to insoles. Such tracking devices are usually monitored from a mobile app on a smart device.
The Tech Able Web App provides more information about Assistive Technology (AT) devices that may suit persons with ASD and their caregivers. Users who are interested to purchase or find out more about the AT device may contact the vendors directly. Vendors’ details are listed within.