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  • 1. iPads,  Apps  and     Kids  with  Autism   Barbara  Klipper   Barbaraklipper.librarian@gmail.com   ALA  Annual  2014,  Las  Vegas  
  • 2. A  little  about  Kids  with  Autism:  
  • 3.                 1.  Visuals   2.  Social  supports   3.  Speech-­‐generating   4.  Child-­‐specific   5.  Consistent   6.  Sensory-­‐friendly   7.  Ease  of  use     iPads  and  apps  address  all  of  these   aspects  of  autism  (and  more):  
  • 4.   1.  2010  University  of  Toronto  case  study   2.  2013  Autism  Speaks-­‐funded  study  (at   Vanderbilt,  UCLA  and  Johns  Hopkins)     3.  LSTA-­‐funded  study  conducted  by  librarian   Amy  Price  at  Oakstone  Academy  in  Ohio     Studies  have  proven  the  benefits:  
  • 5. But…   Many  families  want  one:  
  • 6. For  example:   Autism  Cares  2012  iPad  Grants    Gave  831  iPads  to  families  around  the  country         But,  they  received  over                                            applications   One  Solution   iPad  giveaway  programs:  
  • 7. Leila  and  Owen  with  their  iPads:  
  • 8.        They  have  libraries  (hopefully)                    What  have  libraries  done  and  what  can   they  do??   What  about  the  other   9,169  children??    
  • 9. For  example:                               The  Ferguson  Library,  Stamford,  CT     “Closing  the  App  Gap”  grant     Offer  apps  at  the  library:  
  • 10.   http://www.farmingdalelibrary.org/ appsforautismbrochure.pdf   Farmingdale,  NY       http://www.bedfordlibrary.net/collections/ ipad.pdf   Bedford,  MA     Provide  annotated  lists  of  apps:  
  • 11. Include  criteria  for  selecting       autism-­‐appropriate  apps                                                         http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/  article/ apps-­‐and-­‐autism     Write  a  informational  brochure   for  parents:  
  • 12. Host  a  parent  training  program:   •  Introduce  iPad  Features     •  Demo  cool  apps  
  • 13. For  example:                    Digital  Sensory  Storytime                                                                   Use  apps  in  kids’  programming:  
  • 14.   Why  Use  eBooks?  
  • 15.   Ruby  Cube  apps   http://rubycubeapps.com/demo.html           Put  it  Away   http://put-­‐it-­‐away.leehsueh.com             A  couple  of  interesting  apps   for  older  kids  with  autism:  
  • 16. Thanks,  Tess!!!                                                                                                                                    I’m  sorry  that  my  Caldecott                                                                                                                  commitment  kept  me  from                                                                                                                    being  with  you  all  this                                                                                                                    morning.             Please  contact  me  with  questions:   barbaraklipper.librarian@gmail.com   Barbara Klipper
  • 17. Want  More  About  Autism?   Look  for  Barbara’s  book.   Available  here  at  the   ALA  Store.