Effectiveness of the Use of iPads to Enhance Communication and Learning for Students with Autism: A Systematic Review

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By bhadmin February 2, 2021

This systematic review of the literature investigated the use of iPads in the classroom to facilitate communication between teachers and students with autism, including those who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The primary intention of this review was to identify and inform evidence-based practices in the use of iPad-based instruction in one-on-one and group interventions in schools. The review included 14 studies published between 2011 and 2015, covering two domains: communication and academic engagement skill development. The 14 studies included a total of 40 participants, ranging from 3 to 17 years of age and having a diagnosis of autism. Results of this review were largely supportive, indicating the usefulness of iPads as an effective communication and educational tool for teaching requesting skills and enhancing academic engagement in both literacy and math. Implications and suggestions for future research were addressed.

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