Autism and Computers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism can often have accompanying learning disabilities.

Asperger’s syndrome is a condition at the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum.  People with Asperger’s syndrome do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism.

While the Autistic Spectrum is very broad continuum, presenting a wide range of difficulties and needs, the computer can be helpful in a number of areas. Anecdotally, those supporting individuals with Autism often report the positive affect it can have on motivation, concentration and interaction.

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