World Autism Day
Today, April 2, is World Autism Day. To celebrate we are sharing fun facts about autism and examples of tools autistic people use.
Strengths of Autism
Autistic people have many strengths. You might be good at paying attention to details or recognizing patterns. Many people with autism have a strong sense of justice. They also know a lot about the topics they study!
What else are you, or your autistic friends, good at?
Having the right tools helps us succeed. Assistive technology lets me understand my environment, express myself, or regulate my body and my feelings. It lets me be more independent!
Organizing and Understanding
Do you use any apps to organize your day? Write notes, set reminders and alarms, and create visual schedules. There are special apps for specific tasks, like grocery and meal planning.
Assistive technology doesn’t have to be high-tech. Some people prefer making their schedule on paper or hanging pictures to label important things in their environment.
Lots of people with autism use technology to communicate. This technology is called AAC. Some AAC users also speak verbally and some don’t. Both are great! There are lots of options to find the communication solution that will work best for you.
Autism can make it feel like your body is not getting the right amount of information. The room might be too loud or too bright. Tools like headphones and sunglasses can help.
Other great sensory tools include fidget toys and weighted blankets. Sometimes mindfulness or breathing exercises help. There’s an app for that, too!
If you would like to learn more about any of the assistive technology mentioned above, contact TechOWL! We are happy to answer questions and provide demonstrations.