Autism Spectrum Australia

Using iPads to help children

  • Posted: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:27pm

Aspect is offering its first-ever Model Class Workshop on Autism and iPad Pedagogy, showcasing the use of the iPad for children on the spectrum and other disabilities. 


With 1 in 100 children estimated to be on the autism spectrum, teachers and educational professionals have all come across someone on the spectrum in their classroom. As anyone who has worked with children on the spectrum would know, students on the spectrum experience a wide range of fluctuating emotional, academic and behavioural needs every day. With the introduction of the iPad, many educators of students on the spectrum have discovered an incredibly powerful tool to assist in accommodating these evolving student needs.

Craig Smith is leading this workshop at the Aspect Hunter School where he will showcase a range of creative iPad lessons, behavioural interventions and innovative accessibility features that will change the way people approach the iPad in the education of children and young people on the spectrum.

The workshop is mainly focused on using the iPad in Primary classrooms for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, but also touches on using iPads in an early childhood setting and in high schools. Attendees will come away with lesson plans, practical examples and additional resources.

The workshop will be held on 25 March in Thornton, from 9:30 am-4:00pm. To register or find out more visit the Aspect website or email Kerry Ritzrow on The workshop will be held again in the Hunter in August 2015.

Read Craig's latest guest blog about working with children on the spectrum using Minecraft here.


Using iPads to help children