Autism Journal Club

An international survey of parental attitudes to technology use by autistic children at home

Maggi Laurie will talk about her latest research with Sue Fletcher-Watson and other colleagues on technology for use by autistic children, which utilised an international survey of over 400 parents from the UK, Spain and Belgium. The findings included " a comparable pattern of access and usage across age groups, though higher reading and language ability was linked to use of more devices and interfaces. Reported worries about technology correlated with longer time spent using technology. Autistic children use mainstream technologies for a broad range of recreational uses. The data suggest that technologies developed with therapeutic goals in mind may need to achieve a high standard of design to engage users."