Assessment of Apps Aimed at Developing Basic Instrumental Skills in Autistic Children and Teenagers
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AuthorGallardo Montes, Carmen del Pilar; Caurcel Cara, María Jesús; Crisol Moya, Emilio; Jarque Fernández, Sonia
AutismSpecial educationICTEducational technologyMobile educational servicesComputer applicationsAppsAssessmentEducational indicatorsMeasuring instruments
Gallardo-Montes, C.d.P.; Caurcel Cara, M.J.; Crisol Moya, E.; Jarque Fernández, S. Assessment of Apps Aimed at Developing Basic Instrumental Skills in Autistic Children and Teenagers. Mathematics 2021, 9, 1032. https://doi.org/10.3390/ math9091032
SponsorshipUniversity of Granada and Spanish Ministry of Education, Innovation, and Universities (aid for university teacher training (FPU19/00026))
It is crucial for families and professionals to promote basic instrumental skills in children with autism, as these skills can help with comprehensive growth and development, and are a starting point in acquiring the essential tools needed for one to live an independent and successful life, These skills include oral language, reading, writing, and mathematics. Therefore, given that ICT and mobile applications (apps) are effective tools that offer suitable content, and are designed exclusively for people with this disorder, working on these skills with apps is an interesting option that is worthy of our attention. We analyzed 88 apps that focused on these skills, through a duly validated system of indicators, calculating frequencies, percentages, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and non-parametric contrast statistics. The app search was carried out in the Google Play Store, with the keyword “autism”, in English and in Spanish. Most of the apps focused on aspects linked to oral language and reading, but few were aimed at reading and mathematics. In addition to the apps’ lack of specialization in the last two skills, the vast majority did not specify the age group for which their content was intended.