Tech improves lives of kids with autism, helps them learn

Parents and experts say more can be done in areas such as employment opportunities, therapy and integration

Earlier this year, various special education schools also announced technology-related curricula such as coding and digital skills lessons.
Earlier this year, various special education schools also announced technology-related curricula such as coding and digital skills lessons.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Technology has helped improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their caregivers, with parents fretting less when their children are out alone and the children learning with greater independence from online platforms.

Housewife Lim Sook Wei, 48, says she now has peace of mind when her son Hugh Lee, 12, travels on his own in a cab or bus, as a location app on their smartphones will tell her where he is and she can make a video call to him to confirm he is safe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2019, with the headline 'Tech improves lives of kids with autism, helps them learn'. Subscribe