Tag Archives: technology

Phoning it in: are AAC Researchers and Practitioners Keeping up to Date with Recent Research Developments?

This is a guest blog from DART collaborator Noreen Murphy.  You can find out more about Noreen’s project on AAC support and autism at this page. Technology continues to develop at a pace that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children on the autism spectrum is […]

A response to “screen based lifestyle harms children’s health”

On Christmas Day this year, multiple clinicians and academics wrote to The Guardian newspaper to express their concern about the impact of ‘screentime’ on children’s health. In this post, we will extract key phrases from the letter, which can be seen in its entirety here, and explore whether the evidence upholds the statement. In this, […]

Technology, child development and autism: part two, is technology addiction real?

So here’s the second in a series of blog posts which I’m aiming to write over a fairly condensed period of time, all drawing on recent discussions which were particularly crystallised by a pair of workshops as part of Innovative Learning Week 2016. All the posts are aiming to provide an evidence-based response to current […]

What does “evidence-based practice” mean in the world of educational technology?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed a downturn in the frequency of my posts over the past few months. The main reason for this is that I have been utterly consumed by writing an application to a large funding scheme. I asked you for support with that proposal in this recent post and was overwhelmed by the […]

Marking Time

This week I’d like to introduce a new guest blogger, Tom Pittwood from Brain in Hand. Tom is a researcher and training supporter for this company who are exploring ways to use technology, specifically mobile devices, to support independent living. Here Tom talks about his personal experiences with this technological support system. I do not […]

You’re the expert, not me

Parents of children with autism, and autistic people, often share their frustration with the claims of so-called ‘experts’. I suppose I am one of these people – an ‘autism professional’ – who purports to have some kind of insight into autism.  But of course, I don’t have anything of the sort. I am not autistic, […]

NFC, learning, and the Magic Cloud

I’m delighted to feature a guest blog today from a colleague here at Moray House School of Education, called Andrew Manches.  Andrew is a former teacher and now researcher with an interest in how children learn through physical interaction with objects including technology. Developments in digital technology give us new ways to represent, manipulate, and […]

As one door closes….

Regular readers will have seen that we have recently closed recruitment for the Click-East project, which is the study for which this website was set up.  However since starting that study I have become involved with a wider variety of research projects, as is the way for someone just beginning their first permanent University job […]

Guest Blog: using technology for sons with additional support needs

I am a Mum of six children two of them having severe and complex needs. One of my sons, is sixteen and has Tuberous Sclerosis, which presents him with mild Autism and learning difficulties, as well as a whole host of other problems and disorders. I also have an eleven year old who is also […]