Studying the Effects of Mobile Devices on Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Literature Review

Mohammad Al-Rashaida, Imanol Amayra, Juan Francisco López-Paz, Oscar Martínez, Esther Lázaro, Sarah Berrocoso, Maitane García, Manuel Pérez, Alicia Aurora Rodríguez, Paula María Luna, Paula Pérez-Núñez, Patricia Caballero

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Abstract

We conducted a systematic review of studies on mobile devices, including tablets, iPads, and smartphones, in teaching programs for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We conducted a search of the electronic databases (period 2002–2019) supplemented by a search for additional relevant articles by means of cross-referencing. In total, 24 studies were selected, reporting outcomes for 60 participants who ranged from 2 to 5 years old. The study findings were largely positive, suggesting that mobile devices are viable technological aids for preschool children with ASD. The studies reviewed suggest that mobile devices can be successfully utilized in educational programs targeting communication, academic, and social skills. Implications for practice and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-415
Number of pages16
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Mobile technology
  • Tablets
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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