ERIC Number: EJ1070524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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Reference Count: 33
Professional and Parental Attitudes toward iPad Application Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Clark, Megan L. E.; Austin, David W.; Craike, Melinda J.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v30 n3 p174-181 Sep 2015
This study explored the attitudes of parents and professionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) toward the utilization of iPads and use of iPad applications by children with ASD. A survey of parents (n = 90) and professionals (n = 31) assessed information and communication technology (ICT) anxiety and self-efficacy, attitude toward ICT and iPad applications, and iPad utilization. Both parents and professionals held positive attitudes toward ICT and iPad use for children with ASD. Parents reported high use of iPads by their children, and professionals reported some, albeit limited, utilization as part of their practice. These findings suggest that iPad applications are not being used by professionals to a degree that is consistent with their favorable attitudes toward them. iPad use has been enthusiastically adopted by many parents; however, there appears a need for training in their use and research to establish an evidence base.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Professional Personnel, Surveys, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Anxiety, Self Efficacy, Positive Attitudes, Children, Educational Technology, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Computer Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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