The course will cover the following areas:
- What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual (or learning) Disability (ID)?
● How can technology best support children with ASD and ID?
● How to choose the most appropriate technology to support children with ASD and ID.
● SMART-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology – how recommendations can be made, specific to each child.Professor Mark Brosnan, Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research, University of Bath, commented: “The online course is ideal for anyone who has a family member with autism or works with someone with autism – whatever the level of prior experience. The issue today is not the lack of digital technologies offering support for autistic people, but how to find the best match between the person’s needs and capabilities with the available technological solutions. As a colleague with an autistic daughter said ‘a child with autism only has one childhood’, which highlights the need to identify the most appropriate technologies for each child. The project is an international collaboration with researcher Gerardo Herrera from the University of Valencia being funded by ERASMUS+ and will be made available in more languages in the near future.”
Nigel Smith, Head of Content at FutureLearn, said: “We’re very proud to be working with the University of Bath on such an important initiative. There is increasing research and interest about how technology can help individuals with autism so we’re delighted to provide the technology platform to help carers, teachers, and parents to find out about this latest thinking, to learn how to recognise the signs of autism and to get advice and insights about the solutions out there. And we also hope that the social element of our platform creates a supportive environment where learners can share and learn from each other’s experiences.”