Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Gail Bass


Autistic Disorder -- rehabilitation; Child; Self-Help Devices


According to information from the Center for Disease Control Prevention (2007) it is estimated that autism affects 1 in 150 births. The Autism Society of America (2007) reports that the prevalence of autism is expected to increase by 10-17 % per year. It has been shown through research that assistive technology can benefit or increase performance in children with autism spectrum disorder. It also can address performance areas limited in children with autism, such as communication, cognition, self-care, leisure, social/play, productivity, and sensorimotor (Reed, 2002). Assistive technology can aid these children in various contexts such as school, home, and play. There is a lack of knowledge among entry-level professionals and educators in regards to implementing assistive technology devices ((Bryant, Erin, Lock, Allan, & Resta, 1998; Long& Perry, 2006; Long, Woolverton, Perry, & Thomas, 2007)

A literature review was conducted in order to obtain an overview of autism, assistive technology used for children with autism, and what the need is for training in assistive technology. An inservice was developed based on the findings from the literature review. The inservice is intended to provide an overview of autism, assistive technology and the specific assistive devices used for children with autism.

This inservice is designed for entry-level occupational therapists, physical therapists and educators who are working with children with autism. It is intended to be three hours in duration, and be presented by an occupational therapist who has knowledge about autism and assistive technology. All materials needed for the instructor as well as the participants are included in the product.