By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests.
The study compared language and social communication treatment — with or without access to an iPad computer tablet — in 61 young children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and found that the device helped boost the effect of the treatment.
“All the children improved, but they improved more if they had access to the iPad,” said Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
The children used the iPad when they were engaged in play, she said. “It focused on helping them initiate conversation, using the iPad to comment on what they were doing. The iPad worked because it is…
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