Mobile Technologies as Cognitive – Behavioral Aids for People With Autism

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Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L FAOTA is an associate professor in the occupational therapy department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA. A graduate of Harvard College (BA), New York University (MA OT) and the University of Virginia (PhD), Dr. Gentry is a specialist in neurological rehabilitation whose research career has focused on assistive technology for cognition. He is the director of the Assistive Technology for Cognition laboratory at VCU, which conducts research into the development and utilization of smart homes, electronic cognitive aids, computer games and applications to support individuals with brain injury, autism and other neurological conditions. Dr. Gentry is on the full-time faculty of VCU’s occupational therapy department, where he teaches courses in adult physical disability and assistive technology.

Handheld computers and smart phones can serve as invaluable tools for increasing the functional independence of many people with autism, assisting with memory, task-sequencing, behavioral adaptation, and social integration. In this webinar, Professor Tony Gentry will discuss strategies for using these tools based on his 20-year career as director of the Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory at VCU.

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