Thursday, February 16, 2012

Apps-omania! Where do we go from here?

First of all, my bias is that apps for iPad and other platforms are probably going to prove a great benefit for people with special needs.  Unfortunately, the technology is so new and expanding so rapidly, there is virtually no research to draw upon for evidence-based practice.

Some initial research has already cautioned us that many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are drawn to iPad and iPad-like technology, but that they spend the majority of time using non-social apps.  

CIO magazine  has a story that points out the lack of research and expertise behind many of the apps aimed at people with ASD.  I think that we will really need to pursue research in the area of music apps for use in music therapy.  Many music therapists have found them very useful, but perhaps we can develop some guidelines for their use?  

Maybe the music therapy research journals need to also include a tech review section in their publications every issue?  What do you think?  Where is a good place to start in tackling the expanding apps market as it relates to music therapy?

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