Comment on Technology-Based Intervention Research for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec;45(12):3832-5. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2627-y.


The purpose of this letter to the editor is to comment on several review papers recently published in the current Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Special Issue on Technology: Software, Robotics, and Translational Science. These reviews address a variety of aspects relating to technology-aided intervention and instruction for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Here, I comment on and evaluate the overall status of research and development in this area, including reflection on current challenges in this area in the context of previous challenges and resolutions in behavioral intervention research. From these reviews and the current evaluation, I further discuss important next steps for the field which may be critical for guiding progress toward meaningful impacts upon individuals with ASD.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / rehabilitation*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / therapy
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Behavioral Research / methods
  • Computers*
  • Humans
  • Translational Research, Biomedical