Today, we are living in the digital era. The general population in developed countries takes pride in unprecedented access to mobile technology. After all, a major hub of compelling content is right at their fingertips. From the ability to check the weather, to video and photo sites, to self-help materials; the latest in this technology offers a sense of awe to every user.
Unfortunately, most people in the Millennial Generation only use this technology for entertainment, rather than educational purposes. This can be viewed as an unproductive waste of time. However, there are countless applications that offer aspies (and anybody else) chances to learn about many different topics.
Newly learned skills from mobile apps can encourage the aspie to re-organize their lives in various beneficial ways, no matter what exactly that means for each individual user. From basic living skills to the aspie’s strongest interest, to establishing a professional image, to lifelong learning; an aspie can use a series of suitable apps that opens many doors to personal prosperity.
Virtually all types of devices, such as the iPhone 6, the tablet, and MacBook Pros, provide unlimited access to application stores. In the case of the iPhone 6, the treasure box of content on the App Store serves as a place to obtain rich digital content.
With this, an aspie can create a customized application bulletin board for continuous intrigue and development. If this intrigue encompasses intrinsic motivation and the desire to learn every day, the aspie will grow as fast as bamboo. Eventually they stand tall over their peers as s/he become the person any parent, teacher, or stranger would admire.
In the context of self-improvement, the basic and most critical level for a strong life foundation, the aspie must directly collaborate in-person with all parties. These include family, educators, therapists, etc. to undergo an extensive evaluation of progress in all areas. Through this, the aspie develops self-awareness.
Another way to maximize self-awareness is to look at broader principles and beliefs outside of the self. The aspie should inquire about where they stands in each principle. Mobile technology’s role is to give the aspie the opportunity to accomplish these tasks through simple, practical applications.
Using Mobile Apps to Encourage Personal Growth
For example, the aspie can take ownership of their spiritual well-being by understanding which specific religion suits them best and why. Next, they can ask what their favorite aspects of that religion are and which aspects they can spontaneously apply to current realities.
Once the aspie puts the pieces of the puzzle together, they can look into mobile apps and select one in order to expand the circles of knowledge and faith through the apps’ objectives. Asking broad questions unveils broad (and often difficult) answers; these indicate the aspie is doing something worthwhile, as every answer has valuable insights. These inquiry insights pave the way for true faith-based content for life.
After forming the basic foundation using mobile apps as part of the process, the aspie can then transition to the next process: lifelong learning. This starts with the aspie’s current comfort zones. In the case of any age group nowadays, that zone is likely to be the mobile phone and the one or two apps or sites that are used every day.
With some encouragement, the aspie’s interests can gradually transfer to different apps of a similar nature. The application “beginnings” then move forward to other platforms, such as websites with even richer and more valuable content. Websites alone can provide professional opportunities for growth, whether it is simply in writing or more complex, such as through coaching. After all, the World Wide Web contains at least a few useful tools for development!
This sort of strategic thinking constitutes a system that charts pathways to excellence and helps to reveal the aspie’s hidden affinities, talents, and passions. As the aspie develops these things, they will learn valuable life lessons that they likely could fail to learn by only staying in their room and going to school. Life lessons foster personal strength, confidence, and esteem that serve as the qualities of a polished person and professional.
Speaking of service, the aspie can use their newfound qualities to make a difference in this world in any way they choose!
As the aspie successfully paints a success picture for their life, they must still remember one all-important and universally attributable lesson: humility! This is the reason why lifelong learning and support along the way is necessary. To think, dreams can come true through the very technology we use every day. All that matters is how and how well one uses it!
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By Reese Eskridge
Reese Eskridge is a Production Technician with Fairville Products who is passionate about working in the sciences (biology) and wishes to take his work experiences further into the fields of Educational Neuroscience; Science Fiction; Freelance Writing; Disability Advocacy; Public Speaking; Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Aspergers101 is proud to offer the insights and perceptions of the talented Mr. Eskridge to our team of bloggers as he is a great example of living life on the spectrum to it’s fullest!