As mentioned in the previous article, mobile applications support developmental concepts that foster virtually every aspect of personal and professional growth. This growth encompasses five categories: Personal/Family Needs; Endeavors/Professional Tools; Entertainment; Life Improvement; and Lifelong Education.
All apps that I discuss here are samples from the iPhone.
This is just what it sounds like. This accounts for the needs of the individual’s everyday life, such as living skills, self-advocacy, and sustenance of good health, as well as the family’s role in these things. Examples for health include the apps named, “MakeMyPlate”, “Relax Melodies”, and “Life Skills by Westcare”.
These apps help the aspie to transition to adult life. Further, parents and caregivers can use these with the aspie. Even teachers could help here in some cases, as long as the aspie fulfills their needs, as well as what the aspie’s family believes is right, in the end.
This one is slightly more confusing at first glance. The definition of “endeavor” here is any extracurricular and professional activity that enhance the aspie’s work experiences and professional development experiences. Examples include the LinkedIn app, the “Success Wiz” app, and the “Gmail” app.
These apps establish the aspie’s professional image and ensure the progression of their working lifestyle through networking, self-improvement, opportunism, and career growth and sustenance. If the aspie knows exactly how professional apps attribute to his interests and goals, the aspie can expect to thrive in the “real world.”
Again, this is just what it sounds like. However, for an aspie, entertainment is more significant than just entertainment. It serves as a starting point for new interests and endeavors to aid with both skill building and knowledge building. The entertainment factor in a piece of media, writing, etc. is more likely to pique the aspie’s interest, even when the topic does not pertain to the aspie’s current strong interests.
The best strategy to adopt in the context of development, therefore, is to introduce the aspie to something that is generally entertaining them and to the masses. Then, incorporate it into practical lessons that take into account the aspie’s strong and weak points of their learning style, the family and individual aspie’s schedules, and educational and professional goals. This three-step learning process is simple to use and permits for any aspie to encode a great deal of information to gain new and refined perspectives for life.
Speaking of life, there are certainly plenty of apps on the iPhone’s App Store that allow an aspie to make the most of every day. Examples include, “Checklist”, “Productive”, “Calendar”, and “HelloMind”. These apps can be used to set priorities, make time for tasks and events, and keep positive every day no matter what challenges the aspie faces. After all, a positive attitude is essential for life improvement and personal growth!
Finally, the fifth category for mobile apps supports the fact that education never truly ends at any point in life. Some of the apps that directly or indirectly provide endless encoding of new information include, “Curious”, “iBooks”, “The Great Courses”, and “Dictionary”, to name a few.
The only one of those four that indirectly provides such information is “iBooks” because one cannot simply open it and expect to see links to files and online books up front. Instead, the learner must search for the materials and download them onto “iBooks” for reference. In contrast, the other two apps directly provide the information you may be seeking.
The concept of lifelong learning is highly beneficial to aspies of all ages and backgrounds and can serve as a safety net to catch the aspie whenever they fall. These readily accessible apps can supply knowledge nourishment to those who starve for it. Finally, lifelong learning serves to prepare aspies for challenging and unfamiliar circumstances, as well as how to make the most of them and how to thrive in them.
Aspies and their family and acquaintances can strategically and enjoyably combine their efforts to learn together with the five categories above for real prosperity. Prosperity here defined as relinquishing the negativity and bolstering the positivity in the aspie’s life.
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!