Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University's Department of Occupational Therapy with their new iPad from Autism Speaks

The Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy received an Apple iPad for use with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder from Autism Speaks. The Department was selected because of their Connections program for children, tweens, and teens who struggle with social skills as well as OTonCampus for SLU students who face challenges as they transition into adulthood and increased independence. The Department also consults with other departments and programs throughout Saint Louis University and through the Student Health and Counseling Center to help students.

The iPads will help the students with organizational skills and academic success. Research investigators have reported in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation that the task management and organizational features on tablets can help people with ASD function more successfully.

Jeanne Eichler, Instructor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University
Jeanne Eichler, MOT, OTR/L, MT

Jeanne Eichler, MOT, OTR/L, Lead Practitioner in the OT Pediatric Faculty Practice states, “We are excited about the opportunity to explore how iPads may facilitate success for the growing number of people who have autism and are succeeding on college campuses nationwide. This success often comes with many challenges, and anything that we as Occupational Therapists can do to take away roadblocks and turn strengths and interests into bridges to achievement is something that we want to pursue.”

We are interested in hearing from students on campus who have autism about how they believe the iPad could best be utilized to foster their success. Please email OTonCampus@slu.edu with ideas.

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright.