Category : Cognitive

Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

May 16th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

The fine folks at Technically Philly have graciously allowed me a Guest Editor slot to speak about the book. It is always an honor to share touching, amusing and insightful stories of people with disabilities: a teenage music prodigy with a traumatic brain injury, a successful stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, an employment agency that […]

Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

December 11th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

The manuscript for Digital Outcasts has been delivered. As of today, I can’t tell you whether it’s any good. I think it probably is, but I’m too close to be the most objective judge of quality. What I can tell you is that the book is now in production and will soon be available for […]

Mind-Controlled Video Games

May 30th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Mind-Controlled Video Games

Timothy Hay of the Wall Street Journal yesterday released a great piece on the emerging prevalence of mind-controlled video games.

Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

May 20th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

A great new development is the creation of Kinetix Academy, the result of LCA winning the “Innovation in Issaquah” award for their use of the Kinect in therapy.

Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

May 9th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

An automated system that keeps watch over children could spot the telltale signs of autism and lead to earlier diagnoses, according to an article in New Scientist.

A CSUN Preview: Gracie Asks for a Crunchie

February 26th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

This week I’ll be presenting at the CSUN Conference for Persons with Disabilities on a topic entitled Yesterday’s Future: How the Technology of Tomorrow is Benefitting Today’s Digital Outcasts. I’m happy to have as my co-presenter the brilliant Lisa Domican, inventor of the Grace App for Autism available for iPhone and iPad. Below you’ll find […]

Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

February 22nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

A teacher in the suburbs of Chicago teaches traditional piano lessons by incorporating the iPad as a way to broaden disabled students’ learning opportunities.

Virtual Senior Centers

January 28th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

A partnership with Microsoft, iN2L and Selfhelp uses technology to create a Virtual Senior Center to help residents connect with loved ones in the community, nation and around the world.

“60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

October 25th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

Last Sunday, the CBS program “60 Minutes” showed a segment on the use of iPad apps among people with autism spectrum disorders. The video is embedded above, with a full transcript available on the CBS website.

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]