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Special Learning, Inc. Sponsors and Presents at Inaugural Touch Technology Conference and Expo Exhibiting the Latest Available Technology Applications for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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2012 Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special Needs Conference Offers Information and Product Demonstrations by Leading Developers and Researchers on Touch-Screen Technology.

CHICAGO, IL – August 21, 2012

Special Learning Inc., the leading global provider in special technology applications and educational resources used in teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the inaugural Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special needs Conference, a two-day symposium offering information, resources and demonstrations on the latest touch-screen tablet technology available to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  As a major sponsor of this highly focused technology convention, Special Learning, in partnership with Touch Technology, is providing participants the option to attend the conference and expo through live webcast streaming of select conference sessions. The two-day event takes place on September 17 and 18 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special Needs offers a comprehensive overview of the top applications available in touch-screen tablet formats. Skilled practitioners will lead attendees through hands-on informational sessions on touch technology applications for communication skills, social skills, academic skills, self-help skills, behavioral management, data tracking and management, and more.  Participants may customize their conference and expo experience through theme-specific breakout sessions lead by local and national therapists demonstrating the practical use of touch technology applications in home, school and social settings for individuals with ASD.

Michele LaMarche, BCBA, founder and executive director of Step By Step Academy and co-founder of Special Learning will be a featured speaker during the Touch Technology Conference. She will lead two informational sessions on the following topics:

1.    Introduction to Special Learning’s Communicating Basic Needs App
This session provides comprehensive training on this communication app which is available for the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Kindle Fire and select Android devices. The app allows children with ASD or any other language deficit to effectively communicate their basic needs and wants using customizable assistive technology. Participants will learn how to utilize the basic communication platform to enable a child to successfully communicate what they want and need with adapted expressive language.

2.    Technology in Autism Treatment: Teaching Apps
LaMarche will deliver a comprehensive overview of the various teaching applications on the market available for individuals with ASD, and she will explain what developmental profiles benefit from each app. Participants will come away with an understanding of how certain apps can benefit specific developmental profiles and how to utilize teaching apps in behavioral modification.

Special Learning’s sponsorship of the live webcast supports its mission to bring autism and ABA solutions to the global market. The live webcast is an alternative way for interested individuals unable to participate in this event in person to obtain access to the informational sessions and product demonstrations through Special Learning’s online webcast of the conference and expo.

For additional information on how to register for the Touch Technology conference and expo, please visit www.specialneedstouchtechnology.com/registration.html.

To view other Special Learning products and resources and to obtain additional information about how Special Learning provides educational materials and support to the autism community visit www.special-learning.com.

About Special Learning, Inc.
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions, designing mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools, and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably.

About Touch Technology
Touch Technology, a division of ABA Consulting Services LLC, is committed to providing quality education in the use of touch-screen tablet technology for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities. The first Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special Needs conference provides a venue for app developers, parents, professionals, and special educators to come together so that children with special needs can be served in the most effective way possible. Our goal is to provide engaging educational forums where parents and professionals can share their needs and experiences with app developers so that new apps can be developed.


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