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Special Ed Professional Teaches iPad

Stephanie Squires will be keeping graduate students at Bronxville’s Concordia College on the cutting edge of special education technology this spring by teaching them iPad applications that help children learn.

“One thing about special education development is that it changes quickly,” said Squires, director of the Childhood Special Education program.

“There is always a new study or technique and we have to be up on that."

Recent studies say kids with neural development disorders like autism are better able to learn using applications on the iPad than through conventional teaching methods.

“If you think about how easy it is to use, there are so many children with illnesses like cerebral palsy that can do things with the iPad they aren’t able to do with the computer," added Squires.

This January, students in the course will also be using eBooks instead of textbooks that will provided for them by Concordia College. After they graduate, students will be able to keep the iPads and use them on their own.

Before she was appointed to her new position this past July at Concordia College, Squires was a professor of special education at the College of New Rochelle for 14 years.

She has also presented lectures, papers and films on subjects like bullying and literacy strategies for learners with autism.  She holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of New Orleans.

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