iPad/iPod Touch Assessment Checklist by Autism Specialist, Kate McGinnity

Looking for a tool or checklist to sort out how to consider if an iPad, iPod (or other mobile device) is appropriate for your child, student or client with Autism?


I recently had the opportunity of attending a Wisconsin DPI Autsim Training ” Addressing Communication” with presenters Kate McGinnity, Mary Graczyk and Daniel Parker. Not surprizingly, two days packed full of resources, ideas, and information from these presenters provided wonderful information with incredible depth from their experience with years of work with individuals with autism. It’s what keeps you coming back in an attempt to absorb their perspectives and understandings of the uniquenesses of autism.

One of the many resources shared is a iPad/iPod Touch Assessment Checklist (updated in 3/2013) created by Kate McGinnity, National Autism Specialist. It provides skills, supports and reasoning when considering the use of a mobile device with individuals with autism. Here are images of the assessment checklist created by Kate McGinnity with a link to the form provided below:

McGinnity iPad iPod Assessment Checklist

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Thank you to author, Kate McGinnity, for permission to share the iPad/iPod Touch Assessment Checklist .

This list can be appropriate for evaluating the needs or appropriateness of any mobile device for a variety of different students.

Thank you again to Kate McGinnity and collaborators for permission to share the checklist!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to iPad/iPod Touch Assessment Checklist by Autism Specialist, Kate McGinnity

  1. l says:

    I can’t get this to download, it opens an empty link.

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