Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Tossi Ikuta

Second Advisor

Ying Hao

Third Advisor

Gregory Snyder

Relational Format



The use of computer tablets can be beneficial for communication deficits in Autism. Studies have shown that tablets can have positive effects on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who have trouble communicating and expressing emotions. A systematic review was conducted to examine if tablets helped people with ASD develop social skills and expression of emotion. A search was conducted through PubMed. From the initial search, 117 articles were found. Of these 117 articles, 10 met the criteria for review along with 2 additional articles found from an additional source. These 12 articles underwent a systematic review. Tablet applications and video modeling were used to help the individuals with autism be able to learn emotions, recognize facial expressions, and communicate how they are feeling. Studies showed positive results when using multiple apps and videos. Although many more studies should be conducted in order to further support these results, this systematic review elucidated positive outcomes of tablet use.

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