The key to the value of all of these tools is communication. Creating pictures, flashcards, voice recordings, and being able to express feelings with the use of these tools is thought to help autistic children learn to communicate more effectively.
By Sara Bernard
Autism spectrum disorders now affect roughly 1 in 110 hundred children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Difficulty communicating with others, reading facial expressions, and interpreting social situations are just a few of the symptoms of the disorder.
Enter the app world. Children with autism — and their families — are celebrating yet another use for the ubiquitous technology: Apps that help them learn.
Proloquo2go, for instance, is an application for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch that includes a text-to-speech feature, a large-lettered typepad, and a default vocabulary of over 7,000 symbols that the user can create messages with (the cartoon symbol for “see you later” is a face, a clock, and an arrow, for example). Continue reading