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iPad, apps key to unlocking communication barrier with autistic students

posted May 17, 2012, 5:59 PM by Gary Jones

Teacher Leigh Aufenanger asks each of the five students circling one table in her room what they would like to eat. Most students in this particular room have difficulty expressing what snack they would like. So by taping a food item on the “Snack Board,” the iPad voices the request for them, and the teacher prompts them to mimic the sentence to the best of their ability.

“They have all been increasing in their willingness and ability to speak ever since we have the iPads in the classroom,” Aufenanger told FoxNews.com.

Aufenanger primarily uses an app called Proloquo2Go, which turns the iPad into a speech output device. “For all of these kids who are either nonverbal or very early emergent verbal, it gives them a voice,” Aufenanger says.

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