Selection of Tablet Apps That Help Autistic Children Communicate

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28 Oct, 2011 6:00 pm

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A recent “60 Minutes” segment, “Studying Autism and iPads,” showed how autistic children show remarkable interest in the iPad and its touch-and-swipe screens. With specially designed apps, these tablet computers are helping people with autism communicate.

There are several apps on the market that can be used to help Autistic kids communicate.   MetaTalk enables the build  of sentences from symbols which are read aloud by the app. There are over 2300 words and phrases in the app library and they come pre-configured.  If you’re in need of more there is an online library to keep your vocabulary growing. This app is on the more expensive side at $150, but there are a few more reasonably priced alternatives.

Grace $37.99, allows special-needs children to communicate through complete sentences by linking together colorful images and symbols in this fully customizable application. What’s interesting about Grace is that the simple picture exchange system was developed by and for non-verbal people, allowing a user to communicate needs by building sentences from relevant images. The picture and photo vocabulary can be customized.

iCommunicate ($49.99). This app allows people design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards and more. Other cool features of this app include recording your own audio for pictures and boards and utilizing text-to-speech with 20 voice options.

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