Device helps boy with autism communicate

09/14/2011 | Beacon News (Aurora, Ill.), The

A handheld device called the DynaVox Maestro has given a 10-year-old with autism a way to communicate. The boy uses buttons on the device -- which costs nearly $8,000 but is covered by some insurance plans -- to create words and sentences. "In just two weeks, he knows how to navigate through a couple of these screens, find what he wants, and ask for it. He is going to feel successful. He wants to do things for himself, and he should," said speech and language pathologist Laura Czerwinski.

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