Students who are nonverbal learn to communicate with iPads

11/12/2012 | Toronto Star, The

Over a three-year period, students with autism, who are nonverbal, increased their attention span up to five minutes by using free and low-cost mobile applications on iPads and other tablet devices to communicate with teachers and peers. Students used the apps to point to pictures and words to communicate ideas ranging from what snack they wanted to answering "yes" and "no." Some critics warn that such devices are a good starting point but could further isolate children who already struggle to socialize.

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