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iPad Emerging as Top Autism & AAC Teaching Tool

By December 16, 2011

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TapSpeak AAC app for iPad

One thing that has made the iPad the hottest assistive device in the world is the accessibility it extends to many types of disabilities.

This week, I looked at 10 alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) apps designed to help students with a wide range of speech disabilities, including autism.

There are five main reasons why the iPad is gaining momentum among teachers of autistic children.

  1. A price below that of most dedicated AAC devices
  2. Portability that increases the likelihood of consistent use
  3. A touch pad more easily accessible to those with mobility impairments
  4. Growing appeal among parents
  5. Facilitates calculation and documentation of Applied Behavioral Analysis programs used with students with autism.

The AAC capabilities of current iPad apps are not as sophisticated as those of the Dynavox Maestro and similar devices.

Still, it's hard not to see the iPad emerging as the primary support tool for every classroom that includes students with disabilities.

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