“The rise of mainstream tablet computers is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems—and such use has the potential to disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars,” Jennifer Valentino-Devries reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Before she got an iPad at age two, Caleigh Gray couldn’t respond to yes-or-no questions. Now Caleigh, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, uses a $190 software application that speaks the words associated with pictures she touches on Apple Inc.’s device,” Valentino-Devries reports. “‘We’re not having to fight to prove to people that she is a smart little girl anymore, because it’s there once they see her using the iPad,’ said Caleigh’s mother, Holly Gray, who said her daughter can use the tablet to identify colors or ask to go outside.”
Valentino-Devries reports, “The software, called Proloquo2Go by a company called AssistiveWare B.V., is one of a growing number of apps aimed at people with speech difficulties developed for Apple’s gadgets.”
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