Apple’s revolutionary iPad helps children with speech and communication challenges

Apple Online Store“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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18 Comments

  1. A device such as an iPad could revolutionize education.

    No more pencils,
    No more books,
    No more teachers dirty looks.

    Imagine using the iPad to discern a students potential through exploration of special interests and free association. By analyzing the way a student proceeds through a maze of subjects, it would be easy to determine how a particular child learns best; aural, visual, hands-on, etc. The device itself could record the interconnectivity between the child and the device and provide feedback to the teacher.

    The teacher’s own device could be paired up with a White board-type display to make it easy for children to follow along.

    In any case, I think it’s time to replace books with an alternative. It use to pain me to watch my kids walk to school with a thirty-pound backpack.

  2. A device such as an iPad could revolutionize education.

    No more pencils,
    No more books,
    No more teachers dirty looks.

    Imagine using the iPad to discern a students potential through exploration of special interests and free association. By analyzing the way a student proceeds through a maze of subjects, it would be easy to determine how a particular child learns best; aural, visual, hands-on, etc. The device itself could record the interconnectivity between the child and the device and provide feedback to the teacher.

    The teacher’s own device could be paired up with a White board-type display to make it easy for children to follow along.

    In any case, I think it’s time to replace books with an alternative. It use to pain me to watch my kids walk to school with a thirty-pound backpack.

  3. I’ve pointed this out here before, but if you go to the App Store and look at the Proloquo2Go app’s testimonials, you will damn-near be in tears. Even on the iPod touch, it was a life-changing application. On the iPad, it must be even better for many of its users.

    Game changer? Life changer.

  4. I’ve pointed this out here before, but if you go to the App Store and look at the Proloquo2Go app’s testimonials, you will damn-near be in tears. Even on the iPod touch, it was a life-changing application. On the iPad, it must be even better for many of its users.

    Game changer? Life changer.

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