Apps for Autism

Student Favorite Expressive Language Apps for iPad and iTouch

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Expressive language is the ability to produce language in a number of different ways such as speech, sign or writing. There are a quite a few apps today that focus on expressive language and the ability to communicate. Below is a list of, student favorite, expressive language apps I use in iTherapy. These apps are easily customized and work well for the students, teachers, therapist and families of students with autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, deaf, hard of hearing and motor speech difficulties.

The apps and best features demo’d in this video are:

Proloquo2go by AssistiveWare

  • 7000+ symbols
  • Text-to-speech
  • Easily customized
  • Word Prediction

My Choice Board by Good Karma Applications

  • Internet image search
  • Easily customized
  • Text-to-speech
  • Record your own words/phrases
  • Affordable

Assistive Chat by Assistive Apps

  • Phrase/Sentence bank,
  • Flexible for conversations
  • Word prediction
  • Large keyboard and text window
  • Easily customized

Predictable by Therapy Box

  • Multiple folders to store phrases and sentences
  • Customize with photos
  • Email messages to friends and family
  • Pronunciation editor
  • Switch ready
  • Word prediction
  • Social networking
  • 9 voices
  • Easy to use and customize

TapSpeak Button by TapSpeak Apps

  • Phrase bank
  • Customize with text, photo, color and audio
  • Large switch surface
  • Unlimited audio message length

Sign 4 Me by Signing Apps

  • 3D rotating avatar
  • Zoom in and out
  • Text to sign
  • Easy speed control and looping feature
  • Phrase/sentence bank
  • Signed English translator

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Animal Assisted Therapy – with Buttercup

“One of the most fundamental advantages of animal assisted therapy over other therapeutic modalities is that it provides the patient a much-needed opportunity to give affection as well as receive it. It is this reciprocity – rare among medical therapies – that makes AAT a unique, and valuable route to healing”

-Dr. Andrew Weil

The human animal bond is a mutually beneficial one; each influences the psychological and the physiological state of the other.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is one of the many way animals help people. In this environment animals aid in promoting health, hope and healing. For children with special needs, interacting with an animal, whether a dog, cat, pig or any other furry friend can have a positive impact not only in a therapy session but in their quality of life as well.

Buttercup is my 2-year-old potbelly pig. He plays an important part in many of my therapy sessions. He has been a motivator in the therapy environment, because of this my clients stay on task, initiate and maintain communication – making goals attainable in a shorter time.

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