The iPad Brings Hope for Non-Verbal Students with Autism

Meet Harvey

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Harvey is a 13 year old non-verbal young man with autism. He is proficient in using picture exchange and voice output devices including the iPad. His only verbalizations thus far have been, “ba, ba, ba, ba, ba…” using an up and down motion of the jaw with no lip or tongue movement.

He has been exposed to VAST Autism 1 for approximately one month and his verbalizations have increased significantly. Harvey can now imitate the syllables mama, papa, dada and oooo with great attempts at tongue tip elevation for lala. He is able to say the words, hi, bye, up and ball.

These results are amazing for a young man who was non-verbal last month.


iTherapy– Making an Impact

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Irene is making her first attempts at speech with the VAST Autism Core-1 App

Technology has allowed us to create VAST Autism Core-1, an app that supports non-verbal students with autism and other developmental disabilities learn how to use speech. Irene is one of many non-verbal students with autism who are now attempting vocalizations and making verbal approximations of words on a daily basis after using the video modeling techniques from VAST Autism. Irene’s mom reported in a recent IEP, “She never tried to talk before and now she is moving her mouth and attempting to say words.” Irene’s teacher says, “She now looks at my mouth and face and maintains eye contact while I am talking to her.”

Irene has been using VAST Autism for a few short weeks and a verbal speech goal was added to her IEP.

Way to go Irene!!

VAST Autism Core–1 is available at the App Store