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iPad Apps the Key for Language Development in Autistic Kids?

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2013-11-22 08:53

Technology can help children with autism develop language skills. iPads are one way autistic children learn to communicate.

Even non-verbal autistic children can start developing communication and language skills through the use of technology, particularly tablets like the iPad and its apps. I must say, Apple is truly doing its market research well, pushing to serve populations often left untapped, such as those in educational institutions and child therapy.

Autism facts:

  • Boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls
  • 1 in 88 children children will develop autism
  • 18.9% of autistic children also have synaesthesia
  • Video games are great, as long as they don't interfere with sleep by being in bedrooms



Earlier in the year, a study broke through the mold and presented a heartening conclusion that thrilled the parents and grandparents of autistic children everywhere. Where previously it was believed that if children do not acquire language skills by the age of 5, they never will, an "Autism Speaks" grant provided the funding necessary for University of California researchers to debunk the theory. The truth? 6 months after the start of the study, autistic children between the ages of 5 and 8 years old had significantly learned to use words and create sentences to relay their thoughts, moreso when their play-based intervention included electronic speech devices.

That is one major new finding. It also gives parents of autistic children hope that their little ones will one day be able to live lives akin to their peers and surroundings. At least they may be able to in terms of partial communication.

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Certain characteristics that might be good indicators of autism from early on according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are:

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