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Purdue students develop app to help children with severe autism

Mar 30, 2012 -- 10:47 am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students in a Purdue University service-learning program have developed an application for Apple's iPad that helps children with severe autism learn how to communicate.

The app, called SPEAKall!, allows the children to construct sentences by choosing photos and graphic symbols. The app speaks the sentence, which allows a child to communicate a thought and also helps the child learn to talk.

Launched in November on iTunes, the free app has been downloaded almost 3,300 times.

With the app, a child could take an iPad into a fast-food restaurant, construct a sentence saying "I want a cheeseburger," then play it for the order-taker. Hearing how the sentence sounds also can help the child develop his or her own speech and language skills.
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The App is available from iTunes and it is FREE!

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