A father of a non-verbal child with Autism has developed a new communication app that relies on symbols (like the PEC system) for a non-verbal person to communicate with others. It could be a good addition to special education programming in school for all children with special needs who require a pictorial method of communication.
Most existing systems do not allow for sending messages and e-mails to others utilizing a pictorial system, and instead require the person with autism to be at the same device screen as the person he is communicating with.
This device allows the non-verbal person to communicate with friends, teachers, family and others – so long as they also understand the pictorial message. It appears to open up an area of vastly increased opportunities for reciprocal social communication for non-verbal persons with Autism or other disabilities who are otherwise not able to utilize the common keyboard to express their ideas.
I have no personal experience with this app, so am not vouching for it by any means — but it seems like a great addition to the existing technology and is at least worth knowing about. Here is a link: http://israel21c.org/people/new-israeli-app-for-special-needs-communication/?utm_content=buffer9a7fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
New uses of such technology should regularly be reviewed by parents of children with special needs so that they know the up-to-date options.
I can certainly envision the incorporation of such a device as this into a child’s school special education program (IEP), including possible group programming among a number of non-verbal students.
Leave it to a Parent to have recognized the value in this added component.
Jerry Tanenbaum, NJ and PA education attorney