New iPhone app, MyVoice, helps Autism and Stroke Patients

A new iPhone app that will help people with autism or who are recovering from strokes has been developed in Canada.

The creator and lead researcher at the University of Toronto, Alexander Levy, says MyVoice, which says words when the iPhone screen is tapped, is advanced for a couple of reasons.

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(Story from CBC News)

iPads Come to Aid of Autistic, Speech Students

Apple’s iPad will be the newest technology that helps students with autism or speech problems communicate in the Wisconsin Dells School District.
Since January, speech language pathologists in the district have been using iPads in a pilot project giving voice to students with autism or speech impediments. According to Director of Pupil Services Jerry Nicholson, by next month all four speech language pathologists in the district will have an iPad to use to help students.

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Children with autism may learn from ‘virtual peers’


Using “virtual peers” — animated life-sized children that simulate the behaviors and conversation of typically developing children — Northwestern University researchers are developing interventions designed to prepare children with autism for interactions with real-life children.

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Video Glossary

Video Glossary
A new site from Autism Speaks presents a library of video clips of behavior of autistic children in direct contrast with typical child behavior. The clips allow parents and teachers to better identify potential signs of autism. See the video glossary here.