Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Project May Help Children with Autism Find their 'Voice'

Great work coming out of the University of Kansas (yes, even Jayhawks do some good things -- go Mizzou) to help children on he spectrum develop communications skills.

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Eleven-year-old Tait Holter pushes a button that has a picture of a heart on a hand-held device. It has the word “love” underneath.
“I love you,” a voice says when pushed.
The device serves as Tait’s voice, and he uses it to tell his parents, Mark and Maria Holter, that he loves them.
The technology helps the Lawrence boy who has autism, a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication.

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