Tuesday, November 15, 2011

iPad Gives Children with Autism a Voice

POCATELLO, Idaho - Ryder McBride sat anxiously squeezing an empty 2-liter pop bottle as family and a few strangers filled his family's living room Wednesday morning.
He did not speak.
Pocatello's 8-year-old Ryder has a severe form of autism which makes verbal communication difficult, if not impossible. Help may be on the way. Gary James, originally from London, has a son he classifies as "nonverbal." He turned to the use of an Apple iPad to interact and help his 2-year-old son learn and communicate.
James presented the Mc-Bride family with a free iPad and a host of educational applications to better work with Ryder.
"He'll have a voice," James said.

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