Assistive Devices for Autism

Filed Under (Advocacy, Communication) by Estee on 17-03-2010

While Slade is using the Dynavox in this video, I have to attest as we prepare for Adam’s new device (which will not be the Dynavox but a similar device) that this can really change your child’s life. I am so excited that we are entering this new phase of his life soon, and we have done it with the help of others who are experienced in this field.

It takes time to teach the child HOW to use the device and I have to admit that having Adam use the Qwerty board in preparation for receiving this device, it does help with the navigation. One can begin with low-tech options to prepare a child for such communication including PECS (Picture Exchange System) as well as using computers. Adam does most of his school work on a MAC computer to-date, and he has used the Alphasmart Neo to type because it is easy and lightweight. As Adam improves his reading/comprehension skills (expressive output I’m referring to as we never know the extent to what Adam knows), he answers his multiple choice questions one-hundred percent correctly. However, if Adam would be asked a comprehension question in an open-ended manner, he may not always answer correctly.

I encourage people to look at AAC and our institutions to take it VERY seriously in providing this opportunity for our non-verbal autistic children. It is one step closer to enabling their “voice.”

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.