iPad Helps Autistic Children to Speak

Five-year-old Jacob was diagnosed with autism at just three years old. He was having trouble talking and wasn't able to communicate at all, until he got help from an iPad.

The iPad is now playing a key role in teaching kids to talk. For example, Jacob was able to have full conversations with his mom via the Apple tablet.

The screen displays pictures, which Jacob points at. He was able to communicate various things like having to go to the bathroom or that he was hungry. After that, his words started coming naturally.

Jamie McGillivary of the Beaumont Hope Center says the iPad has become a critical tool in teaching autistic kids to speak. She says, "It's completely revolutionized the way we teach the kids."  There are now hundreds of apps dedicated to helping adults and their children living with autism.

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