Breaking Communication Barriers In Autism

Breaking Communication Barriers in Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), more commonly known as Autism, is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. Individuals with Autism often have trouble interacting with people and are often withdrawn from their environment. While the severity of the condition is unique to each individual, communication barriers tend to be common amongst all who are diagnosed.

With the birth of mobile technology devices and apps for special needs education, teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities has become easier. Special Learning’s My First Voice app for the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire was designed as a tool to break down communication barriers between parents, providers, and their children. This educational app is used to support parents and providers in helping children diagnosed with autism and other language disabilities communicate effectively.

My First Voice is an easy and fun way to teach children with autism. The app uses actual photographs of colorful and attractive everyday things that a child sees such as food, drinks, clothing, and toys. My First Voice will allow a child to easily communicate his/her basic wants and needs while learning and having fun!

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This app for special needs also contains photographs depicting basic emotions so that a child will be able to express their feelings. Easy, functional communication is an essential function of this app and the home row of icons adds to this ease. My First Voice finally gives children with special needs the “voice” to express themselves!

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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