Our school was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in a story that explored how iPads and some apps are facilitating communication and social skill development in people who have autism and other developmental disabilities. You can see the story here.
Using an iPad might not be for everyone. Not every student who gets their hands on a device is going to be able to communicate using apps like Proloquo2Go.
From our research, one of the things we do know is that most students find the device engaging. They will pay attention to what they see or hear on the screen. For some students it is the first time they have been able to attend for longer periods of time on anything.
That is big. Really big.
Success can be measured in broader terms then just expressive language. Success can be an app that entertains a child at a restaurant so that the whole family can be out together enjoying a meal. Success can be an app that allows a child to be redirected from a tantrum. Success can be an app that allows children to play together with a sibling for the first time.
I am very proud of everyone at Beverley School. The students, researchers, staff, families and community.