Saturday, 29 October 2011

In the News

It has been a fantastic fall, but very busy!

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.

That story was followed up by the CBC with both a radio interview and a story on The National.

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.


  1. Could you please tell me the name of the autism app that was mentioned in the 60 minute story that helped show what vocabulary a child actually understood? They didn't say the name.......just said.....a new vocabulary app. I would love to use it for my child. Thanks so much. LIsa

  2. Yes, it was ABA Receptive Identification,, $0.99. There is a series each of flash cards, receptive identification, and problem solving apps.