An Innovative Way to Use Technology to Enhance Communication Here at Atlas we have students learning to communicate using all different modalities. We look to our students and their interests to best address developing speech and language skills. One of our students uses the program Touch Chat on his iPad as his Augmentative and Assistive Technology Device. The program’s typical output is a computerized voice. While the student was making progress with his device we wanted to personalize it further to increase his progress. This particular student loves music, and his music therapist’s voice. We noticed that when the music therapist sang certain phrases this student would frequently repeat the phrase. With this in mind the SLP and Music Therapist collaborated, and they recorded the Music Therapist’s voice as the output for the device. Upon hearing the new voice the student immediately smiled each time he used it to speak, became more focused, and expressed more interest.
A beautiful song about children with autism written by Amanda Friedman and performed by Crucial Bridge.
This song is for the angels of the world...
The Atlas Foundation For Autism is honored to be featured in the "Meet The Directors" section of the January 2015 issue of Big Apple Parent Magazine!