“Speak all” app making a difference for children with autism

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – An app developed at Purdue University is making a difference in the lives of children affected by severe, non-verbal autism.

The app is called, “Speak all,” and it teaches kids affected by the disorder how to form words and sentences.

It uses pictures of what kids already know, such as their favorite foods or toys, to teach them how to speak.

Oliver Wendt said, “what you need to know about children with autism is that they are very visual learners. It is much easier for them to process information if it is given to them in a very visual, perceptual way.”

Just a year ago, saying a full sentence was impossible for Stevie Rettig. But, now the 6-year old can string together a few words.

The Rettigs are one of 20 families Purdue researchers are working with directly. They say more than 21,000 people have downloaded the “Speak All” app.

Click here to learn more about the apps offered by Autism Speaks.

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