Used to be the only tablet you could buy in a supermarket was in the confectionary aisle… Should point out that right now this Android tablet is one of the cheapest and highest specification tablets available from a major mainstream retailer in the UK. Worth a consideration if you’re on a tight budget.
From Icatha College USA, a project involving Tina Caswell – Clinical Instructor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
With Horses and iPads, Autistic Children Learn to Communicate [Press release]
Interesting to note that they found that the light weight of an iPad device was an important factor
“…traditional assisted speech-generating devices can be cumbersome and heavy and children tend to abandon them due to lack of interest with their limited communication options. On the contrary, iPads loaded with speech-generating applications only weigh around 1 pound, cost significantly less than traditional assisted speaking devices and are more user friendly. …”
In the project they also utilise Dynavox Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) provides guidance and advice to improve health and social care. On 28 August 2013 they published clinical guidelines offering evidence-based advice on the care and management of children and young people with autism.
- Good communication is essential for children with autism and their families, says NICE [Press release]
“…Many of us find it very difficult to engage with children or young people with autism as they can struggle to communicate or relate to people around them. But good communication with young people on the autism spectrum can have a huge impact on their daily lives – so it’s particularly important for healthcare workers to do it well. There is no cure for autism, but there are treatments that can help…”
- Autism – the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum [Clinical guidelines]
- Treating childhood autism, and cardiac imaging for stable chest pain [British Medicial Journal Podcast – Audio]
Interview about the new guidelines with Tim Kendall, director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who helped draw up the guidelines. The interview is about eleven minutes into the BMJ podcast episode MP3