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iPads Help Autistic Children | children, zoey, ipads - WTVC NewsChannel 9: Chattanooga News, Weather, Radar, Sports, Lottery
Local children living with autism are finding a new and easier way to communicate. iPads are being used in classrooms at Siskin Children's Institute. The touch screen Apple tablet allows children without the necessary communication skills to express their wants and needs more clearly.
28-month old Zoey Jones is a happy, playful little girl who is living with autism, a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate with others. Zoey's parents say the disorder can be frustrating.
"We struggle with trying to know what she wants," said Maria Jones, Zoey's mother.
But Zoey's parents say that struggle is a little bit more bearable thanks to the new technology offered by the Siskin Children's Institute. Last year, they got 4 iPads to use in classrooms, and nearly 20 more are on the way thanks to an anonymous donor. "We know that there is a lot of proof in research that visuals work well with children with autism or autism-like characteristics and the iPads have allowed us to implement that faster and quicker," said Kelly DeJong, the Escalate Consultant for Siskin Children's Institute.