Monday, September 19, 2011
Using Skype to Monitor your Child with Autism
To do this, you need:
- WiFi - You could do this via wired ethernet connection and laptops/PCs, but it would be more difficult. Wifi is great since it makes everything mobile.
- Two internet connected devices (two laptops, two iPads (iPad 2 with cameras), or a mix of laptop and iPad.
- Two Skype accounts
Posted by Contact at 6:50 AM
Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets | Autism Key
Apple’s invention of the iPad was a happy accident in unleashing a new wave of possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This device with its easy touch screen interface and ever expanding array of apps for increasing communication, is now in the toolbox of useful equipment for autism.
An exciting development in this arena is the autism smartphone. Created by the mother of a non-verbal ASD child, the Grace app is essentially a digital version of the Picture Exchange Communications System (PEC), a laminated picture book intended to promote expressive language. The Grace app is now available for both iPads and iPhones at the reasonable price of $38 and reports are that it is a vast improvement over its unwieldy PEC predecessor.
According to Disability Scoop, Apple has filed patent applications publicly disclosed this month that indicate their desire to keep expanding their disability market.
Posted by Contact at 6:19 AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wow, Dynavox getting into enemy territory here considering some conseider the iPad to be the future of AAC and Dynavox to be the past. Dynavox dips toes into the world of Apps!
DynaVox® Mayer-Johnson Introduces PCS™ Apps and Boardmaker Activities - Press Release - Digital Journal
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, the leading provider of speech generating devices and special education classroom software, announces the introduction of PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities. PCS Apps mark the company's first foray into the popular app market. Boardmaker Activities are the newest additions to the Boardmaker Software Family. Both products provide educators and speech-language pathologists with time- and money-saving tools that support learning for all students, while offering parents a cost-effective way to support and continue their child's learning when school is not in session – strengthening the school- and therapy-to-home link.
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"The introductions of PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities are very significant for both our company and the education community," said Michelle Heying, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson president and COO. "PCS Apps mark our initial entry into the dynamic app market and make it easy for educators, speech-language pathologists and parents to deliver educational content and enable learning on mobile devices virtually anywhere!
"The new Boardmaker Activities are also very exciting! As the first Boardmaker products that do not require Boardmaker authoring software to run, Boardmaker Activities offer convenient, ready-made content that educators, speech-language pathologists and parents can use to strengthen the school- and therapy- to-home link."
Featuring the company's popular Picture Communication Symbols (PCS), PCS Apps help children Pre-K to Grade 3, and those with autism and special needs, develop vocabulary, language, articulation, cognitive and listening skills. Four categories – Flash Cards, Word Scramble, Match & Memory and Bingo – of PCS Apps are currently available free-of-charge at Apple's App Store, with additional content available for each PCS App for a nominal charge.
Boardmaker Activities provide more than 50 activities centered around eight Boardmaker Activity Series, including Beginning Board Games, Match & Memory, Word Wonder, Reading Corner, Quiz Show, Virtual Field Trip, Early Literacy and Curriculum Companions.
Visit the Mayer-Johnson website (www.mayer-johnson.com) to learn more about PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities.
Boardmaker™ and PCS™ are registered trademarks of Mayer-Johnson LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of DynaVox Systems LLC.
About DynaVox Inc.
DynaVox Inc. (NASDAQ: DVOX) is a publicly traded holding company with its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose primary operating entities are DynaVox Systems LLC and Mayer-Johnson LLC. DynaVox is the leading provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community. Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content and by providing the services to support them. We assist individuals, families, and professionals with an extensive field support organization, as well as centralized technical and reimbursement support. For more information, visit www.dynavoxtech.com.
SOURCE DynaVox Inc.
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Posted by Contact at 2:34 PM