Speech therapist Maureen Butterbaugh provides individual and group speech therapy sessions in the Autistic support classrooms at McAulliffe Heights Program at Irving Elementary. This year she has introduced the use of assistive technology adaptations to help students increase their communication skills. Through the use of this equipment, students are increasing their ability to request items, label and answer questions in the classroom setting.
In a recent classroom lesson, students used the device to answer questions. The device offers verbal output, as well as pictures for the student to make a correlation between the item name and the pictre. The students have reacted well to the new technology!
The devices were purchased through an AASD Foundation Teacher Venture Grant.