Research on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is at the forefront of the healthcare industry. In an effort to find education solutions for autistic children, Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Institute (MSI) launched the "18 iPads in 18 Days" program.
MSI's Baudhuin Preschool provides therapeutic programs for children with autism by focusing on cognitive, social-emotional, adaptive, behavioral, motor and communication skill development. The school is utilizing iPads to help children who have communication difficulties.
With the help of donations, MSI is able to place iPads in each of the school's 18 classrooms. The tablets feature applications such as Proloquo2Go, which provide colorful symbols, natural sounding text-to-speech voices and an extensive vocabulary.
"Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way children communicate and relate to others and the world around them" said Roni Leiderman, dean of the MSI. "We are grateful for the incredible generosity and support of our donors, who are responsible for the success of this initiative."
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with an ASD.
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