iPad gives voice to kids
This article published not long after the iPad launched is a good reminder of how tablet technology is still relatively new. The ubiquitous of tablets made speech generating apps more accessible and affordable. This article discusses the ease of access and highlights how quickly the number of apps grew.
As SLPs we should remember how plentiful and affordable apps can be for families. It is our responsibility to be well-versed in which apps are research-based and effective. Although this article was published in 2012, it highlights the impact the tablet has had on making AAC mainstream. Every time someone sees a typically developed kid using a tablet, the device for our kids who use AAC becomes more normalized.
In fact, our friend Annelise recently drew our attention to a blog article written by a mom of two. Her daughter uses an AAC device. When their son was born they decided he would use an AAC device, too — whether he "needed" one or not. This article explains how the Mom decided to advocate for equal access to AAC for not only for her daughter but for her typically developing brother as well. She explains her son began reading at an earlier age, had receptive and expressive vocabulary was in the 90th percentile for his age, and earlier occurring speech milestones. He also developed a deep bond with his sister as the AAC device was his first language.