Locations around the world are lighting up in the color of blue to commemorate Autism Awareness Day. Autism affects 1 in 88 children in the United States alone. Diagnoses have increased about 600 percent in the past two decades, which is only partially explained by improved and increased evaluation. Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. It affects families of all ethnic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Children with Autism tend to have problems with social interaction and repetitive tasks. While research is very active, no cure has been found.
Proloquo2go is an app that helps kids who have speech disabilities to communicate. Speech pathologists are really excited about its availability because it is loaded onto iphones and ipods, making it more portable and cutting its cost to about a tenth of its usual price. I know that in recent months, I’ve been introduced to all kinds of apps. Apps that help one judge the “cuteness” of people in a bar using biometrics, apps that help set up booty calls, political satire on the verge of being offensive apps. How great is it that the affordability of this technology can help so many more children to interact with the world around them!