Communication device benefits speech language pathologist work
Autism typically requires a variety of therapies for treatment, but a recent innovation in speech language pathologist work has opened the door for more communication opportunities among the autistic.
The DynaVox Maestro, a hand-held device used for communication that has been championed by speech and language pathologist Laura Czerwinski, has helped one 10-year-old autistic boy find his voice.
According to the Beacon-News, Zakari Johnson of Aurora has used the device's buttons to form words and sentences.
“Zakari is 10 and doesn’t have a way to communicate,” Czerwinski told the newspaper. “In just two weeks, he knows how to navigate through a couple of these screens, find what he wants, and ask for it. He is going to feel successful. He wants to do things for himself, and he should.”
According to its website, the DynaVox Maestro is not only used for speech language pathologist work. It can be used by anyone who is learning a new language or looking to improve literacy and communication skills. The device comes with a fully functional touch screen as well as a camera, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
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