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Mother creates app to help her son communicate

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-04-21 22:18

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The first version was released in 2010, and the app has been updated several times since then. Nabeela noticed a positive change in Salman since he started using the app.
Nabeela wanted to create an application that would speak for him and could be customized easily. At the same time, he had started showing an interest in using his iPod.
The ‘My Words’ app allows its users to create a multi-sensory dictionary. With the app, you can type in a word, take a photo of something representative of it, record your voice saying the word, or a phrase, and place it in a category. For example, if an autistic, or speech impaired individual uses a particular object frequently, a caregiver can help them communicate their need for it through the app by simply typing in the object’s name, taking a photo of the object, record their voice pronouncing the name of it, and then storing it in a category on the app. When the individual needs to use it, they can simply tap the photo, and the recording will come up.
What distinguishes it from apps that are similar to it is that the set of words and phrases on the app can actually be shared publically, for teachers or others to access, making it simple for the individual to communicate anywhere.
Today, the app is helping more than just autistic and speech impaired people, it’s being used as a language learning tool.

Adapted from: http://www.mywordsapp.com/

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About the author

Nabeela Jaffer, living in USA, has a son, Salman, has experienced difficulty communicating verbally throughout his life. He was diagnosed with autism at age four.
The struggles he faced trying to communicate is what inspired Nabeela to create the ‘My Words’ app.

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