assistive technology team. This team of two occupational therapists and me is responsible to evaluate special needs children in the school system to see if technology can help them access their education. Today, the child was in a regular education kindergarten and hasn't spoken for over a year. Diagnosis is still pending, but for my part, I brought toys and books to the school along with my trusty iPad loaded with Proloquo2Go. This is an 'app' that converts an iPad to a dynamic display communication device. The child touches a cell (usually a picture is in the cell) and the iPad speaks for him. He can touch a category cell which then jumps him to another page, so if he is playing with a toy, but suddenly wanted a drink, he could touch the 'drinks' cell which would take him to a selection of items to quench his thirst! See this link if you want to hear from this program's creator:
My boy learned how to use this in about 10 minutes, navigating the pages, and playing the marble toy with me. He was requesting the marble toy pieces with this voice output system, asking for 'little' marbles (when I gave him a giant one!), and saying 'my turn'. Maybe now he can talk to his friends! How frustrating the past years must have been for him!
What work or volunteer activity do you do that makes you feel like you have made a difference in the lives of someone?