SpeechTree AAC App: Helping Children with Autism Learn and Communicate
There is much more to AAC then simply handing a child an iPad with an AAC app and expecting them to communicate. SpeechTree AAC App for iPad is the first and only AAC app that includes a learning section incorporating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and evidence based principles that allow parents to actively participate with their child.
San Diego, CA June 9, 2012
SpeechTree AAC App is the new augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and learning program that is creating tremendous buzz throughout the special needs community. SpeechTree recently concluded a promotion with Smart Apps for Kids attracting over 4,840 entries for a chance to win the new AAC app. Additionally, numerous comments from parents and professionals indicate the enormous interest for an AAC app that can simplify the AAC learning process for beginning and emerging communicators including individuals with autism who are non-verbal, and others with limited language and communication skills.
A lot of people have begun to purchase both iPads and AAC apps – recognizing its potential, but seemingly lacking the needed guidance to begin teaching.
“I found many parents purchasing AAC apps but not understanding how to introduce or use them. For many beginning communicators at early stages in their development, AAC can be a very challenging process to learn. Many have unique learning needs that require lots of practice, encouragement, support, and instruction. That is how I realized the great potential to create an evidence-based app that could simplify this process and allow parents and educators to actively participate and monitor progress and areas that require further growth.” Angela Desideri M.S.,CCC-SLP, internationally recognized speech language pathologist, AAC expert, and co-creator of SpeechTree.
SpeechTree’s learning section includes 20 different lessons that incorporate ABA, evidence based principles, and comprehensive data collection. The lessons follow a systematic process that make it easy to monitor progress and continue working on areas that require further growth. Once AAC users have mastered a lesson, they can begin expanding language to 2 -3 words phrases, sentences and beyond in the SpeechTree AAC section.
Take for example Samantha. She is an 8 year non verbal girl with Autism. Her father, James, has been actively working with her using an iPad and SpeechTree AAC app.
“SpeechTree has done wonders for Samantha’s communication skills,” says James. “The data has been so important because it has allowed us to focus more on Samantha’s strengths and try to expand language using these strengths. SpeechTree gave us a place to start with the AAC process.”
“My passion is to teach parents evidence-based strategies to use apps in the home environment. I am currently working on several projects to accomplish this next step,” says Angela. The creation of SpeechTree application is only the first step in her plans to provide the needed guidance for parents and teachers to begin and expand upon the teaching process.
Find out more by visiting www.speechtreeapp.com