I. Autism aids for kids/ Assistive technology/ toy/ books
Assistive technologies like Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are recommended to be used with non-verbal or minimally verbal autistic children. It is a common misconception that AACs hinder the development of verbal language. AACs have been excellent aids to help children communicate, and there have been instances where using AACs has facilitated verbal communication. AACs have been known to reduce the behavioral issues that arise due to the frustration of not being able to communicate.
Some AACs are:
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Communication boards/ books
- Computer-based applications like the Avaz app.
(Taken from Avaz’s website) Avaz is a picture and text-based app that empowers people with special needs to communicate and learn. By tapping pictures on Avaz, words and sentences get spoken out in a clear voice enabling them to communicate their needs, wants, thoughts, and emotions. These pictures can be customized to your child’s needs.
Avaz is used by people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Aphasia, Apraxia, or Cognitive impairments.