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Disability Profile - Autism


Autism - With Assitive Technology devices and solutions from Tobii communication can be helped

Autism is a complex developmental disorder which affects and impairs social, communication and behavioral functions in individuals. The impairment of these functions caused by the disorder impacts the ability of the patient to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. With Assitive Technology devices and solutions from Tobii communication can be helped.

Autism is typically detected in children between the ages of one and four, and despite a great deal of research, there is no agreement on what actually causes autism, but it’s likely that both genetic and environmental factors play a part.

It may be that the person affected is entirely non-verbal, or that their language development and vocabulary is rigid, limited and slow to develop. Some individuals who do speak may be unable to start or take part in a two-way conversation, or they may repeat certain key words or phrases.

Though autism cannot be cured, there are a wide range of therapies and tools that can be used to assist those affected. Sensory integration therapy and play therapy can help individuals come to terms with the world around them.

When it comes to communication, Tobii has developed a range of Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) solutions to help individuals affected by autism to explore and develop their communications skills. Users can tailor these assistive technology solutions as their skills progress, allowing them the flexibility and freedom to develop at their own pace.

For example, static assistive technology devices such as the Tobii S32 can be updated with new communications pages based on pre-designed templates, allowing the device to change and adapt as the user’s communications skills develop. It is portable and durable enough to be carried between home, school, work and the playground, and is easily personalizable.

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