iPhone Creates Autism Breakthrough

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Have any iPhone apps literally changed your life? I’m willing to bet that they haven’t, unless you are someone like Grace Domican Grace is a ten-year-old little girl who lives her life with Autism. The iPhone has given Grace a voice she never was able to have before.

Her mother, Lisa Domican, created a picture-based iPhone app to help the child communicate. The tool has been so successful for Grace and her family that they are running it as a trial in a school for Autistic children based in Ireland. The Grace app is essentially a digital version of the Picture Exchange Communications System – a book of laminated pictures attached to a board by velcro that allows children with autism to build sentences and communicate.

“Children with autism are often unable to use and understand expressive language because the developmental disability means those parts of the brain don’t work. Some children with autism go on to develop speech, while others never do. With the app, Grace has access to more than 400 symbols and photos in the palm of her hand. She can add new ones herself by taking pictures with the phone’s camera.”

An app like this could potentially be a life-changer for many people – both children and adults. It won’t be restricted to only helping those with Autism. The Grace App could be used for stroke victims, people afflicted with various other diseases and all people who cannot speak due to injuries. It’s important to note that this app is fully customizable to each person’s needs simply by snapping pictures and adding them to the album.

Thanks to Grace and her mother, a new way of communication is opening up for thousands of people. It will be an exciting – and beautiful – thing to watch develop.