Assistive technology app helps students with special needs communicate

special-needs“I want chicken nuggets.”

Those were the first words Cassie Banda-Garcia’s parents Jojo and Sofia Garcia could clearly hear her say.

“The first thing she said was ‘I want chicken nuggets,’ not ‘I love you’ or anything like that, she said ‘I want chicken nuggets,” Sofia Garcia said laughing.

In the past few months, Cassie, who has difficulty speaking because she has Down syndrome, has been using the Proloquo2go — a symbol supported communication application that gives a voice for people who cannot speak — on her iPad.

“Without the iPad, she would get very frustrated with us,” Sofia Garcia said. “Her comprehension skills are there. She understands everything and she wants to communicate with us but she could not verbalize it and that made it very frustrating.”

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