I'm a high school speech therapist. I have an 18-year-old Hispanic student with severe autism. He has very little vocalization but can read and write words and likes to collect images, whether online or using the built-in camera on an iPod Touch that he won at school. He spent last summer collecting photos. We're now working on updating his MyTalk screens on the iPod with his own choice of images, and I am going to show him how to create a talking photo album.
I'd say that one of the biggest benefits of choosing a popular device like the iPod and coupling it with your MyTalk technology is the potential for family involvement. This family takes the iPod on community outings, and they all take turns taking photos with your program in mind. My student's little sister loves using the device and is becoming particularly adept at it. She took a great sequence of mood shots of him for our "I'm feeling [happy/sad/frustrated, etc.]" page, and even made some simple recordings to go with the photos. She told her mother she wants to become a speech therapist now!
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