HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Technology helps disabled kids find their voice

Laptop computers that combine features from popular toys with innovative technology have rapidly accelerated the learning and communication ability of disabled children, Penn State researchers say. The technology could in the future be adapted to victims of major accidents and the elderly as well.

According to Janice Light, distinguished professor of communication sciences and disorders at Penn State, more than 2 million Americans are unable to use speech to communicate, and children are a major component of this population. "Kids learn and communicate through speech by trying out new words and forming sentences," says Light. "f they can't do that due to problems such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, then it is going to be difficult to learn how to read and write, make friends, and communicate their needs."

Computer-based technology that provides speech output is increasingly being used to assist such children in communicating but Light feels it has not yet fully served its purpose.

"The design of many of these systems is really based on how adults think, and the machines are complicated and children take years learning how to use them," adds Light, who presented her findings today (Feb. 20) at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"As a result, the children miss several years of a crucial learning period and fall further behind normal children. Due to their impoverished learning environment, they're really locked in, in a way," she adds.

Light and her colleagues are currently working on a five-year research grant to redesign assistive technology to improve the ability of these children to learn and communicate in a more meaningful way. The key, she says, is to come up with technology that is appealing to children, easy to learn and simple to operate.

"We've actually brought in teams of young kids, posed a problem to them of a child who isn't able to walk and talk an
'"/>

Contact: Amitabha Avasthi
axa47@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State
20-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Stevens Roundtable: Health, Technology & Society, July 11
2. Panbio files first patent application for Homogenous Assay Technology
3. Telebriefing on NCIs Network of Clinical Proteomic Technology Assessment for Cancer Teams
4. NCI creates network of Clinical Proteomic Technology Centers for cancer research
5. Stevens Institute of Technology Roundtable
6. Technology to improve learning for visually-impaired children
7. Technology to improve care at the bedside and beyond
8. UK Select Committee on Science and Technology does not appropriately scrutinize British science
9. Technology for successful aging shown at White House conference
10. Lighting of the future among topics at BGSU Emerging Technology Forum
11. Technology helps Stanford shed new light on coronary bypass surgery

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Technology helps disabled kids find their voice

(Date:10/22/2014)... TX (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 On ... Criminal Minds featuring skin diseases both fictional and ... (CEHMDF), a nonprofit organization committed to advocacy and ... if CBS will take the opportunity to impart truth ... , There are many misconceptions about ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay ... in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is ... Obama on Friday appointed an Ebola "czar" to oversee the ... nurses who cared for a Liberian man who died of ... the U.S. cases are miniscule in the context of the ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Paperback; ... the field of Yoga & Recovery. This book is ... and thrive in a life of recovery. , Recovery ... of the 12 Steps; Recovery 2.0 is a guide for ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Healthcare professionals who are looking for ... home or on-the-go via laptops, tablets or mobile ... premium Seminar-on-Demand CE courses. The new courses add ... hours of CE course offerings, allowing therapy ... such a diverse library, there’s something for everyone. ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Prussia, PA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... recognized as an industry leader with over 25 years ... winning team leader in the areas related to EDI, ... Mr. Carlson is an Editorial Advisory Board member for ... Council Educator. Blue Fin Group is a management ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:CBS’ Criminal Minds takes aim at skin disease with Morgellons in the Mix 2Health News:CBS’ Criminal Minds takes aim at skin disease with Morgellons in the Mix 3Health News:Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself 2Health News:Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself 3Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 2Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 3Health News:Top Provider of Continuing Education at Home Releases 20 New Online Courses 2Health News:Rich Carlson and Marc Duey to Hold Workshop at CBI’s Specialty Pharmacy and Distribution Networks Conference 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014 A new report ... (Product type, Form, End user, Application and Geography) - ... Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 - 2020", ... Based on key trends tracked, it is anticipated that ... billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 6.2% from ...
(Date:10/22/2014)...  Early symptoms of diabetic eye and vision ... technology, coupled with yearly, comprehensive eye exams, are ... of eye diseases, including those associated with diabetes, ... untreated, these diseases can potentially lead to vision ... optometric researchers have deployed a new tool that ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Oct. 22, 2014 Sanomedics International Holdings, Inc. ... by Global Research & Data Services, demand for thermometers ... 2014 through 2018, as demand for more accurate digital ... is the world,s largest market for thermometers, and one ... is Sanomedics International Holdings, Inc. Sanomedics International ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Global Disposable Gloves Market Expected to Grow to $7.9 Billion by 2020 - Allied Market Research 2Global Disposable Gloves Market Expected to Grow to $7.9 Billion by 2020 - Allied Market Research 3Global Disposable Gloves Market Expected to Grow to $7.9 Billion by 2020 - Allied Market Research 4Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 2Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 3Sanomedics International Holdings Analyst Report: Taking Some Heat by BrokerBank Securities, Inc. 2
Cached News: