"I always get a strong desire to be a productive part of society."-Jennifer Lowe
The Apps for Autism video showed how students who may not normally be engaged in certain content have an increased attention and motivation to learn when using technology. It was interesting to see how Jennifer suddenly was engrossed in learning to count when an iPad was placed in front of her. Not only can technology increase a student's attention span, but it increases their desire to socialize and communicate.
The video Maya Finds her voice was amazing to watch as we saw her unable to use verbal language in the beginning, and then speaking verbally in the end. I think sometimes it is assumed that if children rely too much on an iPad to speak, they won't ever use verbal language. However, this video truly shows how the use of an AAC device can promote a child's verbal language acquisition.
The video Only God Could Hear Me showed how important it is to give all people a voice. Both Jennifer and Chris had so much to say, but before they had their AAC devices, they had no way of communicating this. The quote above which was said by Jennifer emphasizes how AAC devices allow people who are nonverbal to be productive members of society. Without these devices, no one would hear all of the great ideas they have to contribute.