Technology helps develop communication skills in young people with limited speech

Technoleg yn helpu i ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu mewn pobl ifanc â lleferydd cyfyngedig / Technology helps develop communication skills in young people with limited speech

Fantastically proud of Bethan Mair Williams (BCBA), so thought I would share this with readers of my blog. The pdf attachment is in both Welsh and English. The first part of the article follows as a summary.

Bethan Mair Williams is a speech and language therapist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who works with children with special needs. She has close links with Bangor University, where she is an honorary research fellow and also supervises post-graduate students who are undertaking the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in her field of work.

In 2013, Bethan co-supervised six different research projects. One of these focussed on introducing the Proloquo2go app to teenagers with complex needs in Ysgol y Bont, Llangefni, Ynys Môn. Proloquo2go is a symbol based app designed for use by people with little or no speech which enables them to communicate their needs and wants to those around them.

Following the success of this research project, Bethan has won a grant of over £6,000 from Gwynedd and Ynys Môn Joint Autistic Spectrum Disorder Planning and Stakeholders’ Group to further develop this work. This money will allow at least five more young people and their families to have their own mini iPads loaded with Proloquo2go and other useful apps, as well as to receive full training from specialists in this field on using the devices.

Link to pdf  of full article in both Welsh and English can be found here: Talkabout