Mobile apps allow non-verbal individuals to construct and "speak" simple sentences
Oliver Wendt, Assistant Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Educational Studies, has developed SPEAK all!™ and SPEAK more!™ — two mobile applications for speech and language intervention in non-verbal learners with severe autism.
Programming was completed in collaboration with the Purdue Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. SPEAK all!™ is a sensory-friendly communication app that allows people to construct and speak out simple sentences via graphic symbols. SPEAK more!™ targets vocabulary learning and enhances complexity of utterances in autistic learners who communicate via tablets or other speech-generating devices. Both applications are derived from clinical research on the efficacy of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in autism.
This research has been funded by the Organization for Autism Research, the Indiana CTSI, the Purdue Center for Families, and the Purdue Innovation and Commercialization Center – Information Technology. Dr. Wendt's development of SPEAK all!™ was recognized with the 2013 Focus Award for outstanding contribution to the furthering of Purdue University's commitment to disability accessibility.