Autism, Science, Web/Tech

Talking Head to Help Autism

The Animated Speech Corporation use software to teach deaf children to speak and are now promoting it for use with autistic children. The software uses a carefully animated head that has human speech patterns and movements for the children to watch and listen to. There is a research section on the company’s website which references the paper Development and Evaluation of a Computer-Animated Tutor for Vocabulary and Language Learning for Children with Autism. It concludes: "The research indicates that children with autism are capable of learning new language within an automated program centered around a computer-animated agent, multimedia, and active participation and can transfer and use the language in a natural, untrained environment".
The software costs US$99 for a home licence.