Living in the world which does not understand you can be the cause of many frustrations for children, confirms Miranda, the mother of a five-year-old Nikola. Although he has a rare illness which prevents him to speak, it does not mean he cannot communicate. For him and his family using assistive communication was crucial to improve their mutual understanding, and has greatly simplified their everyday life.
Nikola uses a tablet with special applications, which enable him to express what he needs and wants, make decisions, and communicate his feelings to his family. It is now far easier for his thoughts to reach other people. He is happier, more satisfied, and full of confidence.
Many children with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual or speech impairments have difficulties making themselves understood in their environment.
With the aid of assistive communication, the usage of applications and computer programs, children can more actively engage in communication, make decisions, learn and realize their potentials. Their parents can better understand and support them. Using technology in therapy can also encourage speech development in children.
We need your help to make the voice of children with communication difficulties be heard and understood!
Your donations will help children with developmental difficulties and their families by enabling the following:
- individual approach in using high technology for assistive communication in therapeutic work
- development of new applications for assistive communication for children aged 0 to 7
- raising the knowledge level of parents and caregivers about the way to the applications and assistive communication
- education of experts (speech therapists, rehabilitators and educators/pedagogues) for a systematic and appropriate usage of assistive communication.
We extend our warm thank you to UNICEF corporate friends, who will ensure the necessary computer equipment for assistive communication for children with developmental difficulties.
Although he does not speak, Nikola communicates - with his eyes, his smile, yells, cough, pointing and reaching out with his hands, turning his head, and of course, all of the aids we use in assistive communication
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