ipad app trial for autistic children (3-15 years) with little language

Your child is invited to take part in a research study sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, evaluating a new iPad’app’.

The app, called ‘Point OutWords’, trains people to control movements of their fingers, hands or mouths. Some children with autism find it very difficult to use speech to communicate, but research and feedback from patients and families has suggested that a proportion of children understand quite a lot of language but find it difficult to make the movements needed to speak.

Dr Matthew Belmonte, a psychologist in Nottingham Trent University, has developed an iPad game specifically to help children learn the motor skills needed to speak.

We need to find out if it is practical and enjoyable for children and families to use, and work out the best way to carry out a clinical trial of this intervention.

Before you decide if your child can take part it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Contact details if you are interested in taking part in the study:

Dr Emma Weisblatt, 01733 777939, or email  eiw44@cam.ac.uk