Boy With Autism Uses Device to Communicate

By: Erika Tallan Email
By: Erika Tallan Email

Statistically 1 in one 110 children are diagnosed with autism.
It's higher in Lincoln. Lincoln Public Schools says more than 500 of their 36,000 students have autism. That's 1 in every 77 kids.

With that comes challenges in the classroom. LPS has devised lesson plans that gives the students more support. Second grader Jacob Martinez is pulled out of his class 3 times a day to work with another teacher one-on-one. He uses a computer called a DynaVox to help him communicate.

"In the classroom it's used a lot as an educational tool. When the rest of the kids are practicing writing their spelling words he can type his. When he goes back to a guided reading group with his classroom teacher and she asks a question like who was in this story? Jake can use it to tell her who was in the story," said Keri Schomerus, Jacob's Teacher.

Friday night at 10, hear more about the device and how it's allowing Jacob's voice to be heard.


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