• Shocking Autism Incidence Rates

    In March, 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent update on the rates of autism in the United States. The numbers are staggering, indicating a rate of 1 out of 88 eight-year-old children (1 out of 54 of boys and 1 out of 252 of girls). Review of rates over the past several years indicates a skyrocketing increase—the CDC data shows an increase of 78% in autism rates from 2002 to 2008. While unanswered questions remain regarding the cause of this increase, one thing is very clear: public health action is needed to help children and families dealing with autism.

    CDC Autism Rates

  • TalkingTILES: Helping Stroke Patients

    The objective of TalkingTILES is to assist those people who have a speech impairment. These impairments can be the result of a brain injury caused by a stroke causing aphasia. The effects on one’s speech can range to becoming non-verbal to slurring. TalkingTILES enables these stroke victims to be able to express their needs, wants as well as helping them to regain speech.

    AphasiaAfter a stroke, many suffer loss of speech. They develop speech problems such as not having the ability to control their speech and/or can’t speak clearly. I remember how my grandfather would become so frustrated when we couldn’t make out what he was trying to say. The TalkingTILES app would have helped him tremendously and extinguished his daily frustration with himself and with his family! Family members feel better knowing they could better care their loved one by being able to understand exactly what they wanted.

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