Good Question: How can an iPad help children with autism?

A few months ago when the Apple iPad hit stores it was touted as the newest tech gadget.

We use it everyday here on NewsFirst.

Now we've learned its more than just a gadget.

Good Question: How can an iPad help children with autism?

Kyle and Tina Carkhuff's five year old son Evan was diagnosed with autism last year.

Like many autistic children, he cannot talk, but in the last two months, astonishing progress.

"He started to play more with his brother, he is more interactive with us," says Tina Carkhuff.

The couple had purchased an iPad, then found out there are many learning apps that helped give their son a voice.

"We started using the iPad to put pictures of the food on the iPad, then Evan can tap or scroll and tells us exactly what he is looking for," says Carkhuff.

Its technology that gives a voice through pictures and through audio.

10-year old Tom Theriot was diagnosed with autism at age two.

He attends a Texas center called Spectrum of Hope that provides therapy for autistic children.

The center now uses the iPad and iTouch, its a major breakthrough for parents.

"Its a way that I am going to know my child, he is a joker and loves to laugh. We know he's laughing, but have never been able to hear about what," said Laura Theriot.

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain.

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Richard Frye says this new technology won't fix autism, but it is a critical aid.

"The iPad will fill in those gaps, fill in the places the brain isn't working and at this point that is an incredible step forward, said Dr. Richard Frye.

For families dealing with autism, a step forward is like one giant leap.

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