: News

Filed Under:

Montgomery County Mom Wants To Help Kids With Autism Speak

Play associated audio

Tyler wants his cuddles. Everyday, when the 15 year-old comes home from school, he and his mom, spend some quality time together. It calms him down. It's part of his routine. And Tyler, who has autism, doesn't like to deviate from his routine. But today, Tyler has a date with his green machine. Tyler's green machine is a speech generating device, a rectangular computer with images of words. The devices range from no-tech -- a few pictures on laminated paper -- to high tech, talking computers with icons representing thousands of words . The Prentke Romich Company makes the green machine, a model that costs between $7,000 and $8,000. With a press of a button Tyler can tell his mom that his tummy hurts, he's tired, or he wants a donut. Tyler's mother, Karen Kaye-Beall, said some parents steer clear of the devices because they're worried their children will stop speaking for themselves. But she said the machine lets her know what's on Tyler's mind. Kaye-Beall is the director of the Foundation for Autism Support and Training. A few months ago, she set up a showroom for the devices in her Montgomery County home. Jessica Gould reports...

NPR

Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
NPR

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
WAMU 88.5

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.