Deakin Week 2012 - TOBY Playpad - Helping children with autism





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Published on Oct 2, 2012

TOBY Playpad - revolutionary new technology designed to support the learning needs of children with autism, was officially launched at Deakin University's Melbourne City Centre on Wednesday 5 September during DeakinWeek.

The TOBY software provides support to carers, parents and practitioners and is designed to form a partnership between parent and child. Operating on the popular iPad, to not only deliver a unique form of engagement through games and tasks, but also a tailored program of activities that integrate skill expansion with daily life and experiences of the children.

The technology was developed by Professor Svetha Venkatesh from Deakin University's Strategic Research Centre, PRaDA (Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics) and is the culmination of a partnership between a number of organisations, including Autism West and Curtin University. The multidisciplinary team behind the software is committed to improving learning opportunities for children with autism.

Launched by Deakin University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander to an audience of industry partners, medical practitioners, parents, carers and community members, the technology is set to revolutionise therapy for autistic children.

Professor Venkatesh led a panel discussion about the development of the software and the difference it can make to the lives of young children diagnosed with autism and learning spectrum disorders.

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