iPads help Cobram students communicate

By Cobram Courier

Three Cobram Specialist School students have help to communicate with staff and fellow students thanks to new iPads.

The new devices were made possible with the support of State Schools’ Relief, which funds the purchase of learning equipment or items such as school uniforms.

CSS welfare officer Bec Einsporn said the iPads allowed non-verbal students to communicate far easier.

‘‘State Schools’ Relief have been very supportive and that has been fantastic,’’ she said.

‘‘The iPads will allow the students to communicate using a whole range of apps and this access allows them to express their wants and needs in a more effective way.

‘‘It will help us help them to follow instructions, request items using single symbols or to extend their language skills through AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) apps.

‘‘Having a device of their own, it’s essentially given them a voice they never had before.’’