Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become one of the most prevalent mental disorders over the last few years and its prevalence is growing at a rate of 10-17% per year according to the Autism Society of America. ASD is a developmental disorder that afflicts more than 500,000 children in the United States and is characterized by a wide variety of possible symptoms such as developmental disabilities, extreme withdrawal, lack of social behavior, severe language and attention deficits, and repetitive behaviors. One of the primary impairments is difficulty with communication.  
  More information about autism can be found at the National Institutes of Health, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America, among others.  
    Information Technology for Autistic Children (Computers and Software)
  Research and therapy that leverages IT is still in its infancy in this area even though several therapists and researchers point to the need for more applications that help integrate autistic persons in society and help them and their families achieve a higher quality of life.  
There exist assistive devices to help autistic persons communicate, but there is a lack of electronic devices and software suitable for early intervention. The existing communication devices are either low-tech without usage feedback or high-tech but unsuitable for early intervention.
We focus on early intervention for autistic children and their families while providing therapists unprecedented access to usage data by the very young or several autistic.