Children with speech and communication problems are benefiting from apps designed for the iPad.

“Before she got an iPad at age two, Caleigh Gray couldn’t respond to yes-or-no questions. Now Caleigh, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, uses a $190 software application that speaks the words associated with pictures she touches on the “tablet” device.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s $599 device threatens to make obsolete specialized speech machines that can cost as much as $15,000:

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