28 Aug '11, 9pm

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SINGAPORE - Communicating with her special needs child Sukhveer Singh used to be "frustrating", his mother admitted. The eight-year-old could only utter monosyllabic words, and Mrs Singh could hardly understand what he wanted. But with the help of communication charts comprising pictures and symbols at Rainbow Centre Singapore, which Sukhveer attends, he is now able to communicate in complete sentences. "Before, he could only say he wanted to 'makan' (eat)," Mrs Singh said. "Now, he can use various symbols to tell me what he wants to eat, such as rice, noodles or cake." The communication charts are among the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices introduced by the Rainbow Centre Singapore in an effort to boost its students' communication skills. Generally known as assistive technology, these devices have had "a positive impact on the users", according to ...

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