For the first seven years of his life, Andrew struggled to tell his mother, Beth Patitucci, when he was hungry or when he wanted to sit on her lap. On an almost daily basis, his family and teachers at school would see Andrew cry, bite on his thumbs and lash out as if in pain. But he was unable to let them know what was wrong.
Eight-year-old Andrew Patitucci now has an easier time communicating with his family because of Proloquo2go, a new iPhone application he uses on his iPod.
Andrew, who at age 8 is the size of a 3- or 4-year-old, has Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects communication and social interaction. It is characterized by low birth weight, slow growth, distinctive facial features and small stature.
But a new iPhone application Andrew uses on an iPod has opened the doors to Andrew’s mind.