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Three-year-old Julia du Boulay, who has autism spectrum disorder, will be able to use her iPad to support early intervention therapy with the app TOBY Playpad.
Caitlyn Patman Three-year-old Julia du Boulay, who has autism spectrum disorder, will be able to use her iPad to support early intervention therapy with the app TOBY Playpad.

A developer of the nationally-recognised iPad app that aids development in autistic children will be flying to Geraldton for workshops.

Parents and professionals are invited to attend the workshops held by Aidan’s Place this Friday, October 19.

The app, called TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You) Playpad is the result of ongoing research conducted at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth and Deakin University, Geelong.

WA-trained speech pathologist and development team member Wendy Marshall will present a hands-on session to help participants get to know the early intervention tool.

Geraldton speech pathologist Kathryn Fitzgerald said the app was suited to young children with autism as well as children with developmental delays.

“This app isn’t a game,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“It’s a program to support early intervention therapy.”

Parents and guardians are invited to attend a free workshop starting at 9.30am on Friday, October 19.

A second workshop for professionals will be held for a fee, starting at 1pm.

This workshop will suit professionals including allied health workers, therapy assistants, teachers, education assistants and child care workers.

Registration is essential and can be made by emailing info@aidansplace.org.au or calling 9938 0793.

For more information on TOBY Playpad visit www.tobyplaypad.com.