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Breaking the Silence: Non-verbal student speaks through technology.

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- Nine-year-old Michael can only say one word: Ma. He calls for his "Ma" when he's frustrated or upset at school.

Michael attends Metro School uptown Charlotte. It focuses on educating special needs children.

Shelly Gresham, a second year educator, is Michael's teacher. She used to teach him using flash cards, but had little success. Shelly says he would look at the florescent lights in the classroom.

Recently, Shelly brought her iPad to class to use with Michael. She says there was an immediate switch. Michael now participates in lessons, advancing in his education.

Shelly uses a free app called ChoiceBoard Creator. It uses visual and auditory cues to lead the student through the lesson.

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