Kitchener family encouraged by autism app

The “Look at Me Project” has 200 tablets to give away to Canadian families living with autism…

Article by Jeff Hicks published on Dec. 28, 2014 on

"Ryne Ertel, 13, spied the perfect Christmas gift for his dad, Kevin.

The gift wobbled on the store shelf. The Kitchener boy shook with delight.

It was a bobblehead of sure-handed baseball shortstop Cal Ripken, his dad's favourite player of all time.

"He was over-the-moon excited because he wanted to buy this gift for his dad," said Ryne's mom Cheryl.

And for the family of four, including 10-year-old Kyleigh, Ryne's excitement was a holiday triumph in the lead-up to Christmas.

Ryne is autistic. And the Ertels, since Dec. 5, are one of five Canadian families trying out a new interactive camera app — launched by Samsung Canada in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada — designed to help autistic kids improve eye contact and better connect emotionally with loved ones. (...) "

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