Answer Key: Siri and Autism

Lesson Plan: Apple’s Siri  Helps Autistic Child

While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. isolates |ˈīsəˌlāt| verb- cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others: a country that is isolated from the rest of the world.
  2. ubiquitous |yo͞oˈbikwətəs| adjective- present, appearing, or found everywhere: cowboy hats are ubiquitous among the male singers.
  3. obsession |əbˈseSHən| nounan idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind: 
  4. capacity |kəˈpasitē|  noun- the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something: I was impressed by her capacity for hard work 
  5. brusque |brəsk| adjective- abrupt or offhand in speech or manner: she could be brusque and impatient.
  6. emphatically |emˈfatik(ə)lē| adverb- in a forceful way or manner.
  7. species |ˈspēsēz, -SHēz| noun- ( pl. same ) ) Biology: a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.
  8. terrapin |ˈterəˌpin|  noun-a freshwater turtle, esp. one of the smaller kinds of the Old World. Also called turtle.
  9. access |ˈakˌses|  verb- Computing obtain, examine, or retrieve (data or a file).
  10. cracked him up idiom- Laughing very hard almost to the point of crying. That comedian really knows how to crack up an audience.

Reading Comprehension


“For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had. Admittedly, it was about different species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory. I can promise you that for most of my beautiful son’s 13 years of existence, that has not been the case.”

Correct order of  words:

  most, Siri, practice, Siri, translating, facility, species, red-eared slider, terrapin, logical, beautiful 

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage


Siri is a nonjudgmental friend.


Most of us use our phone to access information.


I was having a bad day.