Since its release in April, parents of children with autism are describing the iPad as revolutionary…here is a mom’s perspective of how the iPad and specialized apps have helped her son improve academic and functional skills.
My son Leo’s life was transformed when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a brand-new iPad. I’m not exaggerating. Before the iPad, Leo’s autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication. With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills. People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad. I’m impressed, too, especially when our aggressively food-obsessed boy chooses to play with his iPad rather than eat. I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room.
An inspiring and well written story, Shannon Des Roches Rosa provides an inspiring and well written article on how she has used an iPad with her own son. Tools discussed include augmentative communication apps like iCommunicate, social stories apps like Stories2Learn, and scheduling apps like First Then Visual Schedule.
She also posts some incredible videos of her son using the apps. Well worth the read!