iPads & Autism - Useful Resources
Today, my dear fiance actually gave me his iPad. It's a piece of technology we've had around the house for about a year now, and while it's been entertaining and fun on occasion, it's something that hasn't made it's way into his daily workflow. So, I'm trying it on now to see if I can find a way to make it work in a useful manner in my own workflow.
Well, I actually just spent about an hour working on a blog entry for tonight, but then I couldn't paste the text into this website in order to post it to my blog, and when I went back to find the original document, all the text had been deleted out, so... Obviously, there's going to be a learning curve with this whole iPad and writing thing.
However, iPads have proven to be very, very useful for many children with autism, especially with their assistance in visual scheduling as well as a communication device for nonverbal kids. It really is amazing. Shannon Des Roches Rosa has seen many benefits of the iPad firsthand with her own son, and she's put together a really nice resource for apps here on her blog. It's definitely worth a look if you're thinking about investing in an iPad and you're the parent of a special needs kid, or if you already have an iPad and you're thinking about how you may be able to utilize it to help your child meet some of his or her communication and learning goals.
I promise you that your children will get the hang of this iPad thing much more quickly than I am.