If a child is diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder they can be high or low functioning, may be verbal or non verbal and have challenges when it comes to learning basic skills and attending school. They do not learn in the same way that the mainstream students learn and need specialized programs and support to be integrated into the school system.
IPads and their specialized Apps are giving families with autistic children new hope.
The technology is affordable and easy to use.
These tools are changing and revolutionizing lives....
60 minutes did a segment which illustrates exactly what we were learning about in our workshop
it's about 13 minutes long and I feel that you'll have a far greater understanding and appreciation for the impact of this technology after viewing this clip.
I have an IPhone and have downloaded some of the free Apps to test them.
One autistic student in my class has been hooked from the first swipe and his eyes light up when he uses it!
An IPAD is on my Wish List now.
Steve Jobs and his creative and talented team have made an amazing product.
I don't think they thought about or focused on this aspect of society when they were designing the IPAD.
The IPAD is giving new hope and a voice to the autistic community.
Parents of autistic children are moved to tears when they see what a difference this tool makes to their children.
It's pretty humbling...
I understand why so many people felt compelled to bring flowers to the Apple stores when Steve Jobs passed away.
Our lives have been forever changed by this visionary.
Beyond the ASD students we are using it with our other special needs students. Two of our Down's syndrome students have their PECS systems on the IPAD. PECS is a communication tool where the student and teacher, assistant or parent engage in dialogue using symbols. This tool has reduced and virtually eliminated frustrating behaviours that result from an inability to communicate wants and needs.
I am passionate about this field and although this is not a usual Hostess post I felt that I would share some of this news in hope that you might better understand what our special needs members of society are excited about.
If you have a special needs relative and the family has an IPAD a great gift would be an ITUNES card. There are hundreds of fabulous Apps out there, some of which are free. I would suggest that you do some research before buying by visiting sites that review and critique these products because there is an overwhelming amount of apps out there!
For reviews and suggestions of apps check out Dr. Gary Brown's site
another site that might be of interest is I Educational Apps Review.
I hope that you have followed me this far in the post and have learned something new...
my next post will be something more fluffy I promise!
It's our son's birthday today
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