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iPad Apps That Help Autistic Children’s Development(Video)

First Posted: 08-18-10 10:17 AM   |   Updated: 08-18-10 11:39 AM 

The mother of Nolan, a young boy diagnosed with autism, found herself pleasantly surprised by what technology could do to help her son’s development.

Nolan’s mom created a list of fun iPad apps that are also useful for learning social skills, fine motor skills, language and communication skills, sensory skills and others.

This video highlights a few of her and Nolan’s favorites, like Tom the Talking Cat, who repeats back out loud whatever you say — just the way you said it — so kids can hear themselves as they tell a story.

“I love how he encourages my child to communicate and build his vocabulary,” Nolan’s mother said.

A complete list of autism-friendly iPad apps can be found at BookroomReviews.com.

Source/Includes Video:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/ipad-apps-for-autism-and-_n_686020.html


iPads And Autism

I have friends who have children with autism, and therefore articles about autism catch my eye. I am glad that James Kendrick recently blogged about the experience one mom had when she won an iPad and gave it to her autistic son to try. Shannon Rosa wrote in a blog post on BlogHer after giving her son the iPad, “With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills.”

Shannon’s post goes on to describe some of the apps that her son is using on the iPad and how he is using them. Back in April I wrote about an iPhone app that implements the Picture Exchange Communication System, which is a visual communication tool often taught to autistic children so that they can communicate. It has been often said about how intuitive touchscreens are, and it seems to me that how autistic children use them is proof of that claim.

It’s easy for those of us who use mobile technology day in and day out to take the technology for granted. Stories such as Shannon’s remind us that this technology is having a very positive impact on people’s lives.

Source:  http://www.mediabistro.com/mobilecontenttoday/ipad/ipads_and_autism_171137.asp

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