It was interesting to hear about and see the apps. The presenter was a special education teacher and he uses many of the apps he talked about in his classroom. He organized the apps into categories: organization, academics, communication, social, and fun.
The communication pieces were the most impressive, and they included text-to-speech apps that make it possible for non-verbal kids to “talk” without the really expensive specialized equipment that was previously necessary.
For my son, I didn’t see anything that we “had” to have. The organization pieces such as schedulers and timers are nice to have, and may be more fun than the old tech way we do things now, but they aren’t things we cannot live without.
If we were to get an iPad, it would mostly be for the fun things and we would primarily use it when we are in situations where we want to keep Kai occupied while we have to wait, such as at restaurants.
But, as kids on the spectrum really vary by ability and needs, it’s probably best for each of you to decide for yourselves if getting an iPad is right for your child. Here are some great websites that the speaker pointed us to that may help you decide:
- Teachntech – This is the presenter’s web page. He gives a listing of some of the apps he is familiar with http://teachntech.wikispaces.com/latesttolearn
- Moms with Apps – They review child-friendly apps, and have free apps on Fridays http://momswithapps.com/
- Jon and Emily’s World – Licensed therapists who provide information about no or low-cost apps http://www.jonandemilysworld.com/
- Speech-Language Pathology Sharing – A speech-language pathologist reviews apps and their use in education http://slpsharing.com/
- App Hall of Fame – They pick twelve of the best iOS apps every month http://www.apphalloffame.com/