October 11, 2011 by Marj Hatzell
Apps have taken the world by storm. There’s an app for everything, it seems. Weather. Catholic Confessions (no, I’m not making it up. Honest, it exists). Just about anything you can think of. And yes, Rule 34 applies.
But the whole accessibility thing. Some people don’t think iPads and like models are a big, fat hairy deal. I THINK THEY ARE A BIG, FAT, HAIRY DEAL, YO. Can our kids live without them? Sure. But if you knew the kinds of things our kids can do with them? You’d think they were UH-MAY-ZING, too.
I posted that little clip yesterday showing Bugaboo interacting with the iPad. But don’t take my word for it, check out another family that has had great success with it. Here she lists her favorite apps in a handy spreadsheet. And here’s a run-down on what makes apps good for kids with autism. By the way, some of these are available for the iPod Touch, too.And there are many, many families like hers and mine who have had good things happen because of these handy-dandy devices.
Kids with special needs often interact better with technology than people, at least at first. They need a bridge to communication. Like sign language. Or PECS. Or Boardmaker. Or iPads with proloquo. And once you hook them, you can reel them in, see. But you have to hook them first. Enter technology.
But hey, what do I know? I’m just a mom. A mom who has special kids. Special kids that have benefitted from technology. And our world is different because of it. So there.
(Hey, and did you know? I wrote at Aiming Low this week? Which I do every week. For the past few months. So it’s nothing new, really. But you could go check it out because that way they keep asking me to write and I like having a job, see. So yeah. Pretty please with sugar on top?)
And yes, I’m aware there are a bajillion links on this post. Get over it. I’m trying to be helpful, yo. Last time I do that. Sheesh.