*See G's fave iTouch apps at the end of blog, also available on iPad.
While I'm saving up for an iPad for G, I've run across numerous stories, lists and reviews on the iPad's use with autistic children. While compiling my finds into folders, I ran across a forum where many parents were looking for the same information. So I put the best info that I've found below to use myself, and for anyone who may be searching. Hope you find some great ideas. Please let me know what you find and how it helps!
Benefits of the iPad interface for autistic children
aka: How to sell my husband and/or Santa on this expensive tool!
I'm particularly interested in the app that gives rewards for eye contact, Look in My Eyes. Love it!
More of Nolan's favorites on his mom's site:
Miracles of iPad use for 10-year-old autistic Leo
More about Leo:
A long (worth it!) article about Leo and his mom, Shannon Rosa:
An article by Leo's mom, Shannon Rosa, getting into more detail on what criterion she uses to rate apps useful for Leo.
My Great Discovery
Ok, this will sound like a plug, but truly, this is the best find I've had in awhile: http://momswithapps.com%20i/ ran across their Facebook page via some obscure route (likely at 1 .a.m.) and I'm so glad I did! The site is a group of app developers who review and promote new children's apps, educate parents about apps and their specific uses for kids and look for user feedback! Awesome win-win all around. The MomsWithApps site has a tab for special needs kids, apps for learning, apps for fun and creativity, and much more. My personal favorite: APP FRIDAY! http://momswithapps.com/app-friday/ Each Friday an app is offered for FREE or great promotion (I've only seen totally free in the month of Fridays I've seen. How cool is that?
Reviews and great blogger mama:
Proloquo2GoVideo demonstrations and developer website:
Ipad as a communicator, and an inspiring lady writing a funny blog:
Help forum FAQ's
|Touted as most straightforward:|
Useful iPad apps for autistic children
Other articles/lists/reviews of apps for Autistic kids:
|First-Then Visual Schedule: $9.99|
ABA Flash Cards: Emotions
I hope this helps! Let me know if you discover any great apps for autism or parenting.
Any suggestions? I'm looking for leads on when and where to get the best deal on an iPad. Many folks I've talked to said to wait for Gen2. I may have to wait that long to save anyway. Hmmm...more time to research apps. :}
G's Fave iTouch Apps, Available for iPad
In April, for Autism Awareness Month, Kindergarten.com and other developers gave away free apps all month. I found out 1 day before the end of the month (of course!) and loaded up. Many of them are still offered free, or app lite versions. G loves all of the ABA apps from Kindergarten.com - they're colorful, encouraging and they cheer for him when he gets it right!
Finally, here's a selection of G's Fave apps for "my" iTouch. "My" is a loose term, because I never seem to get a chance to use it, with 2 techie boys in the house. These aren't autism-specific, but they work on creativity, facial expressions and dexterity. Best news: All of these apps were FREE!
|G's Fave iTouch App|
|iWash My Dogs: FREE! |
|TanZen Lite: FREE!|
|Faces iMake: FREE!|