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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:59 PM
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Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism
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The Apple iPad has been hailed as a savior for assisting children with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. It was portrayed as a minor miracle in a recent segment on 60 Minutes and has been found to help even the very young quickly learn.

Anecdotally, teachers, parents and therapists describe the profound difference that apps for Apple and Android products have made in helping autistic children develop skills. IPad programs have provided a means of communicating for some children with autism who cannot speak or have language delays. Other apps help children learn to handle social situations that can be stressful, like crowds at malls. And many programs can help develop fine-motor skills, which promote functions like writing or manipulating small objects.

Sami Rahman of Houston said that his son, Noah, 3, who has cerebral palsy, was woefully behind in fine-motor skills, speech and cognitive skills before he began therapies and intervention programs. But in four months, the apps he used along with sessions with therapists and teachers have put him ahead of the curve in all these areas, Mr. Rahman said.

The iPad has lowered the cognitive base you have to have to interface with a computer, Mr. Rahman said. You touch it, and something happens.

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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:10 PM
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1. Agreed, though the utility really extends to any touchpad
My son works with the Droid OS just fine. Sorry, I spend too much money on other things for my son to afford an iPad.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 03:30 PM
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2. This Google Search will come up with many apps designed
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