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January 9, 2013

How the iPad Has Become a Tool for Helping Kids with Autism

iPadA May 15, 2012 report from CNN titled “iPad gives voice to kids with autism” (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/ipad-autism) written by Supraja Seshadri discusses the profound impact this technological tool is having on children with a variety of developmental and communication issues. The article begins by telling the story of Siddiqui and Ayza Sheikh from Maryland and their daughter Sharia. Sharia was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was provided speech, occupational and behavior therapies, but she still struggled with communication.

In 2010 the Apple’s iPad was released and not long after Sharia began to use the iPad. Siddiqui says, “before having the iPad, Sharia’s only way of communicating was crying. She was non-verbal and had no way of expressing what she wanted or how she was feeling. What the iPad has done has given her a sense of control that she never had before.” “She knows when you touch it, something is supposed to happen,” he continues, “she knows she doesn’t need to cry, she needs to point.”

Sharia has now been exposed to apps such as Proloquo2Go, First Words, ABCs and Me and Puzzle Me, and she has even been able to begin to form simple sentences.

iPad Apps for Kids with Autism

There are now hundreds of educational and therapeutic apps available for parents interested in using the iPad with their child. Parents can even create apps based on their child’s unique individual needs. The report continues with the story of Tricia Estrada of San Diego. Estrada has developed specific apps for her son Evan. She says, “the most appealing facet of the iPad is its mobility.” Now Evan can learn new concepts any time during any activity and in any location.

Summer Camps for Differently-Abled Children

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