Just thought I’d update on the communication issues we’ve been having with Thomas. (For first time readers Tom is severely Autistic and non verbal). I was going to get him the ‘Go Talk’ system, but it was just way to expensive to get the right one for his needs. Even though I know I could get the money back via funding later, I still had to have it to start with. And I needed to do something now. Interestingly our paediatrician commented about the iPad, and showed me some communication Apps she had in her iPhone, she suggested that an iPad (when they get to Australia) may be the way to go. I told my husband this, who I know thinks I am full of it.
But I went and got the iPad mini, hehe, the iPod Touch and put all the Autism apps I could find on it, and all the ABA flash cards (which are free from Kindergarten.com on iTunes for the month of April). So far his response to it has really been good. I installed his own communication pictures into the talking application and away we went. I was quite dubious when the doctor suggested it, but it seems to working. The only problem for him so far has been the size of the Touch, it’s just not big enough for him to see all the choices available in the apps. So sorry husband I think I’m going to have to get an iPad. Georgie (Miss3 – mild/moderate on the spectrum) is also doing extremely well with it, she can operate it on her own and find the preschool apps and solve puzzles. For that alone its been worth it. I really think it is teaching her to read. And it cost me around 500 bucks less (money saved I can spend on the iPad, hehe). Now all I have to do is convince husband that it’s not for me… really, it’s not 😉