For those just coming in, we have three children with Autism. Our son Tom is quite severe and has very impaired communication abilities, he has never grasped writing, talking or signing. However he can communicate using pictures very well. Autistic children around the world, rely on communication pictures to tell their carers what they need. Usually this involves a folder full of little laminated pictures, like this;
This folder can get very fat as your child gets older and wants communicate more needs with you. Not only that, this folder is fiddly, you can’t add to instantly and you need to know someone or own a laminator to make up the little pictures. And then at least once a week you have to remake some because they get chewed. Now that we use an iPad/Touch, we can add to our picture library instantly. This saves Tom a lot of frustration and me a lot of stress, from the inevitable tantrum that follows when a need cannot be communicated.
Some time ago we made the transition to using an iPad (and iPod Touch) for Thomas’ communication needs, the App we use to do this is the Grace App. I’ve talked about the Grace App lots I know, but I just can’t talk about these kind of Apps enough, and finally schools and services here in Australia are starting to catch on. Read what I thought of the Grace App here and here.
However these devices and apps can be hard for families to obtain, as the initial cost can be hard to afford, and funding can be even harder to obtain as not all services can see the benefit in using them. But like I said, this is starting to change, Yay!
The lovely Lisa; creator of the Grace App, has sent me a code for a free download of her fantastic app for one of my readers that needs it. Awesome yes? So please pop a comment below if you, a friend, a school, someone in need – could use the app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad – to go in a draw for the code. This App is valued at over $45AU, so please tell your friends. I’ll draw this on Friday.
iPods for Autism people, let’s get the word out there!
During the past week or so I have transferred my blog onto a new server, so there were lots of entries received in the cross over period. Luckily I got an email for all of them, as I was not able to transfer (find) the comments over onto this post. Whoops.
So, the extra people who entered are: Janelle S, Robin R, Mike R, Sue A, Barb C, Michelle N, Sharon P, Laurel F, Mitchell P, Annette S, Thea B, SmellyJelly, Lana V, Michelle A, Jamie E, SeeSpotRun, Kerry W, LaraW, Sharna T and TeeJay.
And the winner is…. Nicki Zeith – thanks for entering, your iTunes code will hit your email inbox shortly. And thanks so much for your comments everyone, I hope I captured them all O_o Can anyone who did comment and didn’t get listed please message me, and I’ll pop an extra entry into my next giveaway for you. 🙂