Autism treatment foundations have developed iPad programs that help autistic children to learn and communicate more easily. Just like computers, iPads are quickly picking up in their effectiveness of treating the speech and communication disorders of children suffering from autism.
The flexibility and portability of iPads wins a clear advantage for this device over the traditional desktop. The iPad can be carried along with the child, unlike a traditional computer or laptop. Also, for those children with coordination difficulties will benefit from the sliding motions of the touch pad.
Benefits of learning using an iPad
- It is portable.
- The presence of a touchscreen negates the necessity of using a stylus or mouse.
- iPads are digital parallels to papers and books.
- Constant eye movement from screen to keyboard and vice versa is not required.
- Apps are predictable, organized and accessible.
- Apps are designed to break down the learning process into clear topics and segments.
- The child can be taught to use it independently, without any parental supervision.
The only drawback of this method of training is the price of the iPad. It’s range generally varies between $400 to $800 dollars. For most families, this is an expensive affair, and therefore treatment facilities often donate them to these families.
Apart from the monetary drawback, iPads are a great option to customize the training programs for your child according to the specific developmental disorder. For an autistic child, the world is filled with images. Instead of words. With an iPad, a child will be able to create a story thread using pictures. This will help the child to communicate more effectively with his/her parents and teachers.