I Pad Questions

Katie - posted on 12/12/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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We are looking into an IPAD for my son. HE is non talking but does say words from time to time. He does do a little signing but do you all think that the I PAD will stop him from talking? He has used one in school and I heard it talk and asked and the kids pick something they want. Or do you think this will help him in talking?

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Janet - posted on 12/13/2011

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I would have to say that it depends on HOW you use the iPad. There are a lot of different apps for them - some that encourage speech and some that facilitate speech (or do it for him) - You'd probably want to to look towards the ones that encourage instead of facilitate.

You might want to try a site like http://www.autismpluggedin.com/ that shows reviews for particular apps. I find this helps when figuring out what I'd like to try with my kids.

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Mariah - posted on 12/16/2011

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Katie, I think that if used properly it could help, but should not be substituted for interactions with those around him. Electronic toys or devices can easily become just another "ism" or "stim", a fun and predictable activity that makes it easy to become absorbed and tune out. But, used properly in conjunction with other therapies and activities it could help. Depending on how old your child is you might also consider using the keyboard screen to allow him to try typing words. Many autistic people who can not speak well or at all are amazing typers and can communicate beautifully through typing their thoughts.

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