Thank you to Dad developer Kyle Tomson of Mobile Education Store, for letting me repost his great article on apps for high functioning autistic children who benefit from the language aspects of these apps. Kyle has a daughter, Caitlin, who is very high functioning on the autism spectrum so this topic is very near and dear to his heart, so much so that he just went and developed them himself!
The iPad is turning out to be a great communication tool for autistic children. At West Prairie South Elementary School, the iPad was introduced to help non verbal children communicate at the suggestion of their superintendent. The full article by Lainie Steelman is here. Here are some key paragraphs:
It’s a very well done app that does a thorough job of introducing letter sounds, simple words and individual lower case cursive letters. This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one. There is just something about the voice and the encouragement. At the end, for example, the game tells you, “Keep practicing!” I love that about this app!