With autism affecting one in 110 children, more and more families are facing the question of what presents to buy and what holiday activities to plan for children with autism, who are often sensitive to over stimulation. MyAutismTeam, the recently launched social network for parents of children with autism, asked their nearly 14,000 parent members for their recommendations.
For high tech gifts, I have selected: the Kobo eReader from Borders, and several iPad cases since I am buying one for my husband. I have been reading that the iPad is one of the most requested gift items this year from kids. I believe it because the Apple store was packed when I went in last Friday afternoon!
Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader (iPad, Kindle, etc.)? Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):
I can not rave more about OceanHouse Media’s Dr. Seuss iPhone app books and iPad app books. They really get it. The ebook is a different medium than a print book and therefore should have different — ENHANCED — functionality that truly makes it a different, and yes, possibly better, experience than a traditional book.
Once upon an App has these two cute iPhone or iPad applications for learning colors called Fruits and Veggies. This is a delightful way to occupy toddlers or preschoolers who want to learn their colors while waiting at a restaurant.