iPad Applications Help My Autistic Child Talk
Since its introduction in 2010, many parents with autistic children overcome their struggles in helping their child to talk.
An Ipad is easy to use. Besides being compact, it is handy and has a touch screen keyboard which I found beneficial to my son who has speech and fine motor problems.
Autistic children are visual learners and the iPad is an excellent way of helping them to learn visually. There are Autism iPad applications which you can download for free in iTunes. These could help your child develop his speech and language, social communication and lessen his behavioral and sensory issues.
The first thing I taught my son was to teach him different emotions of people. I downloaded this free iPad application, Autism iHelp – Emotions by John Talavera from ITunes. He enjoyed this application so much because it did not only taught him to differentiate different emotions through a variety of facial expressions but it was fun and interactive as well. He was able to learn easily all the different emotions and was able to apply what he learned in a real life social setting. This application is highly recommended for non-verbal autistic children.
When he was able to concentrate and learn the different emotions, I taught him how to develop his speech and language through this free IPad application from Tom Taps Speak – AAC for Kids by Seer Technologies, Inc. He found this easy to use because it helped him chose the words that he wanted to say through pictures. He was able to express what he wanted to say without resorting to meltdown.
He developed his speech gradually and by the time he learned how to communicate, I taught him how to understand words and instructions through this free application from Autism iHelp – Comprehension by John Talavera. The combined images and words helped my son understand simple instructions. He found this fun and enjoyable.
Another iPad application that my son enjoyed in order to build his language concept was Autism iHelp – Language Concepts by John Talavera The images and words made it easy for my son to understand the questions being asked. It was interactive and easy to use.
Whenever my son has a meltdown because of sensory overload, I always give him Sensory Magma by Sensory Apps Ltd. This IPad application used magma images that have a slow moving lava effects that change its color. My son found this soothing and relaxing combined with music that he loved to listen to. There are free music apps that you can download from iTunes like Free Music – Unlimited Music Player & Songs Album by Weihe Mo Try it!
If you want to try some more Autism iPad Applications, I highly recommended these resources. You have to pay for some of them but if you think it could benefit your child, you can also download them.
- Autism Emotion by Model Me Kids, LLC
- Sensory Training by Dewen Liu
- Autism and PDD Reasoning and Problem Solving Lite by Linguisystems
- Sand Draw: Beach Creativity, Artistic & Exotic Art by Kalrom Systems LTD
- Special Stories by Special iApps C.I.C.
- My ABC Flash Cards by Lynn Genciana
- Maths Skill Builder by Lynn Genciana
So, there you are! I gave you all the essential Autism IPad applications that my son used when he was little and also some of the additional applications that I think would be handy for your child as well.
Just a reminder that some of these IPad applications could be addictive to your child so it is best to have a scheduled time for you and your child for learning activities. This should be fun and enjoyable for both you and your child.
What are you waiting for? If your child doesn’t have an iPad yet, I recommend you to buy him one.
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I hope you find this topic beneficial to your child. If you have any questions, clarifications or suggestions, please leave it in the comments section below and I will come back to you as soon as I can.