Embracing the Technological Age
While our continued leaps forward into a more technologically focused age can leave many of us daunted, not to mention concerned about the effects our technological focus has on the creative and physical development of our children, it is not all bad.
New advances have made many devices that can be invaluable for those who have either a disability, or just need a little assistance to catch up to their peers, affordable.
For example, the University of Queensland Speech Pathology Clinic has been using a variety or iPad apps and young patients, in particular, are fans.
The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Australia have been donating iPads with specialised applications to children with autism. Clay Lewis was just one of 100 deserving recipients who is benefitting greatly from his new iPad. Check out the difference it has made to his, and his family’s, life.
Caleigh Gray, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, couldn’t even reply to yes or no questions before she got her iPad at aged two. Now there is no longer debate over whether or not Caleigh is intelligent. She clearly demonstrates that she is, now that she has the ability to communicate with others. You can read more of her story here.
With specialised speech devices costing up to $15,000, it is easy to see why parents who want to give their children the gift of communication are flocking to the cheaper tablet market, such as the iPad. These tablets, which are not specifically designed for the market of those with disabilities, have the cost advantage of being able to produce and sell large quantities.
Specialised devices do not have this luxury, however do cater for a larger variety of challenges than mainstream devices, and are eligible for medicare funding, unlike their mainstream competitors.
Bill Thompson, a school psychologist in Orange County, California, says that devices made specifically to help people speak tend to be a bit “bulky.” Also, with the popularity of tablets such as the iPad, children who may be using one to bridge the communication gap with their peers may well peak the interest of other children. This helps to normalise the situation.
For a comprehensive guide to iPad applications that are great educational and fun tools for your special needs child, check out EasyStand.com blog.
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(Feature image is of Clay Lewis playing with his iPad, donated by the Adam Scott Foundation Autism Australia: Image from Courier Mail and taken from the Daily Telegraph, Australia.)Tweet