Children with disabilities may have trouble typing or clicking with a mouse. The tablet gives students a way to communicate, feel like everyone else, interact, learn, and have fun!! Children who struggle with motor skills blow people away when they see a child with an iPad. The tablet is like a magic tool when given to a child with disabilities. They light up and take off. It is truly amazing to watch kids with tablets that have disabilities.
Read this blog about a mother's autistic son. http://www.blogher.com/ipad-nearmiracle-my-son-autism
This child (Leo) mastered the iPad through the touchscreen within one day and they have seen so many improvements with Leo. She lists lots of apps that Leo really enjoys and other interesting information. This blog is worth reading and learning about how the iPad has changed Leo. Some apps that Leo really enjoys: First Words, First Then Visual Schedule, Stories to Learn, IWriteWords, and many more.
Another app I found called, "Grace App" allows students to create sentences with pictures instead of words to communicate. This is huge for children with disabilities to communicate with others. We know tablets are not a cure, but it is very exciting to know that technology is helping children overcome cognitive and mental health challenges of all types.
Educator sharing tech information to make a difference in our students lives