I am not yet a parent. Though I am an aunt to 3 toddlers, I still do not make parental decisions on a daily basis. One tool I’ve seen, especially in younger parents, is the use of electronics at a young age. This is a pretty controversial subject in the parenting world, according to my mommy friends.
Children with Autism and iPad
Are children too young to be playing games on your iPad? Are they too young to always be looking at a screen? I want my kids to play outside and experience the dirt and the bugs. As insignificant as they may seem, those experiences can help shape us as adults. However, there can be many advantages to playing games on tablets and learning new apps. A study done by Common Sense Media says that there is a difference between active time and passive time playing on tablets.
Apps to Improve Communication Skills
There are many learning apps and games for children of all ages. In fact, there is a new iPad learning app that is designed to help children and young adults with autism to significantly improve their conversational skills.
I Can Have Conversations With You! – Application for Children with Autism
This new app was created by a speech pathologist, Karen Kabaki-Sisto. It is a social language therapy system that teaches autistic children how to begin a conversation, to maintain one, and to end a conversation. It teaches the children gestures and body language and how to understand and express words and feelings that might occur during a conversation with someone.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that autism rates have risen over the last ten years, so now is a perfect time for this app. The goal of this app is to create a non-conventional and interactive approach to overcome the current hurdle faced by children with autism. So far, the response to this app from parents and other speech therapists has been positive. This app is available for iPad only. It is in the iTunes Store for $9.99.