When looking for appropriate apps for children with special needs, consider what they like and how they learn. Does the child learn better with music? Is the child intrigued by flashes and colorful lights? Does the child need interactive apps to maintain attention? Does the child need cause and effect apps? Sometimes, depending on the child’s cognitive level and disability, the appropriate app would be considered.
The iPad is a valuable tool to work on visual attention, communication, and cause and effect during physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as during daily classroom activities in a special educational setting. In addition to its therapeutic value, the iPad could be amusing and fun. It is also portable (thin and light), convenient and the battery life is pretty good. The students in a special educational setting could have many limitations but enjoy the iPad and benefit from this valuable tool. The iPad is one of the few things that most students can access with motor limitations in order to learn. Research has shown that the iPad has a huge impact on a student’s ability to learn and gives the student greater independence because of its accessibility features.
Below are great websites that highlight the benefits of iPad usage for all children with special needs: (see March posts on blog for iPad apps.)
5) http://rjcooper.com/tablet-mounts/ (shows iPad/tablet mounts for wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc.)
7)h ttp://thejournal.com/articles/2013/07/10/the-top-10-ipad-apps-for-special-education.aspx (shows 10 top apps to use for children with special needs)
8) http://blog.momswithapps.com/apps-for-special-needs/ (apps for children with special needs)
9) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brad-spirrison/best-ipad-apps-for-special-needs-students_b_3660823.html (surveys the best iPad apps for children with special needs)
10) http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2011/03/09/can-apple-ipad-cure-autism/ (answers the question whether the iPad device is a “miracle device” for autism?)