Kim Musgrave loves the way the iPad captures the attention of her son, Luke. Luke is 14 but functions at about a 2-year-old level due to his struggle with cerebral palsy. Musgrave recently shared her app recommendations for kids with special needs during a parent support group meeting at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Kim Musgrave’s iPad has opened up a whole new world for her son, Luke, who has cerebral palsy and cortical vision impairment. Although he’s 14, he functions at the level of a 2 year old. But with the help of several iPad apps, Luke is able to communicate with other kids in a fun and interactive way.
App developers are creating tools that autistic children can use to cope with social and emotional situations that challenge them at home, at school, and pretty much anywhere they tote a mobile device. These devices can be a cost-effective solution for parents, school administrators and healthcare providers looking for ways to serve the unique needs of this growing population.
We’ve officially entered generation tech. A study by Internet security company AVG found that more kids ages 2 to 5 can play computer games than ride a bike. And while the availability of technology can certainly create concerns with overuse, they have a very real and valuable place in our lives.