I'm sure you guys are probably sick of hearing about the iPad but I gotta do this.
We got one for Daniel. The minute I heard about it way back when I said I wanted one. Daniel has limited movement of his hands and arms, so has difficulty with the iTouch. So we needed something with the bigger screen. He has his PRC augmentative device which is very nice, but I wanted something smaller and lighter for him to be able to use quickly and on the go. Plus, I like to give him as many options for speech as possibly.
So for Mother's Day I asked for the iPad for Daniel. :)
Let me tell you, the kid is amazing me every chance he gets.See that pointer finger popping out? We've had Daniel using it in many different positions. In his stander, sitting on the sofa, while in his walker. He LOVES this thing. It gives him a voice, it gives him a feeling of success. He is able to make his choices ALONE.
He is able to change between the apps. He knows what "games" he likes and which ones aren't his favorite. He has even set up a play list in i-tunes (I don't know how he did it but he did!)
Here's a little snippet of a video - we had to stop because he realized I was taping him and then well....he started to ham it up! Now mind you he doesn't do alot in the video but the fact that his pointer finger is out and that he put the first three letters in the correct spot to spell CANOE is BIG BIG BIG to me.
If anyone is thinking that they might possibly want one of these who has a child with special needs...or not...I recommend it. (there is my free advertising for Apple - not that they need it!)
In the next couple days I will be putting up a list of Educational Apps that I have. We have only purchased a couple apps and the rest have been free ones.