Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

Summary: SFWeekly is running a feature this week about how iPads may be a "quiet revolution" for the autistic community:Though scrolling through the icons is easy for most users, the device was not created with special-needs consumers in mind.So when Leo took it in his small hands as if it were an old friend, and, with almost no training, whizzed through its apps like a technology virtuoso, his mother gasped in amazement.

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SFWeekly is running a feature this week about how iPads may be a "quiet revolution" for the autistic community:

Though scrolling through the icons is easy for most users, the device was not created with special-needs consumers in mind.

So when Leo took it in his small hands as if it were an old friend, and, with almost no training, whizzed through its apps like a technology virtuoso, his mother gasped in amazement. After he began spending 30 minutes at a time on apps designed to teach spelling, counting, drawing, making puzzles, remembering pictures, and more, she sat down at her own computer.

"With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills."

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • If the Wii changed the life of senior citizens ....

    ... it should not be surprise that another gadget can become a life changer for another group.<br><br>Now, I think we need to see the reaction of other autistic kids to see if the iPad's user friendly interface can really help or if it was just a fluke. After all, autistic children are really not dumb kids. In fact many are brilliant at something ... they just can't interact like regular people.
    wackoae
  • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

    Um...maybe it's just that it's "OS" design is simple enough that an autistic child could use it with ease. Apple does go on about how simple the interface is so this is no real surprise. This sounds like it could be a Geico commercial to be honest. "So simple even an autistic child can use it"...bad taste? You know you were thinking it.
    SpiderTech
    • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

      @SpiderTech Autism does not mean mentally challenged. It isnt the "ease" of using it but the design.
      nwdrs
  • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

    "The iPad is a great device for content consumers. ", watching moives on it with ifunia, typing a lot and manipulating content.
    pennwarren
    • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

      @pennwarren
      So are you being funny or are you being autistic...<br><br> :(
      LTV10
  • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

    Errr. And what would make them seem to like an iPad more than an iMac or a Mac Book Pro or even a netbook?
    Gis Bun
    • RE: Could the iPad change the lives of autistic children?

      @Gis Bun <br><br>The touch/visual interface. No other (mass market) computer has it quite yet.<br><br>I suspect that on average, autistic children aren't any more or less intelligent than others.<br><br>It's just that the disorder prevents them from interacting socially.<br><br>A guy I know tells me he has long conversations with his autistic son.<br><br>Online conversations, that is.<br><br>Face to face, the boy can't interact.<br> <br>It occurs to me the iPad could be like a translator for SOME autistic people, so they could choose icons and have the iPad speak for them.<br><br>And possibly, possibly... it might lead to a desensitization process that would help them interact with the world directly. <br><br>I'd heard of an approach that used Art as a bridge... it's not that far-fetched.<br><br>If the iPad can help autistic individuals develop new neural pathways around the problem... Steve Jobs will be revered as a Saint by hundreds of thousands of grateful parents.
      Jkirk3279