Technology

When we started an autism program for Adrian we started with a PECS board his Special Education teacher had made for home use. Then I started looking into the ipod touch. We bought an iPod touch and then I found a website that had a lot of useful information about apps that I will list below.

http://www.autismepicenter.com/autism-blog/blog2.php/2010/10/23/autism-apps-that-will-help-you

I have used two apps of this list so far. Those are Tap to Talk and First Then Visual Schedule. Both apps have worked well for our son.

Tap to Talk is currently free on itunes and can be used with an ipod touch, iphone or ipad. You get a starter set of images such as go or drink and then three or four choices. If you want different options or to make your own options you can pay a one year subscription fee of $99.95. Our son is verbal, but has a hard time asking for help so this helps when he uses it.

First Then Visual Schedule is 9.99 on iTunes. The reason I love this app is simple. My son is very literal. That being said I can take pictures of all of his things ie. His own toothbrush so when he sees the photo he is not telling me that’s not my toothbrush. If your child is not literal or does not mind photos that aren’t exact this app also has a photo catalog. You can create as many schedules as you need and edit them too.

I also have an autismxpress app that shows facial expressions and matches them with a sound effect.

And a parents flash card app. This one has letter flash cards and a tracing activity.

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About The Spectrum Mom

I am mom to two amazing children!! Jade my oldest is ten and Adrian is 7. My life happens to have one beautiful blessing in disguise the chance to be a mom to a child on the Autism Spectrum. Adrian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on May 28, 2010 shortly after his sixth birthday. Since the start of our lives on the spectrum I have read books, watched numerous programs, found therapists, tried to navigate the public school system and special education. Looked into special diets (Adrian is currently on GFCF and we have seen tremendous improvement) and tried various medicines to help him. In addition to ASD Adrian also is diagnosed with ADHD and a seizure disorder BRE. This blog will mostly be about ASD and my life caring for Adrian.

Posted on June 30, 2011, in Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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