And, of course, anybody else, who might benefit from the information.
I saw that both Patricia and Petra expressed interest in the possible benefits of using I-Pads with people who have autism. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading on the subject of I-Pads and how they’ve opened up “new worlds” for people with different kinds of disabilities. Rather than post back in the Anything Goes thread, which is wonderful but which operates, sometimes, as a big black hole if you ever want to try to find anything, I’m creating this thread which people can use when they might be seeking guidance on non-Kiva related questions.
There’s a particular app for I-Pads which has been like a godsend, apparently, especially for parents of not-super-verbal kids with autism, and for people with other disabilities, too. It’s called Proloquo2Go. I first just happened to catch a Google News article on it and was interested because I have a friend who lost his speech due to a stroke. The day after I read that article, just by chance*
, I was goofing around at Donors Choose and saw that one of my favorite teachers had just put in a request for funding an I-Pad with that app for his hospital school in Valhalla, New York.
That particular funding request has already been fulfilled, but you might be interested in reading what he had to say about the I-Pad and that app. Note, too, that he mentioned a guy by the name of RJ Cooper, whom you can google. The teacher describes Cooper as a “guru in adaptive equipment.”http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=385234&verify=290234064
Rather than go totally crazy with the million links I found when researching that app and the I-Pad, I’ll just give you the generic link in google searching for “I-Pad” + Proloquo2go.http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=proloquo2go+autism&aq=6&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=proloquo&gs_rfai=CH9Ci68RpTJH-OoL-jQOA1ozyCAAAAKoEBU_Qm388&fp=ec903f46ceabe964
I also recall that there are some great youtube videos of service dogs working “miracles” with autistic kids. I might have even posted one in the Animal thread, but am not sure if I just thought about posting it or actually did.
Anyway, I hope your friends can get some help with their kids, Patricia and Petra. Only a tiny bit related, there's a really great musical, of all things, about autism. I think it's called, Autism, the Musical
. If I can find a link to it quickly, I'll be back with it.
: * I know nobody cares but it turns out that that time I was goofing around at Donors Choose, it wasn't just by chance. Mona had e-mailed me about Mr. Desimone having another project, and she knew I would probably be interested. Wanted to give credit where credit was due. Thanks again, Mona.