Mark Arnold  & Kay Morgan-Gurr at the Digital Children conference on Technology and the Additional Needs:

Mark’s young son uses his iPad at home, school and church

  • Proloquo2Go (www.assistiveware.com) used by Mark’s 11 year old son.  Not cheap, about £150 for the app, pre-tablet devices it was up to £2,000 for a communication pad.  Enrique (aged 9) and his family showed us how it helped him to communicate.  Never been able to vocalise “please be quiet” until then – so powerful.
  • Grace (www.graceapp.com) is cheaper at £18 but didn’t work for Mark’s son.  He could engage with it, and helped the school to know that he needed proloquo2go.
  • Grid Player (www.sensorysoftware.com) is a free app which can be used as a test to help know if this type of software can be of use.

Other useful apps:

  • Bubbles – helps him relax by popping bubbles
  • Mood light – changing colour of screen at a slow rate is very calming
  • Fluid
  • Flow

Sometimes it is used for communication purposes and sometimes for enabling them to stay within the programme.

Singing songs using pre-programmed voices with children for voices.  The iPad has increased options for the blind, those with cerebral palsy, through speech to text and text to text.  Children will talk and say “open up facebook” and speak their post – enabling them to communicate and socialise where they couldn’t before.

  • Social Media: Some children with autism can’t come to church but through facebook can be an integral part of the youth group.
  • File sharing: send worksheets and song words so that children can set the words and sheet to the right size and colours etc.
  • Reading Bibles: 20 years ago buying special Bibles from the USA but now on their tablet, Youversion is not helpful in terms of size of font and is in a serif font.
  • Skype and Podcasts: life limiting disorders shouldn’t prevent them from interacting and participating in what is happening.
Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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