In the past there have been a few electronic devices on the market to help support people with special needs, but until the iPad came along, there wasn’t much choice to be had. These older AAC devices were and still are often clunky, heavy, and incredibly expensive, with price tags upwards of $8000-$10,000. Not many people could afford access to a device, and those who could many times complained of limitations while using these devices.
The iPad has taken the special needs community by storm, and with good reason. Number one is the cost. $400-$800 is much more affordable for a device that makes so much difference in a life. Study after study confirms what parents have known all along–the iPad helps a child with Down syndrome learn.
Using an iPad helps with:
Fine Motor Skills
Communicating What the Child Knows
And Much More
The iPad is a life-changing tool for those with Down syndrome and special needs. There are thousands of apps devoted to helping children with special needs learn. Many apps are available for adults as well, helping them in life skills and communication.
The iPad is so easy to use that children simply turn it on and go. The touch screen makes it easy for little hands who may not be able to control a computer mouse to become actively involved in learning. The level of interaction between child and app is incredible–they learn so much.