I could not wait to hear my son’s sweet voice again. After he regressed into autism, I prayed every day to hear him speak as he had before. He had 25 words at 20 months of age, regressed and did not speak again until he was five years old.
With hundreds of hours spent patiently working with him-along with a whole team of people-it still took four years for his speech to return. If only we would have had today’s technology available then, I feel he would now be far more advanced and it would have been so much easier for him to learn.
Grade level! He is working at his grade level right along with his peers because of one piece of technology: the iPad. It has been an absolute “magic bullet” for my son’s communication, social interaction, fine motor skills and learning appropriate play skills. Who would have thought something as simple as a touch screen could advance my son more in one year than he had progressed in the previous four years?
Hindsight is 20/20. I truly have tried to forget those non-verbal days; the tantrums and the tears my son and our family had to endure due to his inability to communicate his wants and needs to us was incredibly challenging to say the least.
We were truly blessed to be able to budget purchasing the iPad for him but many in the autism community simply cannot afford this life changing gift. We’ve all seen the giveaway offers on the social media sites, many are gimmicks and simply too difficult to maneuver. I would love it if every child affected by autism could benefit from this electronic miracle and I have found an amazing resource to share with all of you!
I would like to introduce you to an amazing company: The Puzzling Piece. Owner/founder Melissa Winter has made it her mission to create awareness and is placing iPads in the hands of people touched by autism as well as making donations to autism based-charities. Why? Because she has a child affected by autism and understands the benefits of the iPad for our kids and wanted to make a difference-it’s that simple.
She is offering an iPad Challenge. If you, for whatever reason, would like to have an iPad for your child she will help you receive one with a very unique fundraising opportunity. Several of my friends have done the iPad Challenge. Melissa has already given away over 100 iPads since starting this fundraising idea. Please check out her website and her beautiful products and learn how you can get an iPad for your child. www.thepuzzlingpiece.com
The iPad has given my son a new voice. It has helped him in all areas including:
- Eye contact
- Social situations
- Over stimulating environments
- Every area of his school work
- Reinforcing appropriate behavior
- Daily living skills
- Learning new skills (video modeling)
- Staying engaged
My son met all of his IEP goals after we started implementing the iPad and is working at his grade level in all areas except math and reading comprehension. We are adding those to the “to do” list in this year’s IEP. This is well over and above what I ever expected it could be in such a short time.
I hope this post was helpful to you. Feel free to post any questions or comments and please do contact Melissa if you want information on the iPad Challenge.
Until next week, happy trails to you and yours!