iPad great for autistic children

I know, I know, we talk a lot about Apple products. And, I know, we’re Apple geeks. But be honest. Every time again, the greatness of the brand is confirmed. And every time from a different angle. Take Shannon Rosa. Shannon won an iPad in a raffle. And when she came home she gave the iPad to Leo, her nine-year-old son. Leo is autistic. He is a very slow learner, he is not conversational and can have serious outbursts of anger. But when he, almost without any training, started to play with the iPad, his mother stood in awe. Intuitively he flicked though all the icons, trying one app after another. And he started to play with apps that help him how to spell, to make puzzles and to remember pictures. For 30 minutes straight. To the amazement of his mum.

In just the few months the iPad is on the market, developers many applications especially for users with special needs. And with success. Many autism experts and parents have used the iPad with these special apps in many occasions with autistic kids all around the world. All are amazed with the results it gives. Studies already show the results on the learning abilities of some of these children. In some cases, kids have been able to communicate directly with their parents for the first time in their lives, thanks to the iPad.

Rosa is very happy she won the raffle. And full of admiration with Apple’s CEO. “I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak”, she says, “but I may erect a tiny altar for Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room.”

See SF weekly for the whole story: iHelp for Autism

3 Responses to iPad great for autistic children

  1. zanskar says:

    Hello Erik,
    Just talked about this in my blog, thanks to your article. Very interesting aspect of the Ipad ! I am already convinced about the interest of Ipad for children (play and educate with specifics apps/games, thanks to the very intuitive multitouch interface), this is another great brick in the wall.

  2. digiredo says:


    Thx for your mention in your blogpost, appreciate it. I don’t know if you already have an iPad but it really is groundbreaking. We will start experimenting soon, using this as a guideline: https://digiredo.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/how-to-use-an-ipad-in-business-right-now/

    Any chance in France?


    PS: Like your blog layout! O yeah, could you please start writing in English? The content seems pretty interesting too, but my French is lousy 😉

  3. Pingback: L'Ipad aide les enfants autistes à progresser | Zanskar's Blog

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