walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

the wonder that is youtube, iPad and assistive technology in general

I may have complained about this before, but it is not (currently) possible to buy iTunes episodes of Teletubbies. Lacking any other obvious and easy way to get any of the Teletubbies dvd videos onto the iPads, we resorted to YouTube. This has worked well (altho T. has been a little obsessive about the toast video) for a while, but lately, nothing we picked seemed to be the right video, and, irritatingly, T. kept erasing whatever we typed into the search box. This morning, it dawned on me (I know, I'm a little slow) that T. really wanted to be doing the typing.

So, hand over hand with the boy and the virtual keyboard. Lots of fun.

Then I had a conversation with the nice people who provide services for A., since it turns out that while their primary mission is 0-3, they'll help out with older kids, too. We were discussing possible goals for T., and I got to explaining about the switch from putting things away (never mind who was using them) to throwing toys all over the place very methodically (this is impressive when you have an entire bin of just potato head pieces), and the recent thing with the typing and playing matching games on the iPad. They don't have a lot of technology nor expertise in using it, but I said I was happy to provide all that, but R. and I (being very, very aspie ourselves) are pretty bad at helping T. figure out how to use them in a communicating sort of way.

See, when you're like R. and me, you can _write_ augmentive communication stuff, and navigate it with great facility, but we _still_ wouldn't necessarily actually be using it to _communicate_. The nice people who provide services don't seem to really believe me about this. But they will.

In any event, I've decided it is definitely time to fork over the (comparatively) big bucks for ProLoQuo on the iPad, and while I was at it, I bought ArtikPik, which it turns out is hugely amusing for T. It is a familiar enough set of exercises to what he does in paper flashcard form at the school with the speech therapist that he understood it better than I did. Funny, that. Also, half of ArtikPik is matching games. Which he is obsessed with, and in this case, is words and matching stick figure pictures, organized phonetically. Freakishly brilliant.

I haven't even started up ProLoQuo yet, but I'll try to get around to a review when I've figured some of it out.
Tags: autism, daily activities, ipad
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