Sunday, May 26, 2013

Autism Apps for iPad - Trey's Pick #1

There are so many apps out there that are designed to help children of all ages with Autism.. it's GREAT! However, as a parent, finding the right ones to help your child, it can be overwhelming!  There are literally thousands now with new ones popping up each day.

Before you spend lots of money on apps, try out the free ones first to see if it is a good "fit" for your child.  As the saying goes, if you meet one child with Autism, you've met one child with Autism.  Therefore, an app designed for an Autistic child, may not work for your child's needs.

 Many of the free apps are basically lite or limited versions for you to try and are then given a choice to unlock sections or buy the full version.   There are different type apps too.. for communication, learning, schedules, or just plain fun.

The apps we have are for an iPad, but most of them are also available for Android as well.

I have had lots of friends on my Autism Momma Facebook page ask me what Autism apps I have for my son Trey.  I will feature the ones that work for him personally and hopefully they will give ideas of the type your child can benefit from.  Most of the apps we have for Trey are not only Autism apps for speech and communication, but are also geared towards his love of letters, words, and reading (Hyperlexia).

 TREY'S PICK #1 - "Baby Sign and Learn"

The "Baby Sign and Learn" app shows different babies signing and speaking words.  It has been a wonderful app for Trey to not only learn to sign some words, but also help with his speech.  He was nonverbal until just a few months ago at age 3 1/2.  I love using this app to encourage his speech and communication skills!

Here is a clip of Trey using the "Baby Sign and Learn" app:

 This app had a lite version for FREE from the Apple Store and to upgrade to the full version it only costs $1.99.  Great deal!

The website for "Baby Sign and Learn" lists the benefits:
One of the most fundamental human desires is to be understood, research has shown baby sign language can reduce frustration for babies and parents by providing a means for babies to communicate before their vocal cords have developed for speech.
Research shows baby sign language has numerous other benefits too, such as, accelerating verbal development and strengthening cognitive skills. It also enhances child-parent bonding by reducing frustration and through fun time spent teaching signs to your baby.
I think these benefits also hold true for young Autistic children!

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