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Advice on Ipads n best communication programs!

Posted by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM
Ana
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Hi everyone! Glad to be bak. My son Ezekiel whom is 8 is still non-verbal. His teacher who is also a mom of a 20 yr old autistic son told me an Ipad would be a good idea for my son. Ok so I need advice n direction on how to do this. Ipad I know how much they r but where is the best place to buy them?? Did u purchase insurance for it??? About communication programs: wat is the best?? How much r they??? Where can I get them?? I know I don't sound so tech savvy but now I must for the best for my son. Thanks so much for any advice u give!
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N.Carter2001
by Bronze Member on Nov. 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM
Our son is 4years old. His Medicaid won't pay for his own iPad so he cant tell us his needs. He was going to get a speech device at school but the school don't want to Work with him cause they said it too hard for him but he only had it 2days or maybe they not even try. So I just got a go talk 9on eBay. I just cut out pictures and record my voice and he already understand push the button with a cookie I get a cookie then he pushes button for candy he holds out his hand for me to give him candy. And his school said he won't understand. So we use his iPad that we renting to play games but also learning.
Kellbel08
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Hello! :) Im not sure where the best place to buy an i pad would be probably walmart or best buy maybe? Barnes and noble possible too. Always purchase insurance when you buy a device like that if any damage happens you get a new one :) My daughter is 4 years old and has autism. She is in a preschool program at school for children with autism and her teacher uses an i pad and it really helps the kids communicate with her. plus it has alot of great games, books, fun activities.   This is just an idea but even an inntotab 2 would be a pretty cool device to have. Our  daughter has one n its helped her with her speech. The inntotab 2 has a camera/web cam. You can record short videos/or take pictures of your son washing his hands, brushing his teeth, playin at the park, ect. And anytime he wants to do something like that he can just go to the video/picture and communicate with you that way. I know my daughter is great with visual stimulation. Hopefully this helps. 

Mi_Chelly
by Bronze Member on Nov. 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM
The best place would be an apple store. Prices will be the same, but they have techs on hand to help you set it up with what you want/need. You tell them what it is for, they can point you in the direction on how to set it up. They give step-by-step help and the few I have been in, very friendly, they sit with you until it is fully set up.

Fr programs, I honestly don't know. I have heard the best is very expensive, $190 I think, or around there. Depending on what all programs you want it will depend. I would suggest downloading iTunes and look through their Special Education section. They have it broke down into
Communication
Emotional development
Seeing & hearing
Language development
Literacy & learning
Diagnostics & reference
Organization
Life skills

I will warn, some of the apps are for very young, or look that way. I have downloaded a couple that look for 2 to 3 year olds for my 9 year old. Some are free, some get really expensive.

Insurance is another good option. Also invest in an Otter Box. It is a case that makes it very difficult to damage the ipad. I have had my 9 year old step on it and not damage it.
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jaydensmom1726
by Bronze Member on Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

if you get it from best buy you can get a extended warrenty pretty cheap

VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Check Apple.com (click here), $399 for an iPad2 refurbished (and just as good). The best communication program is Proloquo2Go but it is around $200. I use some cheaper apps. There are many lists online if you google 'apps for autism', here is one. We just bought an awesome iPad protector off of amazon recently, it will protect it from breaking if its dropped, this is it here. We didn't bother with insurance, I figure the case will be good enough, and she's amazingly good with it. Its so easy to use, they are great. Ask your speech therapist if they have any advice, they may be able to help you set it up with a good picture exchange app.

mylittlegenius
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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You could try having your speech therapist perscribe/write up a reccomendation for an iPad. You could also hav the Pediatrician Specialist that diagnosed him try as well, just to see what happens. It's still a new tech in this aspect so might as well try right?  A local Apple store is the way to go. The relationship you develop with that store will more than come in handy. Don't forget that now there is an iPad mini that is a little cheaper too! 

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad

A really good talking device app you can get started on is called My First AAC and goes for $25

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-first-aac-by-injini/id462678851?mt=8

After he has mastered that, then you can start looking into more expensive and complicated talking devise apps. 

I can reccomend so many apps that have literally helped my non verbal 3 year old so much. Let me know and I will list them all for you if you would like :)

Autiziumom
by Ana on Nov. 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM
I guys r awrsome. I will look into all u guys advice. Thank u again
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