iPad all the way
We use an IPAD. We had a kindle but all ds therapist used an IPAD. He was able to learn to point using it. Put puzzles together. Learned his numbers on it. And is learning letters now. He loves songs so he watches them and now sings them. I don't think either matters. I think it's a choice a lot of times because of the cost of the IPAD.
Quoting JTMOM422:We use an IPAD. We had a kindle but all ds therapist used an IPAD. He was able to learn to point using it. Put puzzles together. Learned his numbers on it. And is learning letters now. He loves songs so he watches them and now sings them. I don't think either matters. I think it's a choice a lot of times because of the cost of the IPAD.
My son has a nabi II and likes it. He prefers his laptop however, which he generally drags everywhere we go.
The price of the apps are all different. I download the free apps and if he likes them I will buy some of them. There are some out there that are really good but they are expensive so I have not got them yet. He likes the Dr. Panda series. Any type of puzzles. I bought the Wheels on the bus and Happy if you know it apps. They have quite alot of songs and puzzles in them. I think those were $2 each. Alot of the free apps let them only so much before you have to buy them. For my ds that got aggravating and caused some meltdowns because he wanted to do more. Our early intervention specialist has an app called Injini. It has a lot of fine motor skills to that one. But it cost $40. I would just go to the app store and type in what you are looking for and download the free version first to make sure that they like it.
My son has an iPad. He uses it for communication, though he has a communication device. The iPad has been used more for a back up and also while we are out. The communication device is heavy, and is EXPENSIVE! So the iPad is great for us. We put it in the Fisher Price iPad case. It has been dropped many times on tile floor and the iPad has been protected. This is like the autism proof case for my son. We also use it to calm him down and also as a motivation to eat.
We purchased a Nabi II for our son. He loves it. He plays his Angry Birds/Bad Piggies but also loves doing math problems or other Nickelodeon Junior games. He also loves listening to music on it. He is age 4.5 now.
My kids all have kindle fires, simply because they are cheap and I certainly couldn't afford 3 ipads. Plus we have Amazon Prime, so we get one free book rental a month, amazon instant video (like netflix) in addition to the 2 day shipping with no minimum purchase. One of our kindles my mom bought on her account, so that we could get 2 free books a month to rent.
They work fine for what my kids need at 1/3 of the price.
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