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Tablets or kindle

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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I've heard a lot of parents are getting their autistic children tablets or kindles. Do they really help? How do I know which one would be best for my child?

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mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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I personally am loyal to the iPad or iPad mini. You have access to unlimited apps that are free or very cheap. I think the other markets (android/kindle) are trying to keep up but honestly, apple is going to give you more options.

There are Facebook pages (smart apps for kids) and blogs (moms with apps) that will let you know about apps that go on sale or become free. I've gotten so many great apps that way.
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VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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iPad all the way

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

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. 

the.warden
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM
How much are the apps and stuff for it?? What games would you suggest?


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. 


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Bluerose1482
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

My son has a nabi II and likes it.  He prefers his laptop however, which he generally drags everywhere we go. 

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

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.

mommy4lyf
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Ipad =)

TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

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.

emarin77
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

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.

jadelily
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

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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