How the iPad can change lives

When you normally think of the iPad you think of another gadget. Another way for people to get sucked into the tech-vortex of Apple and the like with technology today such as smart phones, computers and Internet TV’s!   I am one of the contributors - I blog about technology all day long. I love it, a bit obsessed with it you could say too.   It’s hard not to get enveloped in technology now a days because it’s just to damn easy and convenient.

But this is a story not about convenience or ease.  This is a story I wanted to share that I came across that is about need and positive change.

The story is about a boy named Leo.  He has autism.   Life as an autistic child is tough.   For the child and for family around him or her.   For Leo, life seemed no different.  Until one day his Mom Shannon won a brand new iPad through a raffle. This was the life changing event that Shannon was looking for which helps her son Leo cope with day to day activities, all courtesy of the iPad.

"Before the iPad, Leo’s autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication.  With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills.  People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad.  I’m impressed, too, especially when our aggressively food-obsessed boy chooses to play with his iPad rather than eat.  I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room."

This is a video of Leo playing FirstWords on his iPad

This is a video of Leo playing iWriteWords on his iPad

There is actually a lot more to this story that what I have outlined here.   The story is very compelling and I felt the need to share it.   If you would like to read the entire story about Leo you can here.  Leo also has his very own list if iPad Apps for Kids with Autism starter kit that I encourage you to check out.  It’s a great list.  On a side note, I got my daughter her very first iPad for Christmas.   She is in love with it.   Reading this story just made me feel a whole lot better about getting it for her.  It’s a great learning tool for kids.

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