We were hoping.
I had done so much research into the advantages of iPads for kids with special needs. Especially non-verbal kids with special needs.
A category in which Parker firmly sits.
Besides the health issues, what worries my heart the most is Parker’s inability to communicate.Â He can’t tell me what hurts, or even where it hurts.Â Instead I have to rely on my Mommy-sense to try to discern what is causing the pain.
Some days that Mommy-sense just doesn’t work as well as you’d hope.
In an unexpected sort of serendipity, the iPad has the power to open up the world for a kid like Parker.
Besides it’s obvious use with programs such as Proloquo2Go, an iPad also has the ability to engage Parker through the bazillions of other educational aps that are not only provide an interactive learning opportunity, but make learning fun.
Parker can be really hard to motivate. This is totally typical for a Hodson boy.Â Just like his two big brothers, there’s gotta be a reason for him to want to put forth effort to work.Â sigh.
We’ve found that Parker is highly motivated by computers.Â His reward with his speech therapist is a few minutes of his favorite Sesame Street YouTube videos.
He LOVES visiting Starfall.com as well as other interactive educational sites.Â Except, because of Parker’s lack of fine motor skills, a typical keyboard is beyond his ability to navigate.Â He’ll point and touch the computer screen in an attempt to be a part of the activities, so we know the iPad would be an excellent addition to his learning at home.
We wouldn’t use the iPad to replace our dreams of Parker one day having words to use along with a huge vocabulary of signs.
No, the iPad would serve more as a bridge.Â It would teach him the benefits that come with the ability to communicate.Â A MUCH better replacement to the head banging he still resorts to when exceptionally frustrated with not being able to express his needs.
It would give him the means to communicate while we are still working on sign and speech.
And we were hoping.
Parker’s beloved Miss Linda, his Kindergarten Provider, went to bat for him with Alpine School District.
And Parker lost.
I’m not giving up though.Â I’m a Mama on a mission.Â And I know that a lot of you have been here and found a way to provide your kid with a way to communicate.
So, I’m asking for your ideas. Do you know of any programs in Utah that loans iPads out to kids with special needs?Â Anyone who offers technology grants for non-verbal kids with special needs?
I’ll collect any and all success stories and share them in a future post.Â Maybe together we can make it easier for kids to get the technology needed to enrich their lives.