The parents say it helps the kids who can’t speak. Getting a tablet computer like the I Pad seems to help the kids with the easy touch and swipe screens. With the help of certain applications some of these kids are communicating. Instead of pulling or screaming, with the voice activated application, touch screen and pictures; kids are communicating.
You can download a special language application and add pictures , videos and symbols that allow them to convey their feelings, what they want and what they watch on TV. It is designed for kids that rarely look at people, they rock and have obsessions. Things they do over and over again.
Bring out the I Pad and they interact in a way they have never acted with things in front of them before. The first study is ongoing to find out just how effective the I Pad is with the students. The study has already found that it improves the kids willingness to socialize and it has enhanced their attention spans.
Autistic kids are known to want to interact with a machine rather than with human contact. The device is constant, the pacing is constant and is there all the time. Humans that help are unpredictable the machine is not. The kids like order and control. It doesn’t work for everyone but some are engaged with it fully.