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iPad as a ToolI remember when iPads first came out. My dad was the first one in my family to get one. I didn’t want one; I felt like it was silly because I had an [easyazon_link asin=”B00LG71M9Y” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”speciism0f-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]iPod Touch [/easyazon_link] which could do the same things as the iPad and was smaller.

Well, after playing on my dad’s [easyazon_link asin=”B00OXFU2CE” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”speciism0f-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]iPad [/easyazon_link]  more and more I realized I was wrong. The iPod and iPad have similarities, but they also have one main difference that stands out to me, which is that the iPad is bigger than the iPod or [easyazon_link asin=”B00NQGP5X2″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”speciism0f-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]iPhone [/easyazon_link].

Since then I have an iPad and I love it. I also have an iPhone and I use them both as tools at different times. Sometimes something as small as the iPhone or iPod is best, while other times something bigger like the iPad is better. It just depends on the situation.

While the iPad is great fun and I enjoy playing games on it, it is so much more than a toy, it is a tool. Here are some things that I do on my iPad and iPhone:

Visual Schedules

I use an app called Choiceworks but there are many apps out there. Research them all and find the one that works best for your child or student. I like that Choiceworks uses pictures, written words and spoken words and has the option to set a timer for each task. I also love that Choiceworks reads the schedule aloud and allows the user to move objects to the all done section once tasks are complete. For me, I find making the visual schedule to usually be enough.

Visual Timers

I use an app called Time Timer. Time Timer is a company that makes [easyazon-link asin=”B000J5OFW0″ locale=”us”]visual timers[/easyazon-link]. They also make software and an app. I have both a 3 inch Time Timer and the app on my iPad and iPhone, and I find that I use the app more. I think the app is more convenient than using the Timer itself; I love Time Timers because they are very visual. I can physically see how much time is left. Be sure to research all the different Timer apps available on the market to pick which one is best for your child or student.

Social Stories

I use an app called i Create…Social Stories by I Get it, LLC, but there are many different apps that can be used. Again, be sure to research many different apps and pick the one that you think is best for your child or student. I find writing social stories to be very helpful. Sometimes I don’t even need to go back and read them, but if I do, they are always there with me on my iPhone or iPad.

Communication Tools

There are many communication apps that are available for the iPad or iPhone such as Proloquo2Go, TalkRocket Go, and so many others. I have found an AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) app to be helpful when I have trouble getting my words out. Be sure to research and try lite versions of these apps, as some of them can be rather expensive.

Social Skills 

There are many social and speech apps, such as apps by Smarty Ears, Social Skill Builder, Hamaguchi apps, Social Express, and so many others. Some of these apps can be rather expensive, so be sure to research them carefully and download and try a lite version if one is available.

Benefit of Discretion

One thing that I really like about the iPad and iPhone is that they are so “typical” and age appropriate. Many people have them. I can be reading a social story or using a visual schedule but not many people would know, because it just looks like I am on my iPad or iPhone.

Things to Consider

Be sure to do your research before getting your child an IOS device. Go over the pros and cons of each device, and look into apps that could be helpful for your child or student. Another point to consider when buying an iPad is a case. There are many different cases available. Choose which case you think will work best for your child or student.