Mental health professionals have found that many children on the autism spectrum have benefited from using electronic tablets. Touch screen tablets can be wonderful communication tools if children have critical “pre-requisite skills” – like the ability to use a picture exchange communication system. They may benefit from a tablet because commonly used applications are easy to use (for both the child and the caregiver) and can be very efficient. A tablet’s voice output can also provide social benefits such as helping children communicate with peers.
A tablet may be a great option for a child who learns well from computer-based educational games, needs a portable device, or cannot use a mouse. Applications (or “apps”) that target specific skills and provide reinforcement for success are best for children on the autism spectrum.
There are several non-profit organizations with the mission of providing tablets to autistic children. One such organization is CarlysCause. Please consider a monetary or tablet donation to this deserving organization at http://www.carlyscause.com
The Pad Go Round helps make the tablets physically accessible to users with small hands. We are making CarlysCause our cause and will be donating Pad Go Rounds to these special children.