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that this is a video game site and this blog has nothing to do with video games
but please don't be angry. This is a serious blog about how the iPad is the
most important electronic device in my life. A lot of people hate on this
device, and while it may seem pointless and expensive to most, this device is
changing my life daily.
the iPad first came out, my initial response to it was that it may be the most
useless device ever made. It basically is an iTouch, but oversized so it can not
fit in your pocket. I asked myself if there were any practical purposes to it,
and I could find none. That all changed when I saw a segment of 60 Minutes.
brother has been diagnosed with severe autism. For those who do not know,
autism is a social development issue which the diagnosed struggles to
communicate and form relationships. He
is 4 years old and is non-verbal and rarely makes eye contact. He needs
sleeping pills to sleep and refuses to eat most foods. He only eats certain
types of brands, such as he only eats the Snyders Mini Twist Pretzels, he won't
eat any other pretzels. To get his nutrients we provide him with a formula
shake that basically provides all the nutrients necessary to live healthy in
one bottle. His favorite "toy" is an exercise ball, which he rolls on non stop
all day. He is extremely sensitive to noise and touch, and often smacks walls
to release some of these feelings. There is a great chance my brother will
my hope for my brothers future was deteriorating, I saw a segment of 60 Minutes
that talked about how the iPad was being used to help people with autism communicate.
I was instantly intrigued and told my parents about it. They were totally on
board, but there was a slight issue. iPads cost a ton of money, and the app
that is used costs about 150 bucks. So we wrote a letter to the Wisconsin Early
Autism Program(WEAP) and they agreed to purchase an iPad for my brother.
about a month we received our iPad with the app Proloque2Go(the autism app) already
downloaded. Normally autistic children have to carry a big box to help them
communicate and that only has about 2 hours of battery life and is quite
expensive. It also obviously stands out like a sore thumb. The iPad however, is
a sleek device that not only has a longer battery and is cheaper, but also does
not stand out as much.
the app works is quite simple. It features pictures with simple phrases on it.
For example if my brother wanted to say he wants chips, he would click on food,
then chips. We have pictures of all our family members so he can learn our
names. The app also has feelings on it, so if he is feeling angry he can click
on feelings, then angry to get his point across. His "voice' on the app is a
stereotypical robitic boy voice, and for some odd reason my mom did not approve
of my suggestion for the voice to be Chris Rock's. He still hasn't gotten the
hang of it, but is slowly improving daily. Hopefully by summer he will be able
to use it to help communicate with his family.
you all enjoyed this blog. If you want to learn more about autism or my
brother, just message me and I will hopefully satisfy your craving for
knowledge. I also urge you guys to purchase the game To The Moon. It is a very
cheap PC game and all proceeds go to research to autism. It also is a great
game. Thanks every one and have a great day!