There are so many things that R. has learned that can at least be partially attributed to the ipad.
She started to point purposefully after she learned to use it. I’m sure the ipad is not the sole reason, but it seems to have helped.
Her receptive language has increased and it seems like she is picking up words (especially labels) faster and with less trouble generalizing. I know that school and the techniques the ABA therapists are using deserve the most credit. But I also know that the ipad is helping to reinforce these words -pun intended.
I think it also has helped with her auditory processing, she is pronouncing some words better. I suspect it is because of apps like Bob Books, where she can hear the phonetic letter sound as many times as she wants. She is touching the letter, seeing it and hearing a sound.
I have posted about how her youtube video selections seem to mirror what is happening in her life. She will finish with her ABA session where they were working on the prepositions on top and under and go to youtube on the ipad and find Sesame Street videos that are teaching the same concepts.
She has stopped playing with her spit on the window (big hooray for that one!). I really think it is because she can get that same sensation from the ipad.
She is writing letters, numbers and shapes. She asks me to show her how to draw things -shapes and letters. Of course they do this in school, and I give her teacher plenty of credit for helping to teach her these skills. But I think that the ipad helped her focus in a way she could not before, and those positive experiences give her confidence and motivation.
She doesn’t have to to it all the time, but she will share the ipad with a friend, and even negotiate turn taking. I never thought about the ipad as something that she could do with a peer, silly me. They seem to do it themselves quite naturally.