Since the iPad arrived in our house by sleigh last Christmas, it's become a major part of our lives. I am completely hooked, Smiley less so. As usual, she was really excited at first with her new toy, but she is not in control of it and that has dimmed her enthusiasm. But I join her for a brief play session on it most days and - as I expected - it keeps us both entertained in waiting rooms and on ferries...
Currently Irish Autism Action is running a great fundraiser that also provides families with iPads in return for old mobile phones. And I've seen many requests for information on what Apps to get. So perhaps someone somewhere might find our list of favourites useful for a young child or an older one with a moderate or severe intellectual disability, especially if they have a motor impairment as well:
Line Art - the first one we got and still a favourite. Like a sensory room effect on the iPad that she can control with light movements of her hand.
Fireworks - similar to Line Art but with firework sounds :)
Peekaboo Forest - I love this as the graphics are not so babyish.
Goldilocks - love the story and pictures and so does Smiley.
Fairies Fly - strictly for girly girls, but very popular here. The intro is watched over and over and Smiley takes an interest in the simple games, which we play hand-over-hand.
Timmy's Pre-school adventure - interactive story that Smiley can enjoy with a little help.
Colouring - a simple introduction.
Spot goes to school - a lift the flap book with activities.
Apps that have sounds and pictures (they're a bit babyish for my 15 year old):
For the music lover, try Virtuoso which is an easy to use virtual keyboard.
I also plan - soon, I promise - to introduce Smiley to the idea of communicating through the iPad, using iComm, and hopefully Grace, which is one of many Apps reduced in price during the Christmas break.
I hope that someone finds something useful on this list, and if you know of anything that Smiley might like, please let me know xx