Yesterday I was at her school: for a meeting and an IEP Review, which is always a joy to attend, because every teacher says lovely things about her! And she has made some progress since last September:
....Her choice-making has improved, and she regularly uses pictures to make clear choices.
...She now understands and responds to a large number of Lámh signs. Memo to self: must use them at home too.
...Cooking has always been something that she enjoys - especially the results. Now she is enjoying the process more since the school introduced her to jelly switches, which enable her to control food mixers and liquidisers. Can't wait to get one of those for home use too.
And then we started talking about the iPad and toys and how to keep her entertained with something that is age-appropriate - one little phrase that causes hackles to rise in so many people. Once upon a time I was determined that she would be just like other children. So I taught her to drink through a straw, bought her aprons to use instead of bibs, and discouraged the use of rattles and other baby things. But now I can see that if a child - or adult - with severe disabilities wants to play with or use something, then it should not matter if it is obviously aimed at a younger age group.
But you see that doesn't quite work with my daughter. And it was very reassuring to hear her teacher agree with me: Give Smiley a toy or app at her intellectual level but designed to appeal to a 2 year old and she may play with it briefly, but will soon discard it, and sometimes she actually does look offended!
|Well would you like this if you were 16?|
Most toys have the same problem - and her teacher agreed with me that the iPad is just perfect for her, but most of the apps for her developmental level are not.
So Mr or Mrs App Developer, why can't there be more apps like this?
|Suitable for any age, yes?|
|Like MTV the way it used to be :)|