No doubt about it, iPads have been a boon for the special needs community. They’ve also been a boon to the tech folks who continue to churn out apps to remediate learning, communication, and organizational deficits. But iPads are expensive, so parents and teachers want to maximize these versatile machines.
Meet Sami Rahman
Sami Rahman, father of Noah and co-founder of BridgingApps.org, shared 10 simple ways to maximize iPads used by children with special needs. So simple even I could understand them. They are:
- Pick the right space.
- Volume control.
- Explore accessibility features.
- Try an external keyboard.
- Make time for facetime.
- DIY keyguard.
- Set boundaries.
- Make photo albums.
- Keep cleaning.
- Lock screen.
To get the skinny on each item on the list read Rahman’s article, 10 Ways to Maximize iPads for Special Needs Children, at mashable.com.
Check Out Sami Rahman’s New Book
Sami’s suggestions are so practical and low tech, I’m guessing his new book Getting Started: iPads 4 Special Needs will contain more of the same. Since I haven’t yet read the book, I can’t endorse it. But if any of you order and read it, leave a comment about your impressions.
How Do You Maximize Your Special Needs Child’s iPad?
Does your child with special needs have an iPad? What tricks do you utilize to maximize it? Which of Sami’s tips work for you? Which ones don’t? Leave a comment so we can learn together!