iPads are becoming increasingly popular with SASI clients. To help in setting up and iPad for use by autistic people we have developed the following.
The first step to a client friendly iPad is to turn on Restrictions, which allow you to limit what applications are allowed on the iPad and can turn on parental controls using iPad Settings. This will allow you to set up a four digit passcode. This passcode is used to permit changes to the restricted settings in the future, so make sure it is not something your client will easily guess, while making sure it is easy enough for you to remember.
Once this is done you can disable whatever app you do not want to be accessed. For example, if you want to prevent access to surfing the internet, disable ‘safari’. It is also here that you can disable a client’s ability to install or delete apps.
The instructions are in PDF format and can be downloaded here, iPad set up iOS 7 - PDF
Autism Apps is a comprehensive list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism. It also includes links to any available information that can be found for each app. The Apps are separated into over 30 categories, and the descriptions are all searchable, so any type of app is easy to find and download. Autism Apps was created as a resource for anyone looking for apps for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome or other special needs.
Many people are discovering the many uses that iPads, iPhones and iPod touches can have as tools and resources for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Though there are a multitude of apps in the app store that many people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome or another special need use and enjoy, they can be difficult to find. Autism Apps links to extensive reviews of the apps written by parents, specialists, and other users usually from first-hand experience.
Autism Apps also has links to video demonstrations or video reviews of the apps when they are available.
While this application has been designed with families of young deaf children in mind, this is particularly relevant for children and adults with Autism with communication issues. Using sign is an effective way to reinforce verbal language. The multimedia tutorial has been designed for use on an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan). It is designed for families & children to assist them to learn Auslan and promote early communication between parent and child. Over 500 signs are included. These signs were carefully chosen as those most needed by families in their interactions with and teaching of, their young children.
This clear and easy to follow hierarchy allows the user to build upon their previous knowledge as they move through the entries. The portability increases the amount of instruction the user can access, providing ongoing communication opportunities throughout the day.
Skills practiced: fine motor, communication
Injini Child Development Game Suite’s unique collection of games provides exceptional and engaging learning experiences to young children with developmental delays. With nine feature games, eight additional mini-games, nine or more levels for most games, and rich content within each level, Injini offers an exciting panorama for play and a fun way to learn.
Whether it’s helping a frog catch bugs, washing dirty pigs or completing patterns and puzzles, each game focuses on fun as the basis for engagement and the development of fundamental skills.
Skills practiced: fine motor, cause and effect understanding, spatial awareness, memory, differentiation, response inhibition, visual processing, sequencing and more.