Yesterday's iPads & Autism workshop in San Diego was fantastic! The sold-out crowd of parents, professionals, and educators was enthusiastic, and had such great questions and input that I ended up talking for over two hours, and answering questions for almost two hours more.
It was a treat to meet folks from the welcoming, active, and well-organized San Diego autism community. I am indebted to host Janine from GoodKarma Apps -- developer of the crisis-defusing app FirstThen Visual Schedule -- for the invitation, and was delighted to meet her in person after a year of intense online conversations.
If you missed the San Diego workshop, there's always New York City on June 5th! Here are the iPad / autism topics I talked about yesterday; New York's talk will be similar:
How iPads Can Help Children With Autism Learn and Play
- The iPad: Leo's Near-Miracle
- Accessibility and convenience
- Cost benefits
- So much more than an AAC device!
- Independent learning
- Independent play
- Social cachet - coolness factor with peers, and siblings
- Evaluating whether the iPad is a good fit for you or your child
- Overuse: Are we plugging our kids in?
- iPad type and storage choices
- Is an iPad 2 necessary?
- What to do when an iPad is not in your budget - negotiating with school districts and insurance; online fundraising, etc.
- Protection – insurance, AppleCare
- iPad Protection – cases versus covers
- Managing Media: syncing, backing up, preventing content loss
- Accessibility and using Voiceover
- iPads in the classroom
- Apps and more apps! And then more apps!
By the way, that online/community fundraising part? It works. Autism mom Deanne Shoyer, who has twins, made my day when she sent the following tweet out earlier this morning:
Special thanks to @shannonrosa for the inspiration and support - I've raised all the $ I needed to get ipads for both my boys!Hope to see some of you in New York! Or, hey, you could always ask me to come give a workshop in your town. :)