The Apple iPad is receiving high praise from the medical community and from parents of children with autism. Children with autism have great difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings and many can't speak at all. iPad applications help give these children a voice. Similar technology has been available but at much higher prices and less portability.
Parents like Kyle and Tina Carkhuff of Texas praise the iPad which they say has been responsible for the astonishing progress they've seen their 5 year old son make in the last couple of months. While the device, unfortunately, can't provide a cure for autism, Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Richard Frye says "The iPad will fill in those gaps, fill in the places the brain isn't working, and at this point that is an incredible step forward."
When the iPad was first introduced, some of us were guilty of dismissing it as another toy for people who can't stop acquiring gadgets. News like this gives us all a reason to give the iPad a big thumbs up.
In the video below, a mother discusses her son's experience with the iPad and offers advice for parents considering iPad apps.