I’m writing to prevent myself from googling “Cyber Monday, Ipad, free shipping” incessantly. We so can’t afford one. Which begs the question, if you can afford to buy an iPad, is free shipping really a deal breaker?
Other than the fact that it’s freaking awesome, I honestly think it would be a great tool for Peter. I regretfully relinquish my precious iPod touch to sticky fingers in a vein effort to buy myself a few more minutes of sleep. My PMS tracking app and Yoga Class Scheduler have been replaced with Sesame Street games, Angry Birds, Dress Chica, and an “Olivia” coloring book application that is far too sensitive and frustrates even adults. Curiously, one thing that every app he has does have in common is that they are unbearably loud and annoying at 3:49 a.m.
It’s just so cool to see how proficient he is with it. For a kid with fine motor issues and a heaping dose of dyspraxia-the things he can do with the iPod Touch are quite impressive.
There is a practical desire in wanting an iPad too. I came across a social story application which I think could make a world of difference in our lives. I admit that I suck at writing social stories. It’s not that I can’t do it. It’s that I’m not wired to plan that far in advance. We’re never quite sure what transition/event/change is going to be the “big one”. Sometimes the things we expect to be the most egregious offenders slip quietly by, and the little hiccups we never expected cause a tsunami.
For example, we spent several days preparing Peter for his cousin’s birthday party today. We feared he might become confused and lose it.
The birthday party went off without a hitch. Our worst moment came hours before when his cousin went upstairs to nap. He was so bereft that playtime was interrupted that he let out a blood curdling scream and bit a nice chunk out of my shoulder (hence the blue).
If we had an iPad would we have been able to avoid Armageddon? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not sure I ever really know when or where a social story would’ve been effective until after it’s too late. Would I be more inclined to use social stories if we had an Ipad? Probably. Would it be cool to read Us Weekly on iBooks? Absolutely.
The point, of course, is moot. Gus has informed me that it is indeed preferable to pay rent than to purchase an iPad. Something about “things that grownups do”. I told him that if we had to live out of the car, he could still probably play World of Warcraft by stealing wifi in the McDonald’s parking lot.
I’m pretty sure he’ll come around.
~ Do you have a child with Autism that is non-verbal or minimally verbal? The HollyRod Foundation is giving away iPads this holiday season. Get your application in!