I’m hoping there are a few last minute shoppers out there because here, at last, is my promised blog post on the best apps to buy for your wee ones this Christmas. This is broken down into two age-groups – a Christmas stocking for pre-school children and a Christmas stocking for primary-aged kids.
A couple of weeks ago I held a little tea party for participants and supporters of the Click-East project which has been my main focus (read: all encompassing obsession) for the past 3 years.
It started when, earlier this year, a gay man was appointed as chief executive officer of the American Psychiatric Association. Like many, I was delighted to see that Dr Saul Levin was heading up an organisation which, only forty years previously had categorised homosexuality as a mental illness. Another first thought was along the lines of “Wow, I hope in forty years time, or less, I’ll be reading about the first autistic CEO of the APA too“.
Parents of children with autism, and autistic people, often share their frustration with the claims of so-called ‘experts’. I suppose I am one of these people – an ‘autism professional’ – who purports to have some kind of insight into autism.
I’ve been a researcher working with people with autism for a decade now and in that time I’ve worked with adults, adolescents, young children and their parents, teachers, clinicians and other members of what I often refer to as “the autism community”.
Another five app reviews for the last month: these are AutisMate, Injini, Thomas the Tank Engine Game Pack, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and all the apps in the iHelp range (there are about fourteen currently available).
My latest app review is a slightly different format where I’m making a direct comparison between 6 apps for roughly the same purpose. All of these allow the user to touch symbols on the screen, producing audio from the iPad, as a method of communication.
Here we go with another six app reviews: I’ve tried to go beyond my usual pre-school remit but it seems that there are far fewer apps out there being targeted for older children, adolescents and adults with autism.