“The iPad is truly assessing what it should: math skills, spelling skills, language arts skills. We’re able to gain a better understanding of a child’s cognition with these devices,” Nicole explains.
That understanding expands beyond the scope of children with special needs.
“The universal access to the iPads really levels the playing field for regular ed and special ed kids. They’re all treated the same.”
The results she’s seen in patients, combined with the promise of advancing the potential of special education students, prompted Nicole to apply to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation for funds to start an iPad lab at the hospital. She began the process last spring, and was recently awarded more than $2500 to purchase numerous iPad accessories, including mounts, cases, switches, apps and other equipment that will enhance accessibility.
Though the equipment has yet to arrive, she has already begun seeing patients specifically for iPad use and accessibility.
She hopes the iPad lab will introduce even more families to the benefits of the tablet, and, eventually, make the medical community more aware of the tool as device to increase a child’s productivity. She’s already excited about the long-term potential it has and will give Emma.
“I feel, vocationally, this is where jobs are going to end up. I’m going to guarantee you that Emma is going to do something with computers when she’s an adult,” Nicole says.
For now, Emma begs to differ. She says she’s going to be a swim instructor when she grows up. Though, at only 8, she’s reserving the right to change her mind. Frequently.
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