Autism Child and Technology

I think it is amazing how well my son is doing with his new Colby Android Tablet.  Having a child with autism can be challenging.  He is low functioning, and nonverbal.  Teaching him the most basic task takes a lot of time and patience.  So when he can pick up a piece of modern technology, and learn how to operate it on his own, I get really excited.

It took him two days before he started getting the hang of using his new tablet.  He is now able to pull up anything on YouTube that he wants to watch.  That’s where his interest takes him.  He loves watching music videos, elevator videos, and old television shows.  He has it set up where he can bring up the keyboard on the screen, and select a letter to bring up what he wants to watch.  If he wants Bear In The Big Blue House, he selects B, and the search shows a list of the Bear In The Big Blue House searches.  If he wants Rolly Polly Olly, he selects R.  For Shania Twain, S.  His tablet remembers what he has viewed previously, and that’s what comes up first in his search.

He also takes really good care of his tablet.  He is gentle with it.  He puts it away when he is finished.  The only thing he has trouble with is turning it on.  You have to hold the power button down until it turns on, and he has figured that out.  Yet.  He knows which button is the power button, and will push it, but doesn’t hold it down long enough to turn on.  When he wants to use it, he’ll bring it to us to help him.  Then he is off to use it.  He knows how to connect to the internet with it.  He knows how to go straight to YouTube.  He absolutely loves it.

I’m so happy to see him expanding his interests with it.  When he uses it, I get to see where his interests are at the moment.  I learn what things he likes and doesn’t like.  The best thing is when I hear him giggling.  The sound of his laughter is the best medicine in the world.  If I am feeling depressed, or upset over something, hearing him laugh picks me right up and makes me smile.

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The Easy To Lose Stylus

My son received a Coby Android Tablet for Christmas from my sister.  He loves it.  I have a small complaint about it, though.  There is no place on it to store the little stylus.  Of course, the stylus has been lost several times.  We have been lucky in that it doesn’t stay lost for very long.  At least, not yet.

My children both have a Nintendo DS.  They have a place to store the stylus.  This helps, but they can still manage to lose or misplace their stylus.  Because of this, we bought some extras.  Even given this, there have been times that we haven’t been able to find any of them.  That’s when the scavenger hunt begins.  Looking in all of the toy boxes, under beds, in seat cushions.  Eventually, they start turning up.

With my son’s tablet, losing the stylus wouldn’t be so bad if it was easy for him to use with his fingers.  It isn’t.  You have to touch it just right for it to respond.  My son has little patience.  When it doesn’t respond the way it should, he gets frustrated.

One thing I am happy about is how well he has been taking care of the tablet.  He’s very gentle with it.  He doesn’t leave it laying around on the floor.  It is always put away after he is done with it.

Most of all, the tablet has been great for freeing up my computer.  He can now watch his YouTube music videos all he wants, and my husband and I can use our computer without our son trying to take it over.