iPads for Special Education Students

Every Special Education Student needs an iPad for school and home with student and parent training.

by Wayne Rock

I'm a special Education and will advocate in all school districts in New York State. Attending all IEP Meetings and File Due Process Complaints when necessary. Focus on ABA, Speech & Language, reading, math, assistive technology, FBA/BIP and social skills.

4 thoughts on “iPads for Special Education Students

  1. dyslexia shop says:

    Hi…my first time commenting on any of these site, but it got my heart racing to read these comments…..where to start?Well, my 12 yo son is dyslexic and having gone through endless the testing, being told I’m neurotic/he’s jsut the bottom end of the bell curve etc etc, and finally getting a disgnosis’ I’ve seeing him struggle I recognise that struggle in myself. I think I am one of the many adults who were never given the label, but jsut struggled through. I thought I was just a bit dumd, but it didn’t really stack up because in other ways I knew I could understand things, connect things and conceptualise in ways far exceeding the capacity of the smart kids’, and now my super qualified colleagues. I Have a BA but have shied away continuing formal qualifications because the way are taught fills me with fear. I am known and valued (I think) as a lateral thinker and my ability to articualte complex and unfamiliar ideas and concepts…to grow ideas. I am determined and as a kid I got good at sport’ to save face. That said, I know in my heart that whatever I “have” is far more pronounced in my son. I have such love for him and sometimes I can barely stand the pain out it. But I do not feel sorry for him I know it hurts, but the pain is not in him or the dyslexia its other people and education systems and professionals (and charlatons) promising the world/a cure if only you spend the money/buy the program/ put in more hours of practice/ judging him against some narrow and conformist ruler. After years of this, I’ve decided my job is to be his mum, see the fabulous things in him and stop trying to fix’ him on behalf of a world who can’t stand to think that it is them that may need to change. (Boy, this is turning into a rant, but a lot to get off my chest!) Doesn’t mean that I don’t push the education system I demand (gently and nicely) that he is valued and supported by his education provider.As for disability’…ironically (or possibly inevitably if you psychoanalyse it!) I have worked in the disability sector for more than 20 years. For a long time in community advocvacy, supporting people with disabilities to speakout, stand up for their rights etc. I think of that role as an enabler, because I have met and got to know some of the most astoundingly intelligent, determined and creative people I have ever come across. Now (it gets worse!) I work in a learning and development organisation for the sector (well, I don’t think its for the sector/industry more L&D as a social change mechanism). Many people with diability assert very strongly that they are not disabled, but differently abled. Its about allowing a broader range of expressions of our human-ness to be accepted and valued. I would argue that we should not allow dyslexic’ to be also called disabled’ so we can access resources that’s the wrong fight; the horse before the cart. The fight & the change is to make resources available for the entire rich breadth of human-ness to foster the multiplicity of talents and perspectives is an investment in our whole and our future, not a welfare or charitable response to “worthy neediness”.

  2. karen Gorman says:

    It is a grand statement to say that every kid will benefit from an iPad. We have seen so many positive cases of students being able to utilize these for communication and for skill practice, AND we have seen just as many cases where these are being used and become completely counter productive to the goals for the student.Most kids are aware that this is an entertainment tool. Without proper and very stringent behavior modification and a structured use plan you run the risk of never being able to apply them for the use intended. For students that have deep internal focus and perseverate on things this is a danger as it brings them more into themseleves which is the adverse of the desired outcome. Many students become hooked and cannot comfortably separate from these devices.
    While the abilities are amazing with these devices, the ability for effective use and initial structure is lacking. Educators and therapist as well as parents need to be much more well versed in this application unless of course the goals is hours and hours of busy time is the goal…

  3. Barb Smith says:

    Hi Wayne!

    My twins both have Auditory processing Disorders and I feel that technology my really be able to help relieve some of their struggles with Reading/Writing in school.

    I am getting push-back from the school psychologist in regards to this.

    Just was wondering also at age would an iPad be useful for children to use in school?

    An Alpha-Smart was reccomended for my Twin 9 year olds so which is best or both and how can I get these through the school district etc??

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