The iPad has opened a new chapter in therapy for children with disabilities. Brenda Blackmon has the story.
5 year old Ekow is learning to write.
with the help of an iPad.
4 year old DJ is learning to communicate with others.
Also with the help of an iPad.
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Chilren's Specialized Hospital has been given 30 of these iPads.
So for DJ and Ekow as well as their therapists, the device has become a godsend.
"It's something new and the technology is exciting for them."
But it's more than that.
It's a new high-tech therapy tool that is quickly paying off.
"Our goal is to make him able to express his basic wants and needs."
DJ has been diagnosed with Autism.
He also is non-verbal.
He can sign.
But he's easily frustrated trying to make himself understood.
"What do we say? All done."
This iPad app helps.
He can answer simple questions by touching a picture.
And hear the iPad talking back to him.
"What's next? Blue horse, Green frog."
He can also play -- such as with play-doh -- and tell others what he wants to do.
And as he grows older, his Speech Therapist expects he'll take his i-pad with him, and communicate with others.
"The iPad now is defintely very socially acceptible, so he can go out into the public, and it wouldn't cause as much attention as any other larger device that speaks for him."
Ekow has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
He also lacks motor coordination and has weak muscles.
That means he needs help learning to write.
This iPad app helps him.
By allowing him to trace his letters.
"The goal of this is for him to develop fine motor control, and with that it will translate into him being able to correclty form his letters in a more accurate pattern."
Then his Occupational Therapist moves him on to paper and marker.
Then, there's this "driving app".
Which helps ekow with his motor coordination, by forcing him to use both hands.
"This is an ability for him to use both of his hands together."
But what's really exciting about iPad therapy, is that it's cheaper, smaller and more portable than other electronic devices.
Plus many of the children have iPads at home.
So their therapy and their development can continue after they leave the hospital.
Brenda Blackmon, The 10 O'Clock News