Recently MisunMedia conducted a survey asking people about their opinions concerning the use of computerized devices such as, but not limited to, the Apple iPad to help teach special needs students, especially those with non-verbal disabilities.
Across the board, all of the people who took part in the survey voted, “Yes,” in, “supporting the use of devices such as the iPad in Special Needs classroom.”
The participants also were asked to choose whichever methods they felt were the best ways to work with non-verbal children and 71% selected “Sign Language,” along with,
“iPad or other Tablet PC devices.” A much smaller percentage, less than half in fact, selected “other communication devices,” such as the PRC Vantage Lite and, “Picture Prompts,” as other options.
MisunMedia also posted a story on June 10, 2012 that contained a video that lays a basis for the topic on the pros and cons of using computerized communication devices for special needs children. The video received two likes in particular from two special needs teachers. One works with speech students and another who works primarily with autistic children.
The topic will continue to be a strong topic as the Tablet PC devices have become more affordable, but don’t offer as direct of social interaction as the Vantage Lite does. And as one school year ends and another is on the way and parents are preparing their children for the next grade and trying to determine the proper supplies students will need. Another result from the survey proposed the question, “If schools didn’t provide computer devices for your child, would you purchase one for your home?” The result was 100% for, “Yes,” but one participant commented, “I would like to purchase one, but the cost is too much, as I have so many other medical expenses to pay on,” which still stresses that even though the prices are much less expensive in comparison, they are still more than everyone is able to afford.
As MisunMedia continues to explore this topic, the community input will be invaluable and strongly desired. Please feel free to leave comments on this post or on our Facebook page and let us know your feelings.