I Heart My iPod!

My world just got a whole lot cooler! Cool means good in this case.

I have been using an iPod touch for a little over a year now and not only is it one of the most fun devices I’ve ever used, but it’s also one of the most helpful. I only got the idea to search for apps that would address autism a few days ago. And, granted, while there weren’t a hundred apps to choose from, there were quite a few that I found to be pretty helpful for me. For those mothers out there with children with disabilities, check out the following apps that I have on my iPod for my daughter (in order of how much I wuv them!):

iPrompts is an app made by a company called Handhold Adaptive. It uses pictures to help your child get through the day with a scheduler type function (enabling you to let your child know what’s coming next in the day), a chooser type function (Would you like apples or raisins?), a timer function (like to let your child know in how much time she will be getting out of the bathtub to go night night), and a library for pictures so you can add whatever you need into the app (like for adding pics to the library for the choices I give her or for helping her practice words like flash cards or learning faces). This app is AMAZING!!

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Is That Gluten Free? is an app I really like at the moment because I am researching how to transfer my daughter to a GFCF diet. Now, it would make it exponentially better to add a casein free component too (and I have contacted the developer about that so I’m really hoping!!)…But for now, it’ll do while we’re taking it slow. I have seen a review that says that the author of this app actually calls himself to verify dates (and the reviewer felt that could need to be done fairly frequently). But this is an app that’s just getting started and they usually go through a few permutations before they’re perfecto. This one is starting off so well though, I have high hopes for it.

Bento for iPhone made by Filemaker is a side-by-side app that goes with Bento for the Mac. There is a saying that for every thing under the sun, “There’s an app for that.” You’ve heard it. Well, I searched and searched for an app that would help me to keep a record of what I feed my daughter over the course of the day. You know, like a Food Diary. Problem was, I couldn’t find one that did it without all the calorie counting and the exercise tallying. That kind of stuff, I didn’t need. Enter Bento. Bento for Mac is a non-overkill database application with pre-defined templates that makes your information look like this:

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The big plus about this app is that you can tailor whichever template you use to suit your needs. You can even make your own up on the fly. They look great too! Now I don’t have to search for a place to record my GFCF recipes (because there’s a template for that too). I have a whole bunch of information at my fingertips, wrapped up into one app! Sweet!!

Scroll down to Topic News Reader to see the icon and link for Autism News an rss reader made by Splaysoft. It takes the top stories all over the web that deal with this topic and put it all in one place. Who wouldn’t love that?

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Now the next two are just fun apps that I sit with my daughter and let her play with on the way to sleep-not necessarily just for autistics. But she loves to sing and these are just for fun with mommy!

Wheels on the Bus

Old MacDonald

There are other apps out there too that I think may be for older autistics (like some that actually talk for your child). If you find some that you find to be a help, let me know. I love trying new apps!

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~ by babystace on November 11, 2009.

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