Kid Tech – According to Apple [Infographic]

MDG Advertising  created this informative infographic on the use of Apple tablets with kids today. It demonstrates the presence of (Apple) tablets available within families, as well as statistics on the impact of iPads in general education and for specific special needs use (autism-related, alternative and augmentative communication).

Reviewing this infographic brings some questions to mind about the prevalence of mobile technology, use and accessibility of them to all special needs students (or clients) to make information or the device accessible to them. Are we ready to embrace the technology changes projected? What are best practices with their use?

Kid Tech, According To Apple [Infographic]

Infographic by MDG Advertising

What do we need to do or know as parents, professionals or stake holders of individuals with special needs to support their appropriate use and access to such ubiquitous devices?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to Kid Tech – According to Apple [Infographic]

  1. Patty says:

    as mother of a daughter on the autism spectrum, i think what apple and others have done with technology is wonderful (as well as the developers of the smart boards, etc). but . . . we have specifically stated in our IEP that, while technology has it’s place, we expect that our daughter will learn to use paper and pencil and read bound books (and do math without a calculator when the time comes). i think we’re doing a disservice by letting technology ‘take over’ when a child may be or is capable. and i’m as guilty as the next . . . sometimes it’s just too easy to put the ipad in front of her and let her go 🙂

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