In June 2015 my beautiful 3 year old son Riley was diagnosed severely autistic. Riley was set in his ways watching certain tv programmes and he became increasingly interested in my iPhone. In August 2015 I got in touch with ‘Family Fund’ after being pointed in their direction by professionals. I requested an iPad, not believing I would actually get one for Riley. However a few weeks later an iPad air an indestructible case and a glass screen protector arrived through the post!
Holy moly!! I was over the moon and so appreciative! I instantly started downloading apps for Riley it was so straightforward. I typed ‘preschool’ in the search bar and then selected whichever I felt suitable.
Riley absolutely loves his iPad, he takes this everywhere he goes. Not always using this but more of a comfort. Riley’s favourite app is the Baby TV jukebox, he plays the songs and nursery rhymes over and over again. Next up is the Baby TV episodes app which I pay a £2.99 subscription fee every month. I have to say not only do I know most of the episodes off by heart but Riley has also started to copy various words and expressions from this.
A few weeks back Riley counted form 1-10 4 times in a row completely out of the blue, this brought tears to my eyes and was an extremely special moment. Summer, my 2 year old daughter and I are always singing various songs including number songs with Riley along with the preschool so I cannot say its due to the iPad indefinitely but I personally feel Riley has developed further since having this.
I thank the iPad hugely for colour matching, shape sorting and remembering games. Not matter how often I encouraged play with wooden shape sorters or block building Riley would pay no interest.
I feel that by Riley having an iPad it has massively helped him to connect with something and also have a huge impact on his development. I’m so grateful for this luxury for my little Riley, he makes me proud every day.
Mumsy Mum x