My Autistic Great Nephew: Update #2:
I heard back from my niece last week about how her autistic son is doing with the Livescribe smartpen and his iPad.
If you have not seen the earlier part of the story, click here.
The story left off where my niece was going to her son’s school for the IEP meeting…
She told me about how much he loves the sound dots and that every time they get a new book he gets so excited to “dot” it! He brings her everything he owns with writing on it so they can put a sound dot on it.
Then she shared the sad news with me that they did have her son’s IEP meeting, but it was very frustrating. “They don’t want to use any technology. They also don’t think it is a good use of time to attempt to teach him the alphabet. So we’re just going to keep working on it ourselves”
Lucky for her son, she did not give up! I got this update from her last week:
Last week (her son) started writing his name on the iPad!
This week I got a letter home from the school saying they are willing to try to incorporate using his iPad into his academics at school. My hope is the next step will be for the instructors to start using the (smart)pen so that they can give him lessons that can translate into home use.”
Pretty amazing stuff!! I am so glad he has her to advocate for him. What a great thing for him to be able to write his name!
The Livescribe smartpen and his iPad have made a huge difference in my great-nephew’s ability to learn the alphabet and start to learn to read.