Good Tablet for child with Aspergers/Autism ???
Would this be a good tablet for my 10 yr. old son that has Aspergers/Autism , who is used to using a computer on a daily basis , to have at school ?? He is being evaluated for assistive technology , instead of waiting for the school system to furnish a computer of some kind , I thought this would be better to take to classes . ( 5 different classes 4th grade) I have looked at the specs and think I like this one best . I really prefer Android over Apple ...... Thanks !!!
10-24-2011 08:05 PM
Typically software will be the driving factor. Definitely going with a 10" tablet will be the way to go for your son, simply for the bigger screen. I found a web site that lists Android apps for folks with special needs.
7 Special Needs Apps in the Google Android Market
A good resource, if you were not already aware, is Apps4Android.
Bottom line, the A500 is a great tablet, so, from the hardware side, I don't think you could go wrong with it. The competing Android tablets (including iPad) will work too. The iPad has had the lead so there are ample software already there but with entities like the folks over at Apps4Android is a good sign special needs apps will be available for Android.
Acer Iconia A500 (Current ROM: Virtuous Galaxy 1.1.1)
Thanks for the info. !!! )
Also, I'd recommend getting the VIPertek case mentioned here:
Vipertek A500 case at Amazon
as a low-cost, but durable protection in use and transport, but obviously a padded netbook case would also work (I got one from REI for about $20 and change). Cheers!
The autistic people featured on 60 minutes were using ipads loaded with special software matching their particular needs.
They were working with professionals who knew how to guide them. The autism span is wide and we are just learning how to
define the various levels (types). It was a wonderful story but they did point out not very type of autism seems to be
helped by these devices.
Two things would make me look towards an Ipad.
All ready available apps and the fact that it is just a smoother operating tablet.
It doesn't get any simpler then an Ipad to operate.
The Acer does more, but more isn't always better in all cases.
The Ipad is a good option, due to the maturity of the OS and ease of use...
My 22 yr old daughter has Asperger's and she likes this tablet. She REALLY likes Android in general, so her new "obsession" is the Droid X!