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Old 02-23-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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Question Ipad Help??

Planning on getting an Ipad for my 4 year old who has CP & vision problems, & 9 year old who is dyslexic. Can someone tell me about them please? Do I have to have wireless for them? Can I download apps to my PC them put them on the Ipad? It will be mainly used for the boys, so not really interested in surfing the net on it. Any help would be great!
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Planning on getting an Ipad for my 4 year old who has CP & vision problems, & 9 year old who is dyslexic. Can someone tell me about them please? Do I have to have wireless for them? Can I download apps to my PC them put them on the Ipad? It will be mainly used for the boys, so not really interested in surfing the net on it. Any help would be great!
I recommend you not buy them an Ipad and get them something less expensive and more conventional like a small laptop. I'm not convinced a four year old would benefit from either anyway.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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I recommend you not buy them an Ipad and get them something less expensive and more conventional like a small laptop. I'm not convinced a four year old would benefit from either anyway.
I agree 1,000%. Get the kids some kids books that teach them to read and count for now.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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If you post this in the Computer subforum you might get more replies.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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To actually answer your questions:
  • You don't NEED wireless but you cannot buy an iPad without it so why NOT use it
  • You can download apps through iTunes on your PC and install (synch) them on the iPad
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Planning on getting an Ipad for my 4 year old who has CP & vision problems, & 9 year old who is dyslexic. Can someone tell me about them please? Do I have to have wireless for them? Can I download apps to my PC them put them on the Ipad? It will be mainly used for the boys, so not really interested in surfing the net on it. Any help would be great!
Yes, you can download apps from itunes on your PC and sync them to the iPad without worrying about internet connections.

Note though that the iPad comes with wireless so if you have wireless at home for your pc, the iPad will be able to use that. Also if you happen to be at some place that has a wireless connection (like Barnes and Noble), the wireless connection will work on the Ipad.

Btw, the Ipad is absolutely fantastic for special needs kids. There are a ton of great apps.

We don't surf the net on ours, but our speech therapist and occupational therapist use it with my autistic grandson.

Send a direct message if you want more information about how we use ours.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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I agree 1,000%. Get the kids some kids books that teach them to read and count for now.
You have no idea what you are talking about. The OP is talking about children with special needs. The Ipad is fantastic for this.

Reading books is fine, but for a child with vision problems, the iPad works well because you can change the font size. You can read books on the Ipad and it is much more kid friendly.

Not only that, but there are apps that help with fine motor skills, with conversation and communication, etc. The Ipad is NOT electronic games though you can dl and play those. It is not a computer, though you *can* surf the net if you have a connection. It is a great tool for teaching kids, especially kids with LDs or autism.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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KsStorm, have you considered at all getting toys that are specifically designed for special needs children?

Toys for Special Needs Children
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:35 PM
 
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Planning on getting an Ipad for my 4 year old who has CP & vision problems, & 9 year old who is dyslexic. Can someone tell me about them please? Do I have to have wireless for them? Can I download apps to my PC them put them on the Ipad? It will be mainly used for the boys, so not really interested in surfing the net on it. Any help would be great!
Here's a good article about using the iPad with low vision children

iPads May Help Kids with Severe Vision Impairments | Cortical Visual Impairment | TechNewsDaily.com

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The iPad has the potential to increase communication skills in kids living with severe vision problems and become a "life-changing therapy" tool, according to research conducted at the University of Kansas.

New findings reveal that Apple's best selling tablet device may have the ability to improve cortical visual impairment, a severe neurological disorder resulting from brain damage that prevents children from interpreting visual information.

Muriel Saunders, assistant research professor at the University of Kansas's Life Span Institute, was conducting a study about how children respond to adaptive switches – a tool that teaches kids with disabilities cause and effect skills needed for early language development – when her assistant asked to use an iPad to gauge interaction.

"We gave 15 toddlers between the ages of three and four with cortical visual impairment an iPad to play with and were completely shocked with the results," Saunders told TechNewsDaily. "Children with the disorder don’t usually look directly at people and objects, but they were completely drawn to the light of the iPad and could interact with objects on the screen."

Children with cortical visual impairment often work with therapists and parents using a light box – similar to the light box a doctor use to see an X-ray – so they have an easier time seeing lights and objects in high contrast.
Here is a link to the app mentioned

Baby Finger HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Planning on getting an Ipad for my 4 year old who has CP & vision problems, & 9 year old who is dyslexic. Can someone tell me about them please? Do I have to have wireless for them? Can I download apps to my PC them put them on the Ipad? It will be mainly used for the boys, so not really interested in surfing the net on it. Any help would be great!
Apps for dyslexia

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Apps for Dyslexia
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