Top 10 Ways iPads Are Key to Teaching Kids With Learning Disabilities

By now, saying that “the iPad is a great tool for customizing the classroom” wouldn’t exactly be breaking news. But while this holds true for every student, each of whom learns in their own way, iPads are truly a lifeline for students with learning disabilities and the people who work hand-in-hand with them. For these students, iPads act as a translation, communication, and individualization tool with unrivaled effectiveness. In so doing, these devices reduce frustration, build confidence, and, well, just work in teaching students the skills they need to learn to thrive.

Let’s take a look at a few more ways iPads are altering the classroom landscape for students with learning disabilities.

1. They’re Intuitive to Use

Unlike many other devices and previous technologies, touch technology is intuitive to use. This means that iPads just make sense for students whose disabilities cause them to struggle with visuospatial awareness, as apps are easily organized and even more natural to navigate.

Likewise, for students with motor impairments, touchscreen technology is much more in sync with how their bodies move. They are, for example, more likely to be able to tap and swipe than point and click. It is also easier to keep their eyes attuned to one spot (the screen) than it is to visually shift between the screen and the keyboard.

As such, the iPad can actually make an effective bridge technology in developing these motor skills, as we can see in the case study of Vincent, a student with Down syndrome, detailed in this Mashable article. In sticking just to the screen and writing with his finger, Vincent developed the same fine motor skills he would need to a hold pencil. In this way, the iPad is not only easier for students with motor impairments to use, but it is also an effective way to improve motor skills.

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