Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Diwali

A very quiet Diwali at home with both kids being down with flu.After we purchased the I- pad, I and the kids have been spending quiet some time with it.Probably been even bonding over it. With nothing much to do tonight,I just watched Stevejob's Stanford speech.Truly inspirational. There have been so many posts on various blogs by so many parents thanking Steve jobs for the joy and and happiness that the I- pad has bought into their lives. Having experienced it first hand there is no denying the fact, even as I merrily type away this post.
There are so many apps like the story builder,Lego creationary,talking Carl.....just to name a few. Plenty of apps for communication purposes also.One is spoilt for choices.But to narrow down to one , and then to put it to proper use is the challenge. I don' t want Ramam to use Proloquo2 go (AAC aap) just to demand things. I have set and reset his home page and alinged the folders so many times but yet to finalize the way it should be. At the cost of digressing, I shall mention the new version has some excellent features. When you type, the possible lists of words show up, making it very easy to type.One can type and insert it into a folder. This one comes handy when you have to insert a social story, recall an recent outing.
Back to the I-pad, the kids have taken to it like fish to water, especially when you do some of the creative apps ,it offers a much larger canvass. Having tried some of the apps on I- pod touch and the same then on the I-pad , probably made the transition easy. But I- pod or no I-pod, the kids are bound to love it. Here is one more heart felt thanks to Steve Jobs from one another mother.Wonder if Steve jobs would have himself realised how wonderful a gift it would be to autistic children .It is like 'joining the dots' ,part in his speech.The I- pad may have far more applications in a way that he had not envisioned.
Things happen, maybe for the greater good, of which we have no inkling And on that very positive note , I wish all readers a very happy and safe Diwali.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October thoughts

Last year this time around we were busy seeking admissions for my daughter to a different school.In another two months we would be heralding the new year. I know it is a little too early to say "The year that was". If I were to do a quick recap of the year it has been, we changed the schools for both kids, had some good holidays,introduced the I- pod and the I- pad to them , prologue2go the AAC device,keyboard classes for Ramam.The entire effort has been to provide a better ,brighter future for the kids. And every year it is the same story. We try some new therapies, discontinue some, all the time trying to offer the best possible resources (permutations and combinations)for the children.
Every new year eve I have the same prayers,let this be a wonderful year for them, let them pick skills that shall help them along the way. And this is so very true for Ramam. These are not only about skills that may provide him livelihood but also things that he can pursue as hobbies. As the Horlicks ad goes Bigger, Better, Stronger every year.
I have been having this recurrent thought off late.When you talk of preparing them for the future ,it still seems a long way ahead.But when you put a question to yourself "When you move yourself away from the scene, can he survive?" Then there seems an urgency of purpose.In the endless stream of schools ,therapists, you are the only constant factor.Survival skills seem to be most crucial.Can he get ready and go to school by himself? No,but there are kids who can.This is what I should be looking at.This is also where probably setting a process in place helps either by a visual schedule or some other mode where the child does not have to take directions from anybody.
So, then my wait for Diwali Holidays have begun, that I seem to be living in between hols.When Ramam is such a constant factor during the hols ,it takes me a half a day to readjust to his absence,and swing back into action.

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