In Brief

SF Weekly reports on an autistic child who showed marked improvement while using the device.

The iPad may be beneficial to autistic children. SF Weekly reports on a mother and her autistic son who won one of the devices in a raffle. She thought nothing particularly of it, until her son Leo began using the machine to draw (he’s not able to draw easily with crayons), play games and as a tool to facilitate social interactions. The iPad has also eased her ability to take Leo on errands because his engagement with the device keeps him occupied. In addition, the iPad’s “cool factor” helps potentially socially marginalized children feel more comfortable in social settings.

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