Give kids a voice: iPads for Autism

 
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Dec 30, 2013

Happy Holidays! iPads keep changing lives of autistic children in Pensacola!

Brendon and Dad
Brendon and Dad

When Sara B signed up for Autism Pensacola's Parent Empowerment Class, she was seeking answers to help her son with autism blossom and grow.  Because of your generosity, Brendon has done just that  shining at school, sharing his interests with friends and even better, sharing special moments with his dad as seen above.  Brendon has also increased his reading skills and is excelling at school.

James was only 5 when his mom took the Parent Empowerment Class.  When she received his iPad, she was so excited to be able to put into practice what she had learned.  Now, 6 months later, James is learning to read!  Prior to getting the iPad, he didn't know his alphabet or how to sound out words, but now, thanks to the iPad, he is learning more and more words everyday! He loves to share stories on the iPad with his mom.  He still resists doing academic work on the traditional paper and pencil, but works hard on the iPad, accelerating his learning.  And his behavior is improving as well, since his mom rewards his good behaviors with fun time on the iPad.  As his mom says, "I am very grateful to have received this iPad.  James has come so far because of it and I know we wouldn't be where we are today without it!"

Eleven year old Max was non-verbal and self-abusive when his mom took the Parent Empowerment class.  Now, he is talking more and more and is beginning to read! He uses the apps on the iPad to learn to read and now has even started bringing books to his mom to read them to her-especially his beloved Toy Story! This is amazing considering she was told he would never be able to communicate at all.  What a blessing!  Max also loves recording things he finds interesting--perhaps this will lead to a career some day!  So many changes in his life are because you gave to help him find his voice--and so much more!

As 2013 comes to a close, we wish you Happy Holidays and thank you again for your support!  We have given 12 iPads to families like these and all of them have been trained on the best ways to teach their children. This maximizes the impact of your donation.  I hope you have a wonderful 2014 and that we can count on your continuing support to make a difference for more of these wonderful children and their families.

Max loves his iPad!!
Max loves his iPad!!

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Susan Byram

Pensacola, Florida United States

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