Seminar Teaches Special Needs Parents About iPad Apps

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Caroline Fehlhafer knew the speech applications on her iPad helped her son communicate better in school. That's why she brought a group of parents with special needs children together to learn how technology can improve learning.

"I wanted them to see the apps and what is out there as well as how to get funding and how this technology can benefit our children," said seminar organizer, Fehlhafer.

The seminar taught parents where to go to for technical support and about opportunities to try before you buy.

"Let's say you already have an iPad and you're thinking about buying a speech app. Some of the speech apps are $189 and you don't know if it's going to work out for your child, so try it out first," Fehlhafer added.

The type of iPad case used is actually almost as important as the apps themselves. Many cases used in special education classes have been military tested for strength and designed with special sense stimulating features.

"One of the cases they showed in there, she literally dropped it from four feet up, bounced on the floor no problem. We're going to get that," said Roger Mundt, father of a son with Down Syndrome.

Speakers and parents both agreed that consistency is key when using occupational and physical therapy apps.

"One of the best ways to do it is to make sure you have the same apps as the school has so you're working on the same things," Fehlhafer said.

"You've got to continue that education at home. If you're not continuing it literally all the time, it has a tendency to get forgotten," said Mundt.