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Jul 15 2012

The boys and their dogs have fun

I wanted to share this because you don’t have to spend money to have fun. All you need is 2 dogs that love to fight water and 2 boys that love to spray them.

For a little bit today,  I felt like a normal family.  I know that sounds bad but I don’t mean it that way.

By normal I mean,  for once,  autism wasn’t a factor in how the day went.  With 3 boys,  all with autism,  days like this are few and far between. Typically,  someone is having a rough day or is overstimulated.  In Gavin’s case,  we very often have extremely disrupting and destabilizing meltdowns.

These meltdowns tend to throw everyone off for most of the day.

When these things don’t occur,  I feel like a normal family.  That’s what I mean.  :-)

Today was definitely one of those days.  The boys were very well behaved and I really enjoyed the time we spent today.  We had our hiccups but nothing we couldn’t overcome.

I’ll have another post about the hiccups later.

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Dec 01 2011

Android apps for your Autistic child 12/01/2011

Helping people help their kids

I have become kind of a voice for and even a sort of lesion between the Autism and Android communities. My goal is to help people realize just how much more potential Android devices have over the Apple line of products.  Not only are Android devices more affordable, they are typically more powerful and allow for complete customization of the user experience.

In other words, if you want a device that can be customized to your child‘s unique needs, at a price starting at less than $200 and access to hundreds of thousands of apps, your only choice is Android. The fact is that more and more people are using Android based smartphone. What many people don’t seem to be aware of, is that their Android based smartphone can be used as an education and/or communication device for their Autistic child. I want to show you how :-)

As many of you are aware, I started a program called Android4Autism earlier in the year. My goal is to take gently used Android devices and fit them with a custom ROM, preintalled with awesome educational apps and some great kid friendly music and donate these devices to families in need.

The other purpose of Android4Autism is to help educate the public about Android and show them how and why it’s a fantastic platform for working with special needs children, more specifically those with Autism. What I want to begin doing is highlighting the hardware and software options that are available for Android. My goal is to work with hardware manufactures and software developers to help spread the word about Android and it’s potential within the special needs community.

Fantastic educational software

Today I want to shine the spotlight on a company called Intellijoy.  Intellijoy is the number one developer of educational software on the Android Market. They have tons of amazing apps, and I have had the pleasure of working with them on Android4Autism. My kids use their apps all the time and have benefited greatly from them. These apps help with hand/eye coordination, learning the alphabet, counting, reading, math, problem solving and also help to build self-esteem and confidence. 

The video below is my youngest son, Emmett. Emmett is using his personal Android4Autism, which is the Galaxy S Epic 4G by Samsung. Emmett is playing Kids Preschool Puzzles by Intellijoy. Emmett was unable to speak and was considered pre-verbal. Working with Kids Preschool Puzzles and other apps just like this, helped him to develop his language skills and build self-confidence. As you will see in the short video clip, Emmett completes a puzzle and presented with positive feedback by the app and dances with joy at his ability to complete the puzzle.

As a parent, moments like this are absolutely priceless.

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Here is actually a closer look at the Emmett’s Android4Autism device, the Galaxy S Epic 4G by Samsung. The video quality could be better but the camera I was using wasn’t very good, sorry.

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Here is a list of the apps currently available on the Android Market by Intellijoy:

**Please note that there are also paid versions of the same apps that provide more content.

 

 

 

 

Kids Preschool Puzzle FREE

Kids Numbers and Math FREE

Kids Reading (Preschool) FREE

Kids Connect the Dots FREE

Kids ABC Phonics FREE

Kids ABC Letters FREE

 

Kids Connect the Dots Xmas

Kids Shape Puzzle Halloween

 

Recommendations

I want to make sure that you folks out there are aware of apps, like those from Intellijoy, are available for your Android device. In many case, as with the ones I have highlighted today, there are free versions that you can try out and see how your child likes them before committing to a purchase. Lost and Tired and Android4Autism fully endorse these apps. I have personally used these and so have my kids.

In fact, as I typing this, Elliott is using Kids Connect the Dots Xmas and having a great time will practicing his numbers.

I hope this is helpful for you because I know how challenging it can be to find things out there that can help your Autistic child learn and grow in their own unique way. I truly believe that Android based devices, in conjunction with great software like the apps I have highlighted in this post, can really help your Autistic child.

In all honesty, even your typical children can benefit greatly from all that Android and the Android Market have to offer. Please never hesitate to contact me with your Android related questions. I will do my very best to help you out. :-)

Would you like your Android app or Android based device featured and reviewed?

If you would like your Android based app or Android based hardware to be reviewed and featured on this blog, please contact me for details.

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Nov 01 2011

Sensory Bombs [Giveaway]

I have partnered with the Jillian McCabe, the maker of Sensory Bombs, to provide three of my readers with five FREE Sensory BombsSensory Bombs are a tool to help your special needs and/or typical children with bath time and subsequently bed time..

Sensory Bombs are calming tools that offer a highly effective sensory experience. In essence, they are like a weighted blanket for the bathtub; they make the water heavier and provide evenly distributed pressure that “hugs” the muscles and joints. As a result, the child is relaxed, moisturized and able to transition into a restful sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also read my review (See: Sensory Bombs [Review])

 

Jump in and enter to win 5 FREE sensory bombs, shipped directly to your doorstep.  This giveaway is once again run using Rafflecopter. Should you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Me.

 

 

 

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Oct 23 2011

[Giveaway] Win a FREE Box4Blox

 

I have partnered with the makers of Box4Blox to provide one of my readers with a FREE Box4Blox. Box4Blox is the ultimate solution for your child’s Lego collection. Below is a brief video explaining what Box4Blox is.

You can also read my review (See: Box4Blox is the solution to scattered Lego’s

 

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May 27 2011

Progress and tragedy

Yesterday was a day of mixed blessings. There were some positives and also great tragedy.

I’ll start with the good news. Lizze left here final treatment MIGRAINE FREE. After almost a 2 month long migraine she finally has met with relief. Thank you everyone for your support, thoughts and prayers during this process.
Emmett is really taken to using the phone to learn. He is learning new words and building self confidence at the same time. It does at least, appear to be helping him settle down a little bit. He actively seeks these learning apps out and has learned to navigate the device himself. So that’s also good news.

We also received some really bad news as well. A friend of my family, someone I grew up with lost their 8 month old daughter last week to a yet unknown illness.. We don’t have all the details but PLEASE say a prayer for them. This is an is an unimaginable time of grief.

Lizze found out yesterday that a member of her family (someone very special to her) had a resurgance of cancer and is in the hospital. PLEASE pray for them. I’ll post more when I get permission. For now we just need your prayers.

On a much less tragic note the van broke down again yesterday afternoon. We were stuck in traffic and on the way home from picking Lizze up from her last treatment and Emmett and Gavin up from school when the van died again. We were passed by one car before an old beat up pick up truck stopped and offered to push us out of the busy intersection. We ended up walking home but it was only a few blocks.
So thank you, whoever you were. I appreciate your kindness. My family appreciates your kindness. The van is once again in the shop after once again being towed there.

Please keep these people in your prayers.

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May 21 2011

How About a bit of good news for a change

I chronical the experiences in our lives in the manner in which they happen. More often then not, it’s bad news, well more like, not good news. On occasion, when the good stuff happens I want to make sure I share that as well. I’m very aware of how depressing this blog can be at times. However, I tend to look at it this way. Despite ALL that we are living through, we somehow manage to persevere. I think that’s a very REAL positive. That’s how I choose to look at the content of this blog. Now, as I mentioned before I do have some positive news to report.

Earlier this week I make arrangements with Cinema Libre Studio to do a Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic give-a-way. I haven’t figured out how I’m going to give it away yet. It’s a great film and you can read my review here. It’s even better when it’s FREE.. So stay tuned for more details.

I was interviewed this week by CNN for a story that’s running on Monday. When the story goes live I’ll get a link and be sure to post it here. I’m pretty excited to be a part of this, thanks Madison.

Let’s see…what else.. Oh..Emmett is doing really well in the potty training department. He has learned to go both #1 and #2 in the potty.. I’m really proud of him as I know this wasn’t the easiest thing for him.

Elliott will be attending his very first “friend” birthday party on Sunday. He’s really excited but honestly I not sure who’s more excited, him or me. He picked out the present he’s going to bring and even the card. We have to get it wrapped today so he’s ready for tomorrow.

Lizze and I got to FINALLY go out last night. We went to dinner and a movie for the first time in years. We saw the new Pirates movie. It was just nice being able to finally get away for a little bit.

Lizze and I are getting closer to launching out medical binders. Hopefully these will help to support our family. We still need a name for them and it’s taking a bit because of everything else going on in our lives.

So this is some positive stuff….right? These are all good things in my book. I’m very happy to be able to share some positive news for once. :) I have a few more posts I would like to do today but they will have to wait until after the grass gets cut.

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