April 25, 2010
Just a note on the iPad and DSPD
The past few days have been busy with all the yard and house work that spring time always seems to bring. The list of questions for Bertrand's neurologist is set for tomorrow's appointment, which is sandwiched between preschool and hippotherapy.
But what was Bertrand up to this weekend? Playing with his new iPad, of course! Bertrand watched Elmo videos, listened to music, played baby piano, drew pictures, flipped baby flashcards, read ebooks, and played videogames (the last two with help from Mama and Dada).
The device is so sensitive that Bertrand gets instant feedback from the slightest glance of his fingers--this ensures that he is fascinated by it! The iPad seems to have given Bertrand a new awareness of what his hands are capable of, and he has since been caught touching his own feet and playing with his Mama's hair!
We're looking into a picture communication program (either purchased or custom programed) for the iPad as well.
One sour note this weekend was receiving notice that Bertrand had been denied a spot on the waiting list for services by the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD). Mind you, this waiting list is 4 to 7 years long, but for Bertrand to be denied a spot on the list was the ultimate in stupidity. I plan on appealing the decision and, if that doesn't work, seeking assistance from the Disability Law Center, the Protection and Advocacy agency for the state of Utah.