Caleb was recently the recipient of a new iPad Mini thanks to the Heather and Liam Connection. This organization brings awareness for persons with autism and other learning disabilities. The have a physical presence at the high school in my hometown but also raise money to provide iPads to kids who would be able to take advantage of all the great apps these tablets have to offer. While Caleb does not have autism or a learning disability, he does use an iPad frequently during physical therapy to help him with his gross motor delays. As a matter of fact, we’ve seen excellent results when he’s focused on a game while trying to stand independently. We had no way of replicating these results at home since we didn’t have a tablet of our own. A few months ago, we asked that Caleb be considered for an iPad and last week, we received it! It sat in the box for a couple days until I could cover that sucker with a kid proof case. We also had a long talk about rules and sharing protocol, etc.
We’ve had several impromptu therapy sessions at home while using the iPad and Caleb has done great! Getting him to stand and bear weight on his legs for several minutes at a time is just so great for building those leg muscles he needs.
We are so thankful to the Heather and Liam Connection for providing us with another tool in our arsenal to help Caleb continue his path toward independent mobility!
And now, Caleb’s also working on building up his time that he can stay standing on his own. We had some success the other night and I wanted to share with you his “8 second” ride.