Though there are other computers designed for children with autism, a growing number of experts say that the iPad is better. It’s cheaper, faster, more versatile, more user-friendly, more portable, more engaging, and infinitely cooler for young people. "I just couldn’t imagine not introducing this to a parent of a child who has autism," says Tammy Mastropietro, a speech pathologist based outside Boston who uses the technology with numerous clients. She sees it as a game changer for those with autism, particularly those most severely affected.
Great article at SFWeekly, offering up some happy and moving examples of the powerful impact the iPad is having with autistic children. I can’t think of too many other uses for the iPad that are more deserving of the ‘magical’ tag for the device.