Teachers of students with autism say it's the year of the iPad.
It provides motivation. It helps with therapy and handwriting practice. It even models appropriate ways to share toys or take turns.
For 7-year-old Joshua Brooks of Glen Ellyn, the device has educational, therapeutic and entertainment value — something teachers and parents say they're recognizing more these days.
“It's really been a great tool,” said Joshua's mother, Lisa Brooks. “We use it for a combination of enjoyment activities for him and also educational components. He prefers playing the games and the various apps that are on there, and we use the iPad with him a lot as a motivational tool.”