Parenting a child with special needs can have its ups and downs. However, thanks to the fact that we now live in a world filled with advanced technology, we have access to a variety of handy gadgets that can be useful and make life a whole lot easier. From keeping your kids entertained to ensuring they stay safe and sound, these gadgets are must-haves for parents of children with autism. Each one of these awesome gadgets can offer parents of children with special needs peace of mind and the support they need. We all need a bit of help every now and then. Why not use technology to help you get through those tough times and make life just a little bit easier?
1. My BuddyTag
The BuddyTag is an amazing Bluetooth tracking device that children are able to wear around their wrists. Before you head out, your children can strap it on, and it will send you a warning if they wander out of the area. It looks like a wristwatch, so it’s discreet, and features either a terry cloth or Velcro band to ensure that it fits your child comfortably. It also has a very cool design that your kids can appreciate! You can keep track of your child through a free BuddyTag app on your smartphone or tablet.
Smartphones allow us to keep in contact with one another and utilize a wide range of helpful apps. However, they can be difficult (and expensive) for children with special needs to use. This is why 1stFone comes in handy! It features large easy-to-read buttons, pre-programmed numbers, and a thin 7mm kid-friendly design. It comes in a variety of colors to choose from. You can also customize the amount of buttons you want the phone to have (ranging from 2 to 12), and add images to the buttons for children who are unable to read.
Do you have a child who may need a bit of help in the organization and scheduling department? The WatchMinder3 helps to reinforce positive behaviors, manage tasks, and even keep track of medication schedules. Instead of sounding a loud, obnoxious alarm, it simply vibrates to give your child a helpful reminder. The watch can also be easily programmed by the touch screen, so you do not have to worry if you do not have a smartphone or tablet. It can also be programmed to vibrate at different times of the day or at random time intervals.
4. Junior Animal Earmuffs
The Junior Animal Earmuffs are perfect for children with heightened auditory sensitivity. They allow your child to reduce noise while still being able to hear conversations. The earmuffs feature an adjustable padded headband, cushions that sit comfortably on the child’s ears, and a 27-decibel noise-reduction rating. These noise-reduction ear muffs also come in a variety of super cute animal designs, which include a tiger, panda, and bear.
5. FatFrame for iPad
Nowadays, there are so many apps available that are designed specifically for children with special needs, as well as those that offer parents, teachers, and therapists the tools and support they need. An iPad gives you access to most of these wonderful apps, including Camp Discovery for Autism. However, if you want to spare your iPad from drops and scrapes, you may want to consider buying yourself a FatFrame, which is an iPad protection system designed for children with disabilities. The founder of FatFrame, Alison Nicholson, actually created this tech tool for her own two children, who both have additional support needs.
6. PocketFinder Personal GPS Locator
This small and compact locating device can be put easily into your child’s pocket or hooked onto your child’s backpack to keep track of your child using a website or mobile app. You can create a “Geo-Fence” zone to ensure that your child stays within a particular perimeter. If your child leaves that area, you will receive an email, text message, or push notification alert. The PocketFinder Personal GPS Locator lets you customize your battery settings, so you will not have to worry about the battery life running out before you have a chance to recharge it. It’s also great to use with pets! Just hook it onto your pet’s collar, and you’re all set.