My son likes to read. I’ve mentioned this before. He uses his reading skills to play lots of games on the iPad, unassisted. He can enter his name for scores and credits in the games he plays. Knowing that kids like stickers, some app makers use a fake or “virtual” sticker as a reward for doing well on a game.
One of my son’s favorite apps is called Teach Me Kindergarten. You can learn about this app for your child here. This is a game he will play for 20 minutes at a time. Quietly. By himself. It is a great game when mommy is trying to get something done because he is so engaged in it that he does not move from his spot and he learns at the same time!!
The only bad part to the game is the annoying woman’s voice as “Mimi Mouse”. She is the teacher. She asks a series of questions in the areas of spelling, reading and math. It is a multiple choice exam, basically. She will say, “Find the word “every” and he will have to tap on the word.
If he gets 3 correct, he gets a coin. The coin can be used to purchase “stickers” for scenes. One of the scenes for which he “purchases” stickers is called the “City Scene”. The scene is a cartoon city street with businesses on it. You can buy any of these stickers to add to your City Scene.
There are scenes for the beach, city, farm, reef, pirate cove, and an aquarium. My son prefers the “City Scene.”
Now, if you’ve been around here before, you know that at the end of February I had to rush my son by ambulance to the hospital and he turned out to have a bladder infection. Two weeks later, his grandma was taken to the hospital by ambulance as well. This has made an impression on the little guy.
He has wanted to go to the hospital every day to see his grandma. When he visits grandma, we take the iPad to keep him from reconfiguring her IV drips and deflating her air bed. Most days he does go, he cheers her up. He plays at home with his doctor kit. He says he will be a doctor when he grows up. (The last one I like!)
When you combine his love of playing the iPad game, and the recent “focus” he has had on the medical profession, you can see that the ambulances he has seen up close and personal in the last couple of weeks might be weighing on his mind. So, when he was playing the game on the iPad today, this is what I saw:
You tell me. Is this the mind of a 4 year old ASD boy or just a really bad lawyer’s dream? (Yes, of course current lawyer excepted… ) I think I’ll just leave it at that. I’m pretty sure someone is going to have to make a lawyer joke at this point. That’s ok. I can take it.