iPad is Changing One Northland Girl's Life

By KBJR News 1

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 1:54 AM CDT

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects the learning abilities of nearly one in every 110 children in the United States.

Now, a non-profit organization is changing the way children with Autism are able to learn, including one girl right here in the Northland.

Four year old Jackie Wilde was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder a few weeks before her 3rd birthday.

Since then she has received more than 2,500 hours of various Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies.

"We did some intensive early intervention therapy in our home called floor time therapy and then after she came off a waiting list she started getting professional speech occupational and physical therapy," says Jackie's mom, Beth Wilde.

Now, Wilde is receiving a gift that will help her overcome her disability thanks to a non-profit organization.

"The knowledge is inside of these children and sometimes they're not sure how to get it out, and the iPad seems to be able to make that happen a little bit easier. So they do develop a lot quicker," says founder of Apps for Children with Special Needs Gary James.

Gary James founded Apps for Children with Special Needs after his son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

He says he has seen first hand the benefits of the iPad on his development.

James delivered a new iPad to Wilde, equipped with more than 15-hundred dollars worth of applications designed to help children with disabilities learn more effectively.

"She's a very visual learner. We're thinking that she is going to be able to take in a lot more information, work on her reading skills a lot more," Beth Wilde says.

And Jackie already knows her favorite app.

"My little pony games in it! There's my little pony games! I love my little pony."

"The iPad isn't the miracle, it's the parents and the people behind it that have to work with their children, but I know that if you do that on a daily basis you're gonna see great results, so it makes me feel great," James said.

Thanks to generous donations, James has already hand delivered more than 80 ipads around the United States in the last six months.

If you would like to learn more about Apps for Children with Special Needs or how to donate to the cause, log on to their website http://a4cwsn.com/ipads-in-50-states/

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.