iStimulation: Apple iPad Use with Children Who Are Visually Impaired, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities

This practice brief reports on a pilot study initiated by the Infant & Early Childhood Program of the Junior Blind of America. The investigation compared the effectiveness of the iPad and the Light Box to teach visually impaired children to work on functional vision tasks (.i.e. strengthen or initiate visual engagement, parental interaction, communication, visual attentiveness, reaching, and activating/making contact with the screen to initiate a desired response). Data was gathered from a sample of 60 children, ages 0-3, over a period of six months to three months for each device. Findings indicate that, in comparison to the Light Box, the iPad was found to be a superior tool in increasing a child’s development in communication, visual attentiveness, reaching, and activating. 

Link: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1114542.pdf

Citation:

Campana, L. V., & Ouimet, D. A. (2015). iStimulation: Apple iPad Use with Children Who Are Visually Impaired, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109(1), 67-72.