But Jeff and I have been marveling lately at the number of things that Moe can do and ways that he's progressed over the past several months. So I want to spend some time telling you the ways in which Moe is developing and changing. I think it will be good for me too.
So today, I launch the first in a series of posts called: What Moe Can Do!
Moe can play iPad games
Every mother's dream, right? For me, in many ways, yes. For a long time, Moe would take the iPad and just push the button over and over. He would tap an icon to start an app, and basically just randomly touch things or watch the opening sequence then press the button again. And he would drag his whole hand on the screen so that he'd often inadvertently leave an app. He would be easily frustrated or over stimulated.
|Moe does well when the iPad is at an angle.
The OtterBox case is great for this and for protection.
So why am I so excited about this? In part, it is because it is a concrete way to see progress. I can see more sophisticated thinking going on as he becomes better able to work within the apps. It gives me hope that he may be able to navigate a complex communication system in the future.
But most significant right now is that Moe finally has an activity he can do on his own. He is not good at occupying his time. He will spend his free time bored or frustrated and gets into trouble. He wanders the house, climbs things, bounces off the walls, spins in his swing or empties Jelly's drawers (her hair accessories are way more interesting than anything in his room). The iPad provides activities that Moe can do independently. They require focus, problem solving skills and creativity. I try to balance iPad time with generous amounts of physical activity, but just having Moe sit still for a little while is a huge improvement for both of us.
In case you are looking for some apps for your little one, here are some of Moe's favorites right now. Jelly likes these too, though some are not quite challenging enough for her anymore.
-All Toca Boca apps, especially Toca Band (both kids' favorite right now), Toca Doctor, Toca Kitchen and Toca Robot Lab
-Several of the Duck Duck Moose apps, especially Itsy Bitsy Spider
Over the next few days, I will update my Resources page to include a list of apps we like, but if you are looking for an excellent curated list, visit the spreadsheet over at Squidalicious.