Last week Mark, Peyton and I had the privilege to meet the awesome people at Flipboard. We love Flipboard in our home and are always spreading the “Awesomeness” of Flipboard to everyone and anyone who will listen. I find most people know of/use Twitter, Facebook, snapchat etc etc…but haven’t heard of Flipboard. This is a shame for so many reasons, but most of all because it truly has the ability to change the world. I know this may seem like an over statement, but let me explain why I say this.
Mark Twain said “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read” Reading is an important tool to learning about so many subjects that we may never otherwise be exposed to. I remember as a kid reading the covers of so many magazines, in stores and having them peak my interest in subjects. I taught my older kids to be inquisitive, and trust me they are..in fact there are times I get frustrated by their questions, and yes they are now adults : ) When Peyton was young I never saw that desire in him. As I have stated before these were all warning signs to me. I knew I would need to help develop that desire in him to learn. With Flipboard I can teach him more than I can with other similar venues. When he was young he did “magazine therapy” We would sit for hours and I would teach him facial expressions, common words etc…this was a great way for him to recognize not only emotions, but also to build his vocabulary. I truly wish I had Flipboard back then, as I could and would have designed magazines that would have been even more helpful for Peyton. One of the most beautiful things about Flipboard is that I can have pictures, blogs and videos all in a magazine that can and do help Peyton learn. He has his own magazines and they help stir his creativity and promote learning. Not all autistic teens and adults learn to read and that’s where Flipboard can really help. While it is a “reader” it allows for beautiful pictures and videos as well. We all learn at a different rate and in different ways. Flipboard allows for many of those different learning styles” to be used!
I truly believe in the advantages of Flipboard, I see it as a not only a learning tool but as a social connector. Many autistic teens and adults have subjects they really love..such as weather, cartoons, stop motion etc….Flipboard allows for them to make a magazine filled with their passions. They can invite others to contribute as well. We have set up a Flipboard magazine called “Flipping Autism into Awesomism” and we invite you to check it out and see first hand how awesome Flipboard is! Another great thing about these magazines is they can be made private. This way if you want to use them strictly as a learning source for just you and your child, you can. There is so much available on the web and the ability to put it in a well organized format that can be looked at over-and-over is awesome. Repetitive viewing can help take away some of the stress as well. Your magazines are easily retrieved for future viewing. I think even Mark Twain would love Flipboard!