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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Dylan and Ryan Tossell have unlocked something new and exciting.

The 7-year-old twins can’t stop oohing and ahhing as they work on iPads in their classrooms.
“It’s miraculous, it is,” says Heidi Tossell, Dylan and Ryan’s mother. “It’s made our home life much easier.”

The Jane Justin School at the Child Study Center in Fort Worth just got 14 new iPads thanks to a $10,000 grant.

“What other children their age are learning in the classroom they are learning now,” says Tossell about her children working with the iPads

The students aren’t playing games on them, but they are mastering math problems, their ABC’s and learning how to read on them.

“The iPad is particularly individualizable you can customize them very nicely,” explains Dr. Anthony Cammilleri with the Child Study Center.

Dr. Cammilleri says the devices lessen the symptoms of the disorders they work with and it helps kids deal with sensory overload.

Since the students have trouble with their hand-eye coordination, tablet computers like the iPad are easy for them to use and it allows them to stay more focused.

“The fact that a classroom full of students was fully engaged a hundred percent engaged on material despite what their biological conditions indicate it’s really quite a feat,” explains Dr. Cammilleri.

George Haddaway’s mother Shannon agrees.  George, 6, has special learning needs and his mom says the iPad has become a new tool for the family.

“He is very into science and nature,” says Shannon Haddaway “He wants to get on websites and look at rocks, seashells and fossils and the iPad allows him to do that easily.”

There are several apps designed for just autistic kids and children with other learning disabilities including ones for music and reading.  The Child Study Center hopes to get several more devices, that way they can send them home with the families.

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