THE LIONS CHANGED MY LIFE A Gift That Helps a Young Girl Blossom When Kaylin Lynch, 10, was introduced to the iPad last year by her special education teacher, she was instantly captivated. At the cognitive development age of a two-year-old and blind in one eye, Kaylin, who has Down’s syndrome, has had her share of difficulties learning and communicating with others. But when her mother, Cindy, saw the magic the iPad was working with Kaylin and discovered its teaching capabilities, she knew this was the tool that could make a world of difference for her daughter. Lynch’s requests for assistance were turned down by several organizations until she contacted the Bay City, Michigan, Lions. She quickly received a response from Lion Ivan Miller, and within three months an iPad was in thrilled Kaylin’s hands. LION Magazine: Were you surprised at how Kaylin responded to the iPad? Cindy Lynch: Yes. I had no idea it could be a learning tool. When her teacher let Kaylin use her iPad, she absolutely fell in love with it. In fact, she didn’t want to give it back at the end of the day! Once I learned about all of the apps [downloadable software programs] for special education teaching, I couldn’t believe it. LM: How does Kaylin use the iPad? CL: There are all kinds of apps that are designed perfectly for her learning level. There are games where she learns shapes, colors and numbers, fantastic audio books, music that she sings along with. She even learns about things like brushing her teeth or household dangers. It’s just amazing. We can always download new apps, so the possibilities are never-ending and there’s always a new activity for her. The iPad will grow with her as she grows. LM: Has the iPad helped Kaylin with communicating? CL: You would have to know her to really realize just how much she’s learned in the year that she’s had the iPad. I’ve seen the positive change in her when she started realizing that people could understand her better. Before, if her stomach or throat hurt, she couldn’t tell me and I would have to try to figure it out. But now she can use the iPad to tell me what’s wrong—that alone is well worth it! LM: Do you see any other changes in Kaylin? CL: Since she’s been able to communicate better with people, I see her becoming more independent and gaining confidence. I can tell she feels more involved with everything. We interact so much more, singing songs and reading stories on the iPad together. I just can’t describe the difference it’s made; it’s such an awesome feeling. This is the best thing that could happen for her, and I can’t thank the Lions enough. I wish every special needs child had an iPad. Lions: have you heard from a beneficiary or a recipient of your kindness, service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you receive from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description of your correspondence to email@example.com. Please include “Thanks and Appreciation” in the subject line.
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