Getting Started with the iPad
A guide for parents of children with difficulties reading and writing
Your child struggles with reading and writing in school, and you’ve heard that an iPad could help.
But you have no idea exactly how it will help, what apps to download, or even how to set it up. In the meantime, your child has another exam at school and does poorly.
You can’t help but think, “Could the iPad have made a difference?”
You need to know how to use the iPad to best support your child’s learning, while keeping them safe online.
Getting Started with the iPad is a self-guided online course that teaches you the skills necessary to use the iPad to support your child in school.
After Getting Started with the iPad
You’ll be confident in your own ability to use the iPad.
You’ll know that your child is using their iPad safely while online.
You’ll be able to support and guide your child’s learning experience while they use this new way of learning.
"I attended James' Tablet Course and it was excellent. I learned facilities on the iPad that I was unaware of, which helped me as a parent to have more control over my iPad. I'd highly recommend attending one of his courses if you want to learn more and keep up to date."
– Sheila Hyde, Cork, Ireland
Getting Started with the iPad includes:
30 video lessons
(over 80 minutes)
Private Facebook Community
How to setup a new iPad and configure essential features
How to use accessibility features to improve your child’s reading and writing
Insider tips and the best apps to support your child’s learning
How to keep your child safe and protect their privacy online
This course is not open for enrollment.
This course is for you if:
- You’ve been advised to get an iPad to support your child’s dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Your child recently got an iPad and needs to use it for schoolwork
- Your child already has an iPad, but only uses it for social media or games
- You’re intimidated by the the iPad or unsure of how to get started
"I learned about apps that can put children who are struggling with reading and taking down notes from the board on a level playing field with their peers. Thanks!"
– Trish Keane, Dublin, Ireland
Inside the Curriculum
Section 1 | Setting up the iPad for Success
You’ll learn the basics of the iPad, including the features of different models, how to use the external buttons, and how to charge it. Then we’ll walk through setting up your new iPad for the first time, how to navigate the software, settings and apps.
Section 2 | Backing up your iPad
Why it’s important to back up your iPad, the options available for doing so via iCloud, and how to do it.
Section 3 | Keeping children safe online
Understand the dangers kids face online, and how to use the features of the iPad to supervise their use, keep them safe, and protect their privacy.
Section 4 | Make reading and writing easier
Learn how the iPad’s built-in features can aid your child’s reading and writing skills, and how to use them.
Section 5 | Apps that can help
Understand what apps you need, how they work and in what situations you can use them to help your child's learning.
"It is money well spent and as a parent, it gives me great hope for my child in primary school now, secondary school in the future and maybe even college. Thank you James "
– Marguerite Desmond, Cork, Ireland
I’m James Northridge, the Founder of UrAbility.
At UrAbility, we leverage assistive technology, products and training to help students learn, master and thrive, whatever their abilities and whatever their goals.
I have Dyslexia and understand the learning challenges that face students. I love to empower students to reach their full potential and believe that technology has the power to level the playing field!
I’ve worked with hundreds of families across Europe and the United States to help them use technology more effectively for learning.
I'm currently carrying out research into Assistive Technology for students with Autism and working from UMass Medical School in Boston, where I'm completing a Marie Curie Fellowship.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're still not sure, send me an email at [email protected]. I’m happy to help.