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Steve Jobs Changed Our Lives

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Everyone has heard the sad news today of Steve Jobs' passing. A man with such creative vision... taken far before his time. 

What not everyone will realise is how much this vision of his has changed the lives of people all over the world into one where they can cope in our world so much more competently than would have been possible before. 

Let me explain.

In the summer of 2010, Max was in hell. Everything was right there and now, the noises that were too scary, the smells that were too much, the lights that were overpowering. He had no way of being able to tell us, so he screamed. And screamed... and screamed. 

In a moment of desperation, out came Mummy's iPhone, with a Cbeebies video on of Razzle Dazzle. 

He instantly focussed all his attentions on that, and the meltdown just disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. 

The way my lil boy can navigate his way through the Apple touch products is just... amazing to witness. It is so completely instinctual, that he picked it up within just a few days of having being introduced. 

His fine motor skills are amazing, his speech is coming on as he tries to copy what's being said in the videos he watched... he's even figured out how to put his favourite songs on to dance to. Not to mention now knowing when he needs some quiet time and taking the iPad up to his room to have some alone time. It's given him some independence in a way I never thought would be possible!

The best thing, though? Is how it's bonded my two boys together. 

Zack, of course... my gamer boy Zack, he loves the iPad. He's shown Max how to play Angry Birds, and Max has actually *watched* and taken it in. 

They will play the 2-player version of fruit ninja, and now Max will even let Zack take turns! 

Zack even said to me, the other day: "It's like I have a proper little brother now, because he actually really *plays* with me, Mummy!"

I know that most of this is to do with how we are with Max, and how much help and support we've been given, but that still doesn't change the fact that the Apple products we own have changed Max's life, and ours, for the better. 

If it weren't for Steve Jobs, Max wouldn't have started to find his voice, or learn how to play *with* his big brother as soon (and I use that term relatively!) as he has. 

THANK YOU Steve Jobs, my love is with your family. 

You are beyond an inspiration, and always will be.