Autism and the Incredible Flying Music Machine.

I hold the world record for destroying an Ipad faster than anyone else. I wish I could tell you I had an incredible story to go with it…

We wanted to buy Kyle a communication device and also a way to play his own music whenever he chose. About ten years ago, Ipads seemed to me making communication possible for people with autism. Future Shop was having a sale, and off I went to buy my son some normalcy. I was ecstatic, hoping Kyle would magically start typing all his thoughts out, and maybe we could start developing a closer relationship with him, if he could talk through a device.


Kyle and me


Of course, the salesperson tried to sell me an expensive warranty which came at almost the price of the actual tablet, but would replace it twice, if broken or destroyed, no questions asked. I called Vance asking him if I should buy the warranty. He said whatever I decided was fine with him.  I told the salesman no, then he convincingly had me by the throat, and I ended up paying for the warranty plus another $100 for an Otterbox, which he claimed now made my tablet almost indestructible.

I drove home feeling a bit like an idiot for getting tricked into that sale. I pulled into the driveway and parked. Vance and Kyle pulled in next to me, and I grabbed the white box the Ipad was in and hopped out of the car, thrilled to show Kyle the new toy that was going to change his life.

Vance rolled down the window, and I held up the box and showed Kyle. Then I took the lid off and tipped the box up so he could see it, his eyes lit up. Then like a slow motion movie, the Ipad slipped out of the box and onto our gravel driveway, into a million pieces. I stood dumbfounded staring down at all the glass. I looked up, and Vance was rolling his eyes and shaking his head, “Did you buy the warranty?”

Back I went to Future Shop, less than an hour after I made the life-changing purchase. With my head hanging and my face red with embarrassment, I found the same salesman. He stared at me in disbelief, “I don’t think anyone had broken an Ipad that fast before, good thing you bought the warranty!”

I left the store with four salesmen staring at my back, I knew they were snickering… or maybe I was just paranoid. Apparently a year later they were still telling that story.

I went home with my second new Ipad in one day, and we immediately put the Otter box indestructible cover on. We downloaded different programs to teach Kyle how to communicate using his new toy. But to our disappointment, he ended up having no interest in talking through the device. He wanted to use it for music. So it became the Incredible Flying Music Machine. That Otterbox seemed to be almost indestructible…


Kyle threw the IFMM off our great room balcony at least a hundred times, landing fifteen feet below in one piece, after hitting our fireplace wall first. He threw it out his bedroom window on any given day, rain or shine. When his aides were driving down the highway, Kyle would roll down the window and chuck it. He thought it was funny to watch them slam on the breaks and search along the road for it, as he sat in the car rocking back and forth, listening to the radio.

Then the day finally came… The IFMM went off the balcony and landed screen down on top of a glass filled with water and was dead.

Goodbye IFMM!

It started out as parents wanting to communicate with their child. We had good intentions. Helping our son was our goal, by lessening his frustrations due to not being able to talk. In the end, he communicated quite perfectly with us. Every time something didn’t go as he hoped, he threw the IFMM… to show us he was mad.

It reminded me of another relationship I had. For years, God kept handing me his love letters… the Bible. I kept chucking them back at him. I didn’t want to read his notes, I was mad at him. I wanted to chuck them out the window and hope they disappeared into thin air. He kept persisting till he won me over. Love can be a battle sometimes. If a person loves someone enough, they will keep communicating till they get through.

Otter boxes … well, I had one on my phone, and when I ran over it with my car, it broke… sadly they’re not indestructible. God’s word is one of the only indestructible things that has survived thousands of years and many people have tried to destroy it. You can’t suppress the truth, it can survive almost anything.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Believing and hoping

Cindy Seaton



Author: cindyseaton69

I am the author of Beauty From Ashes: A Mother's Journey from Bitterness to Hope.