Child phone advice?????

Hi everyone,

Now that my son is older (19) I'm wanting to teach him to use the phone. Then he can carry a cell phone, for a variety of uses - right now he sees them mainly as portable YouTube devices. He's not really conversational at this point and is considered moderately to severely affected.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any tips about what / how to teach about this? He likes the idea of having one, but if there were a way to get him a reasonably priced tablet with mobile data I'd also consider that, since that's pretty much how he would use a phone at this point anyway.

But of course learning to text and make/take calls could be very useful eventually....

Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.