Finding an electronic device that he can work is horrible. He is not really coordinated and has trouble with motor skills. He is always fumbling and dropping things. It cannot be complicated, or he cannot do it. It cannot be really small, or he cannot do it. He does not like anything on his head, so nothing with earphones.
My son is 16, in a wheelchair, and delayed a bit, but loves music and looking at pictures. Last year we bought him for Christmas, an MP3 player made by fisher price for toddlers. We took off all the little kids songs and loaded it with his type of music. It plays through a speaker. It is durable and easy for him to push the buttons. He carries it everywhere at home, if he drops it, it doesn't break, and the buttons are very simple.
This year we are trying the Fisher Price IXL. It is for kids too little for a portable game player. It is durable, has a couple simple stories, a game to play, and you can load pictures and songs. You can increase the memory to 15 gb with an SD card. I have loaded some pictures and a few songs to get him started. He can draw on the pictures and add hats and things and erase it to the original picture again. He can listen to his music, and play very simple games. It gives him directions of what to do to get him where he wants to be. I hope it will be a hit.
We also collect VCR's because he can run that by himself. The DVD players are too hard, he breaks CD's and DVD's. We are always looking for movies for him and music videos. He loves to watch them, also he loves to watch Larry the Cable guy. He laughs so hard. It is getting hard to find movies and tapes for the VCR's though.
If anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear them. It is so challenging to find things to keep his attention, and also that he can do independently.