This app is great for all levels of learning! We have not found a child who doesn’t like this app, and it offers all different levels of learning depending on the child’s cognitive ability. The app focuses on letters and their sounds, but each letter has its own screen with a fun cause and effect activity. We found when trialing this with children who have delayed language development, that they were very motivated to repeat the sounds after they heard it. The app uses very colorful and fun illustrations as well as fun background music.
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Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with Autism, a complex neurobiological disorder typically characterized by communication, social, and behavioral delays. Much media attention has focused on the power of tablet technology for communication, especially for those who cannot express themselves. Less discussed, but just as life-changing are apps that can be leveraged to address significant learning difficulties for people with Autism, including social interaction, engagement, organizational skills and transitions. Panelists will discuss how apps can effectively target skill development and harness strengths for those who need flexible modes of learning. Panelists will also examine the growing need for exceptional app development that allows users to create and customize content, track data, and monitor progress. A variety of apps and their target uses will be addressed and each panelist will weigh in on app features that benefit those with social, behavioral, and communication delays.
With the holidays right around the corner, check out our tips for getting started, making the most out of the iPad, and celebrating the season with the ones you love in our latest article in the November/December issue of Parenting Special Needs Magazine!
In this article, we cover three topics to help you get started:
The Basics on AccessoriesMaking a Plan for using an iPadApp Suggestions
Five Sharks Swimming clearly focuses on counting and learning the numbers 1 – 5. It is highly engaging for students as they are drawn to the catchy song and simple, uncluttered interface. This developer kept the learning challenges of students with special needs in mind by including switch accessibility into their app! Therefore, this app can be accessed through touch, single switch or two switches.
These instructions cover the following topics (the times given are just a guideline to help you plan):
Unboxing the Android Tablet (5 Minutes)Installing a screen protector (20 Minutes)First Time Setup including registering the tablet with Google (15 Minutes)Ordering your first application directly on the tablet (10 Minutes)