Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the iPad

The iPad...wow...what an amazing tool for our kids!!! We got my boys an iPad a couple months ago, and already it is teaching Brady so much about reading, spelling, working on his fine motor and handwriting, and he is learning to play memory games and make patterns. Ty is learning to count, working on his fine motor skills with dot to dots, learning animals and the animal sounds, and so much more. Also, a major bonus I've found from our iPad is it helps my boys to appropriately entertain themselves when out in public places where we have to wait (doctor offices, therapy centers, restaurants, etc). The best part is MY BOYS LOVE THE IPAD! They have paid so much attention to each other fighting over it! (this is an amazing thing since they rarely even notice the other one is in the room!) The apps available for the iPad are tremendous. I did a lot of research on apps that connect with kids with autism and help to teach them. Here are some links and lists to definitely check out if you are lucky enough to have an iPad for your child with autism:





Some of Brady & Ty's favorite apps are:

FirstWords Deluxe (works on spelling and receptive words)
letterTraceLt (handwriting)
Word Magic (spelling and fill in the blanks)
WorldWorld (all their apps are good for reading, spelling, an fine motor)
ABC Puzzle (fine motor and alphabet)
Build A Word (another WorldWorld one)
Count TV (Ty loves this one, it works on counting with the Count from Sesame Street)
Dot 2 Dot (number sequencing & fine motor)
Go, Diego, Go (patterns)
iWriteWords (handwriting)
MacDonald (animals & their sounds)
Nick Jr's A to Z (letters and searching)
Preschool Connect the Dots game (letters & numbers and fine motor)
Shapes and Colors
Signing Time (an absolute must have!)
Starfall ABC's (Brady's ABSOLUTE favorite...TOTALLY AMAZING!)
Thomas the Train Games (memory game, puzzles, mazes)
Seuss ABC
Whizzit 123
Whizzit Words
My First Tangrams
Drawing Pad

Okay, I could go and and on, but those are our 20 favorites I'd say. Pictello is AMAZING for creating your own social stories with your own pictures! We have iPrompts too which has a good picture schedule and choice board. I got iDress for Weather but we haven't tried it out yet. And a good one to prep them for public outings that are sometimes difficult is Model Me Going Places. It looks like all the ABA flashcards are free for the month of April again this year in honor of Autism Awareness month. So if you search "ABA" in the app store on iTunes you will find tons of free ABA flashcard apps. Here is a list I got over email just last week with additional apps available for our kids:

Proloquo2Go ($189.99, iPhone, iPad) - The go-to, full featured AAC solution for people who have difficulty speaking. Provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices.

Comm (Free, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - A picture and voice communication aid designed for pre speech toddlers or children with disabilities.

iCommunicate ($19.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Facilitates language comprehension using pre-loaded pictures and storyboards/routines and custom audio recording.

iConverse ($9.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - AAC application breaks down communication barriers using 6 different icons to represent basic needs like food, drink, bathroom, and others.

MyTalk ($39.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - The breakthrough AAC application enables customization of images, pictures, symbols, and audio files including human voice.

Look2Learn ($24.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - The revolutionary AAC application helps students develop communications skills by expressing their wants and needs with recorded personalized audio and photos.

Talking Tom Cat (Free, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Pet cat responds to touch and repeats the user's spoken words.

Talking Larry the Bird ($4.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Larry whistles and repeats the user's words.

Stories2Learn ($13.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Create personalized stories that demonstrate visual cues, is great for teaching social messages via visual story telling. Helpful for students with Autism or Asperger's diagnosis, as they sometimes have difficulty reading social cues.

Pictello ($14,99, iPad, iPhone) - Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices. Pictello is developed for all ages and skill levels, so it is easy to use and requires no reading skills to locate and read stories. Pictello offers an easy visual story creation wizard so everyone can use pictures and sound to share important moments in their lives. An advanced editor gives full control of the editing capabilities.

Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant ($2.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Encourages eye contact through creative play.

Eye Contact - Toybox ($2.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Helps children practice eye contact using simple, immediate rewards for quick eye contact focus.

AutismXpress (Free, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPad) - Encourages people with autism to recognize and express their emotions using a fun and easy to use interface.

Angry Octopus ($7.99, iPad, iPhone) - An illustrated children's book about how to handle anger and calm down.

Behavior Tracker Pro ($29.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Allows educators, behavioral therapists, aides, teachers, parents to track behaviors and graph them.

iRewardChart ($2.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Makes it easy to reward children for good behavior and keep them motivated.

Draw Free for iPad (Free, iPhone, iPad) - Application lets you sketch, doodle, draw, erase, and share content via twitter and email.

First Words ($1.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Helps preschoolers and toddlers build their vocabulary using entertaining games.

TappyTunes ($1.99, IPhone, iPod touch) - Lets users play piano or guitar by tapping a screen with animated graphics.

Sentence Builder for iPad ($2.99)

Dr. Seuss ABC - ($3.99) - Dr. Seuss's ABC teaches young readers the ABC's through hilarious words and pictures, guaranteed to entertain any young child.

Green Eggs & Ham - ($3.99, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - This timeless Dr. Seuss classic is now available as an eBook featuring professional narration, background audio, and digital artwork.

Toy Story 3 Read-Along ($8.99, iPhone, iPad) - Interactive reading experience includes games, sing-along tunes, voice recording, and other features.

Toy Story 2 Read-Along ($8.99, iPhone, iPad) - Interactive reading experience includes games, sound effects, movie clips, and other features.

Toy Story 3 (Free, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Includes games, movie updates, trailers and other features.

MeeGenius- ($1.99 iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) - Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told children's books that can help any child improve their reading. With audio playback and word highlighting, learning to read is made easier.

Alice for iPad - ($8.99) - Experience the future of digital reading with Alice for the iPad, and witness the Cheshire Cat disappear, or tilt your iPad to make Alice grow as big as a house. This wonderful book is filled with hundreds of animated scenes.

MakeChange - Money Counting Math Game for iPad - ($.99) - Practice counting change and doing addition problems.

First Grade Pencil-Pail Learning Game ($9.99) Give your child a coloring program, a learning game, dot-to-dot puzzles, and educational videos all in one app. Your child will touch, listen, laugh, and learn as he or she discovers important skills through play and practice.

Math Magic (.99) - Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colours, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem.

Mad Math 2.0 ($1.99) - Mad Math is great for kids to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts with features like flashcards and games that focus on arithmetic and recognition.

Also, if your child uses the iPad as a communication device and you need a heavy duty carrying case for it, check out the iAdapter here.

If you need something to simply block the home button on your iPad to keep a child within one app, check out http://bubcap.com/

If you have other favorites please share! I'd love to know more about how other kids are using the iPad and how they are learning from it!!! The only way we learn in this world of autism is by sharing with each other :)


Anonymous said...

Great blog...this is a helpful tool for autistic children:


Anonymous said...

I am just graspiing at straws here, trying to get my 6 year old non verbal son an iapd and the apps. i saw your previous post regarding medicaid, Do you or any of your readers know if medicaid would pay for this?? I do know they pay for speech assistive devices and such. So i was just wondering, if they did it would sure be a way for a lot of kids that need this to get one. THanks =)

Anonymous said...

I am buying the ipad for my 4 1/2 yr. old who has mild autism. I will post in the future once we have tried a few apps. I saw a post that had a video of a child with autism using an ipad. The child was using an app. that had a character who was imitating the child's movement and words. Does anyone know what app. that was? Thanks.