Do you have students who benefit quiet, self regulation activities on the iPad?
As an OT working with a variety of students, many who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, having regulation apps on my iPad seem to be a must (along with many other sensory processing movement and tools!) . Here are a few favorite apps for the iPad that can help with regulation that can be of help with students:
MeMoves app provides calming music and movements individuals engage in to help with self-regulation. Available for iPod/iPod Touch, (9.99) the app provides guiding geometric shapes you trace or follow along with upper body and arm movements in a rhythmic and organizing manner. The same patterned movements as the MeMoves DVD, the patterned movements focus on three areas, calm, joy and focus using music and upper body/arm movements. A variety of movement patterns that are bilateral symmetrical and asymmetrical and require crossing the midline, motor planning and encourage smooth coordinated movement. Here is a video featuring the MeMoves app:
Pocket Pond app – is an all time favorite app for iPhone and iPad (free, in app purchases available but not necessary) and for Android (free) . Children and adults become mesmerized by the virtual Koi pond and fish that interact with minimal touch of the screen. This tend to be a favorite of several students with Autism I work with and rightly the sounds and and visual interactions make you feel you were at a pond – but without the possibility of getting wet!
Laser Lights app for iPhone and iPad (1.99) is an amazing visual app that provides a dynamic laser light show with interaction on the screen. A menu providing the options of a Take Pic to use a picture from your Photo Album, Sticky Fingers which when turned On keeps the laser light show moving (great for those with limited movement or interactive abilities) and a Visual Mode which seemes to enhance the visual effects. Brilliant colors and patterns are displayed in this app that individuals seeking visual input will love.
Sensory Apps – http://otswithapps.com/2012/05/23/sensory-apps-2/
More Sensory Apps – http://otswithapps.com/2011/04/23/sensory-apps/
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