Do you have a student who likes to listen to music but has difficulty accessing the controls on their iPod or iPad? EZ Tunes is your answer!
EZ Tunes is created and shared by Gweetle UnLtd for free (thank you!). Compatible with iPhone/iPod and iPad, this is a great, simple access method to music on an iDevice. It’s simple, bright buttons activate single songs, albums and play or stop functions. The buttons are clearly presented on the screen along with the picture of the album cover of the song. Songs from your iTunes library are automatically loaded into the app to be played. Pressing the Album or Songs button scrolls through the songs or the album covers to select another song.
Listed as an app made for children or individuals with an developmental or intellectual disability, it is also great for accessibility for individuals with physical disability or some types of visual impairments. Very easy to use and takes no set up at all as it accesses the music and the set up you have in your iTunes library.
Thank you Gweetle for this accessibility tool for special needs, it is a great (and free) addition to an OT’s iTool kit!
I love this app. I work with 13-21 y.o. with multiple disabilities and many have very limited fine motor control. It is very hard to find apps that are age appropriate that also match their cognitive and physical abilities. The only problem I’ve had is the app is does not always respond when a button is pushed.
Julie, I also would encourage you to contact the developers with your concerns about the app. I would guess they want to please their clients and make the app successful for therapist and student!
Do you have games for your students with significant disabilities on your iDevices? Or are they dedicated to communication? We have had great success with bowling games, tic tac toe, 4 in a Row app with some of our special needs students. They go bowling regularly so the bowling game is familiar to them and very successful!
Thank you much for your comment and experience!