Happy Valentines Day ….

My apologies… I made a change to this Happy Valentines Day post….(the original Valentines Day card app post had more charges to it than I realized – I though it was free but was not really!)… to an option of a sweet, free story appropriate for Valentines Day  or any day from Hallmark!

Did you know Hallmark published free book apps based on their hard copy books? Here is one of their free story apps ….

Cooper’s Big Bear Hug – A free Hallmark interactive Storybook compatible with iPhone/iPod/iPad with a sweet and loving story line. Appropriate for young students and providing read aloud and games.

Here are more free Hallmark interactive story books that read aloud and are appropriate for the emergent reader audience:

  • Watson and the Case of the Sneaky Stealer
  • Bigsby’s Best Friend
  • Abigail and the Balance Beam

Although they might be for younger students, they provide read aloud capabilities, puzzles and are interactive to keep students engaged. Easy navigation with forward and back buttons are presented in a standard manner for ease of access to students.

More free  options for your OT iTool Kit

Happy Valentine’s Day Apping!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to Happy Valentines Day ….

  1. Kathy McNamara says:

    Have you seen the new Injini app “Write My Name” It’s only $1.99 and it’s great. I can’t wait to use this with my kids.

    Kathy McNamara, OT

  2. Julie says:

    Do you know of a simple text to speech app that highlights as it reads? I have a student who has very limited fine motor abilities and is not able to highlight portions of a document that needs to be read. He is cognitively very high but his reading level is much lower. He would like to be able to follow along with an ebook or even read a website.

    • Julie,
      I will need to do some checking, but the highlighting component just doesn’t seem to be readily available in apps like they are on the computer based AT software. Read & Write Gold’s web based app probably does this when text is web based, but I have not had a chance to trial their new product out. There is a minor highlighting component when you convert text into book readers as vBookz although it is not very smooth. When you turn on the speak text function using iOS5 you can select a line which highlights it and it will speak out loud but will not follow the word it is reading. As wonderful as the iDevices are there are many tools and features that just are not yet available on them.
      If I run across any other options I will post it.
      Anyone else have any suggestions??
      Thanks Julie for your visit and comments.

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