Are you aware of Kindergarten.com’s generosity during April Autism Awareness Month?
Kindergarten.com has developed 19 different iPhone/iPod apps with 8 of them now created for the iPad. During April all of the iPad apps and the majority of the iPhone apps are free!
Using an ABA philosophy, their apps provide flash card content to develop expressive and receptive language skills. The apps provide wonderful, focused real life pictures and great sound to provide clarity to the content presented. They have continued to upgrade their apps now providing options in the settings for controlling the audio, labels, descriptions and the ability to select specific target content and reinforcements. A new feature provides the ability to collect data (not by multiple users). Having downloaded these apps a year ago during Autism Awareness Month, improvements provides more customization within the apps.
To check out all of their apps at a glance, go to the App Store on your iDevice, click on Categories at the bottom of the screen. In the search box at the top right of the screen type in “Kindergarten.com”, this will generate all of the apps by iDevice (iPad or iPhone/iPod) that Kindergarten.com has developed. Here is the search results for Kindergarten.com in the App Store:
You can scroll left and right within this search to view all of the app titles and download them from this search page to your heart’s content!
Although not all of these apps may be appropriate for OT’s, I have found some titles helpful with some of my students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Those that I have specifically used included the emotion app with some students needing help to understand feelings and emotions that often are tied into sensory and behavior management. The flashcards provide different pictures of real people of varying ages to aid generalization of those feeling and emotions. The flashcards focusing on letters and objects reinforce academic or daily living concepts that also might focused on with your students.
Be sure to check out the apps and share them with the speech and language therapists and special education teachers you work with.
Happy Apping at Kindergarten.com! Which ones will be added to your OT iTool Kit?