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.
Ooze app for iPhone and iPad (free) provides play with the color shifting goo some mesmerizing fun! (Free).
For more sensory and regulation apps check out these previous reviews:
Sensory Apps – https://otswithapps.com/2012/05/23/sensory-apps-2/
More Sensory Apps – https://otswithapps.com/2011/04/23/sensory-apps/
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