In honor of their 4 year birthday, Duck Duck Moose will have the app “Wheels on the bus” for free to download starting today Friday January 25th- Sunday January 27th. This app is great for early learners, as well as using it for the following: following simple directions, describing, imitating, and much more. I strongly suggest going to the following link and downloading it while its free!
PECS system (Picture Exchange Communication System)
The Grace app for Autism is a basic vocabulary of pictures that can be customized by the iPad’s camera as well as photos or images found on the Internet.
The Grace app for Autism is a non-speaking picture exchange system for non-verbal people to communicate their wants and needs more effectively. It comes pre-loaded with eight categories (sentence makers, colors, shapes & numbers, my body, food & drink, things I like, things I need, and places). The app is laid out nicely and easily organized. The major drawback to this app is the labeling choices on some of the pre-loaded pictures. It is evident that they are not typical labels that we would use in the U.S. (i.e. picture of underwear labeling it as “pants” and picture of french fries labeling it as “chips”). The edit button does not allow you to edit the wording, it only allows for the picture to be deleted from the category. This means that you would need to find and add in all the proper pictures with labeling yourself. If you are willing to put the time into finding the proper pictures for your son/daughter to customize this app, it can be extremely useful. As a therapist, you could use this app in replace of laminating and making PECS. It allows for simple communication and can provide the user with a simple way to communicate his or her needs and wants. It should be noted once again, that this app does NOT speak. This is not to be confused as an AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) app. This app will allow the user to form simple sentences, request, and know the expectations placed on them (i.e. first homework next computer).
Simple to use 1. Pre-loaded pictures labeled improperly
8 pre loaded categories 2. Time consuming to find & load pictures
Customizable 3. High price point
4. Grace app manual 4. Edit button only allows for deleting picture
This app would really benefit from having the “edit” button do more. If you could easily change the label of the picture, this app would be quick, simple, and ready to use. For its price point the app should be ready to go for people in various locations around the world. On the other side, the Grace app website http://www.graceapp.com/ is full of information, videos, and a very detailed manual on how to use the app.
Apple provides intelligent and innovative solutions for people with disabilities, allowing them to access — and enjoy using — Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV. Join Andrea Flynn of Speech N’ Teach Apps to learn firsthand how Apple continues to set a high standard for accessibility.
Who: Andrea Flynn B.A., SLPA, Lillie Vosa M.S. CCC-SLP, Stefanie Meyer M.S., CCC-SLP, and Melissa Kelley MT-BC, SLPA
What: In store event with Speech N’ Teach Apps discussing and teaching Apple apps for people with disabilities
Where: Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
When: This Saturday the 10th from 11am-12pm.
We will be discussing multiple apps and how to use them. Please let anyone whom you think would benefit from this know about the event. Bring your ipad or iphone!
Here are the last 10 codes I have for VideoTouch-Animals. If you got VideoTouch-Vehicles, DO NOT take a code. They are the SAME app! Please like us and mention us on your Facebook and to your friends and family! Thanks and good luck
I just wanted to let you know that Toca Boca put their doctor app for free in the App Store today to honor “back to school” week. This is a great app with lots of educational content that usually costs $1.99. You can click on the link below to find and download it for FREE today.
This is my first official post and I just wanted to give a basic summary of what to expect.
1. Twice a month, I will be picking one app from the App Store to review and try out in depth.
2. I will then be teaching how to incorporate the app from an educational/speech related standpoint to use in every day play on the iPad.
To start, I would like to get people’s feedback on the apps we review and teach. So, on the weeks where we do not release a new app, I would like people to discuss that app and post questions they may have. Or if you have any app suggestions of an app you would like us to review and teach, this is a good time to post that in the “App suggestions” section.
Simple, easy, and to the point!
Stay tuned for Speech N’ Teach Apps official launch date.