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Appsolutely Engaging and Educational: Introduction to iPad Apps for Kids with Special Needs




Photo: csmonitor.com, retrieved from Google Images 4-12-2011
Presented by:

Eric Jerman, M.Ed., COMS

25 Elmore Street

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Email: eajerman@yahoo.com




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Cause & Effect

1.



Peekaboo Barn
(Night & Day Studios, Inc.)

Touch the hopping red barn to open barn doors and reveal animal inside and hear it! Repeat to see and hear a different animal!

2.



Peek-a-bouncer
(kneebouncers.com)

Touch screen, and hold, to open curtain on silly faces and goofy sounds.

3.



BL tickle
(Me and The Giants)

Simple B&W drawing of a baby’s face; touch the screen and make the baby laugh. Swipe your finger back and forth to make baby laugh very hard!


4.



Talking Carl
(Yann Le Corroler)

A friendly red gumdrop-like creature repeats what you say in his helium-infused voice. Swipe your finger to tickle him and make him laugh.

5.



Draw Stars!
(L’Escapadou)

Yellow and blue stars appear on screen at the touch and drag of your fingers!

6.



iSnow-Flake
(Mark Keroles)

Colorful snowflakes appear on screen at the touch and drag of your fingers! They linger and then gradually fade.

7.



iLoveFireworks

(Fireworks Games)



Fireworks appear on screen at the touch and drag of your fingers!



8.


Baby Buttons
(Pigmik Software)

Colorful buttons make soft sounds when you touch them! Shake screen to rearrange the buttons.

9.



Baby Butterfly
(my first colors)

Red, yellow, blue and green butterflies flutter on the screen until you tap them and then more butterflies follow!

10.



Bubbles
(Hog Bay Software)

Run your finger(s) across the screen to produce brilliant blue bubbles that float and fall with the force of gravity.

11.



Calling all Kneebouncers
(kneebouncers.com)

Fun cell phone that has “face time” with various silly critters!

12.



Sound Shaker
(Tickle Tap Apps)

With each tap on the screen, colored spheres expand one size larger and make a sound. On the 8th generation a cute bird hatches and flies away, exiting stage right. Various sound options—“barnyard” option is a riot of farm animal sounds!


13.



Peekaboo Wild
(Night & Day Studios, Inc.)

Sequel to the popular Peekaboo Barn, app has yellow grass that sways side-to-side inviting user to tap and reveal an African animal!

14.



BabyPlayPad

(Aquilon)



Simple image of a tree, a cloud, the sun, 3 flowers and a butterfly invite user to touch screen and activate movement and sound, i.e. the sun spins, the butterfly flits about, the cloud activates 3 purple birds, etc.

15.



Sparkabilities 1
(Bottle Rocket)

Encourages directed touch with graphic “targets.” Two modes: interactive flash cards or continuous play of 8 videos. Videos are captivating with moving targets, glimpses of human faces, lessons on triangles, squares, circles, and stars.

16.


BabyVision

(Me and The Giants)


Every 15 seconds a different high-contrast black and white drawing appears on the screen. Many images!

Note, not necessarily a cause & effect.



17.



PuppetHead
(Flying Rabbit Studios)

Create different puppet faces quickly and easily and then you control how its mouth opens and closes with your fingers! Fun attention-grabber!

18.



BL2Spots

(Me and The Giants)



Drag your finger across the screen and a series of black dots and other shapes will trail along and then sprout two generations (or more) of additional shapes acting like smaller appendages to the original shape!

19.



Alphabet

(Piikea St. LLC)



Called by the company an “interactive alphabet” each letter represents an object or animal and reacts to your touch with sound and movement!

20.

BLPeekaboo
(Me and The Giants)


Black and white face says “Peekaboo” while peeking from edges of screen. Tap face and it responds with “hello” or “hi.”

21.





Random Touch

(Joe Scrivens)



Touch the white screen and a colorful shape appears along with a clownish sound, such as a bass drum, old car horn, “boing,” etc. Fill the screen with up to 20 images of cows, letters, balloons, popsicles, flowers, pizzas, etc. before the screen clears itself and is ready for more!

22.



Balloon Pops
(Joe Scrivens)

Each screen has 10 balloons of varying colors and sizes. Touch a balloon to pop it and get a satisfying “pop” sound. Option to have a audible count of # of balloons popped up to 10. Great way to learn to search the screen for low vision users!

23.



Beautiful Bubbles

(Joe Scrivens)


Bubbles offers moving targets to touch and “pop.” Two modes: just for fun or challenge mode which keeps score for bubbles touched and missed. Great for visual tracking!


24.



Rattle

(SelenaSoft,Inc.)



Simple but effective—a sleepy sun floats aimlessly until you touch it and then it rockets into high speed with eyes open while the sound of children cheer!

25.





Tap-n-see-zoo

(little bear sees)



Simple cause&effect app designed specifically for kids with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Drawing of an animal (bear, alligator, monkey, elephant, giraffe) slowly moves around screen. When the animal is touched there is a sound of a baby laughing and the animal expands in size! User has choice of which animal appears on screen, and what color it should be, and what sound is played when animal is touched (whistle, laughing 1, applause, laghing 2). The size of the animal can be manipulated and the speed at which it moves around the screen can also be controlled. Simple but effective for kids with CVI.

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Read-to-Me Stories

1.


The Smelly Sprout
Pocket Story

Uplifting story of an outcast who finds his path and makes a friend.

2.



Tickle Finger

Pocket Story



Tiny Tinga the monkey calls upon the reader to assist him in escaping from predators by tickling them, causing tigers, alligators, and cheetahs to roll over laughing—and leave Tinga alone!

3.



1 Fish 2 Fish
Oceanhouse Media

Dr. Seuss classic; read-to-me function highlights text in red and automatically turns pages!

4.



Hop on Pop
(Oceanhouse Media)

Dr. Seuss classic; read-to-me function highlights text in red and automatically turns pages!

5.



Foot Book
Oceanhouse Media

Dr. Seuss classic; read-to-me function highlights text in red and automatically turns pages!

6.




Barnyard Dance
Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton classic in an interactive format. Tap, tap & slide, and swipe images to hear cows moo, and see animals dance!

7.



Pied Piper
(Baby First)

Animated book is a variation on the classic story. Touch the images to hear sound of birds singing, flutes playing.

8.



Macbeth
Mindconnex Learning, Ltd.


Shakespeare’s classic in a highly accessible format! Play is told in small sections, each with animated video, and text that offers modern definitions of the original text. Older kids+

9.



This Too Shall Pass

Moving Tales



A classic tale of a king searching for meaning in his life. With stunning, high-contrast, detailed animations. Ages 7 +. English, French, Spanish.

10.






The Monster at the End of this Book

(Callway Digital Arts)



A classic book gets a digital makeover allowing reader participation to thwart Grover’s attempts to stop you from turning pages of this book.


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Music and Sounds

1.



Tappy Tunes

(UtiliTouch, Inc.)



Tap the screen to advance songs note for note—your job is to keep the beat going! Screen displays colorful images with each note tapped, and the song’s lyrics scroll along the top of the screen.

2.



Bloom

(Opal Limited)


Tap the screen to create pools of soft color accompanied by gentle music tones—it’s like a colorful, musical spring rain shower.


3.



Trope
(Opal Limited)

Similar to Bloom but instead of pools of color streaks of color jet across the screen.

4.



Big Bright Keys

(Macsolving)



Colorful buttons respond with sound when pressed. The sounds can be very discordant when multiple notes are pressed at same time. I like to turn the volume down on this one!

5.



Boogie Bopper

(Tickle Tap Apps)



Two modes: play individual notes of familiar children’s songs (Bingo, Old MacDonald, Twinkle Little Star, etc.) by tapping on the guided colorful balls or play freestyle notes generated by tapping on colorful balls.

6.



Toddler Bells

(DaabApps)



Colorful xylophone (glockenspiel?) is simple, only one octave, and no screen link to settings or other apps. Means more enjoyment for user and less hassle for aide.

7.




Percussive Latin

(Touch Media Productions)



Percussive Latin contains many percussive instruments. Touch an image and hear its musical sounds!

8.



Moozart

(Meltmedia)



Children’s songs played one note at a time by cowbells, chickens, pigs, cats, etc. Pause, resume or go back to beginning of song.

9.



Maracas

(CTS MobileSoft)



Select one of several brightly colored maracas that respond with shaking at your touch!

10.



Loopy Tunes
The Trustee for the Tokeru Trust

Unusual and simple. 5 different sets of musical phrases. Turn on/off up to 5 musical phrases in each set to create repeating phrases of your choosing.

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Communication


1.



Answers Yes/No

(Simplified Touch)



A switch for Yes/No questions and much more! Can be customized with your own text and your own audio, i.e. “More” and “All Done!”

2.



T S Button

(Tap Speak Button)



Huge red circle acts like a jellybean button switch with multiple messages. Customize dozens of messages on one switch! Much cheaper than buying multiple jellybean switches!

3.



Tap Speak Choice

(Tap Speak Sequence)



TapSpeak Choice for iPad. The company calls it “a complete communication board editor and player.” I think this App is very close to being a $100 App to replace the $7,000 Dynavox!

4.



TS Sequence

(Tap Speak Sequence)


Use Dynavox Mayer-Johnson symbols to tell a graphic story with your voice message.


5.



RadSounds

(RJ Cooper)



Switch-friendly and compatible with RJ Cooper’s iPad Switch interface allowing wireless access with one or two of your favorite switches!

6.



Word Totz

(Ingenious Monkey)



Offers general communication flash cards but also has section called “My Cards” that allows you to post your own images coupled with your own voice!

7.



Farm Animals

(Photo Touch)



Add your family photos to the list of farm animals and make a game of choosing the correct photo. From groups of 2 up to 10 photos on one screen.

8.



Pictello

(AsssistiveWare)



Customize this digital photo album with your photographs and add your voice to tell the story behind the photos.

9.



My Pictures Talk
(Grembe Inc.)

Make an electronic “choice book.”

New function allows use of your own video clips, in addition to photos.
















10.



Answers Yes/No HD
(Simplified Touch)

Make up to four (4) separate lesson plans, each with six customized choice screens!

11.



Proloquo To Go

(AssistiveWare)



Developers call it “AAC in your pocket.” Similar to the Dynavox communication system. Very good and only $180, compared to $7,000 for the Dynavox!

12.



Talk To Me –

Text to Speech

Chris Chauvin


A basic text to speech application that speaks the words you type! Save words or phrases for future uses. Male & female voice options. Use as a digital bridge to autistic students!

13.



Baby Sign

(iDev2.com)



Learn some basic American Sign Language words! Short video clips of woman signing each word—great for learners and for use as a quick reference!

14.



VolaFriends HD

Useful for teaching emotions to kids via short video clips with depictions of emotions on the faces of actors.

15.



Choice Board Creator
(Techno Chipmunk)

Create a choice game by designing up to six boxes with an image or photo and a question that prompts the user to make a choice, such as “Which box has a picture of Mama?” When the user selects the appropriate box to answer the question you have programmed then applause is played.

16.


Storyrobe

(Storyrobe Inc.)



Create a story through photos quickly!

Up to 3 minutes of time for each story that you tell through your own photos and narration. Use for following sequence of things needed for task completion or just tell fun stories about your trip to the park!



17.



Visual Braille
Michael Doise

Learn to read and comprehend Braille with this basic level means to translate common words, sentences, numbers from text to Braille.
















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Accessibility

1.



Dragon Dictation

Dictate your message, and Dragon types it out on the screen. Options include text message, email, copy-and-paste, facebook, and twitter.


2.



Dragon Search



Search the web by voice commands! For example, dictate “google” and the app takes you to google’s search page!

3.



VoiceOver
Preloaded by Apple (iPad Settings)

Designed for low vision and blind users, a voice narrates what is on iPad screen! Takes practice to get comfortable with this product that comes loaded on to all iPads.

4.



Large Text

Preloaded by Apple (iPad Settings)



Enlarge text in Mail, and Notes. Choose from 20pt text up to 56pt text!

5.



White on Black

Preloaded by Apple (iPad Settings)



Toggle switch from standard black text on white background to white on black for increased contrast.

6.


Zoom

Preloaded by Apple (iPad Settings)



Magnifies the entire screen! Zoom by double-tap with three fingers.

7.



TalkingClock

Touch the screen to hear the time!

8.



Web Reader

“Hear” text read aloud from online webpages.

9.



OMoby

(IQ Engines)



Use your iPhone to take a photo of just about any product in a store and ask OMoby to identify it for you. Visual search tool. Snap a photo or scan barcodes. FREE!

10.



Eye Hope

Turns your iPhone into a powerful magnifier (1-100x magnification). 4 high-contrast modes for low vision users.

11.




Talking Calculator

(Adam Croser)



Scientific calculator for blind and low vision users.
















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Bonus Apps!

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You Tube

Preloaded by Apple



Access all of You Tube’s video riches on your iPad. My son is partial to music videos of popular singers appearing on Sesame Street, and any music video starring Beyonce.

2.



Photos
Preloaded by Apple

Can be used to store scans from communication flashcards, such as Mayer-Johnson. Make sure you have some of your best photos loaded on you iPad for use in customizing communication apps.!

















Appsolutely Engaging and Educational Compiled by Eric Jerman, M.Ed., COMS

March 26, 2012 eajerman@yahoo.com






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