By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
At work and at home with my daughter, I find that the iPad is a great tool for learning and fun. Technology is so motivating for children and I use my iPad as a therapy tool and as a reward. Often, the children don’t even realize they are targeting their therapy goals because they are having so much fun playing with the apps!
Here are some of my favorite apps for fun and for therapy.
My Play Home
Developer: Shimon Young
My Play Home is an interactive doll house that is entertaining for all ages! Choose your characters and move them to various rooms in the house to do some exploring. Your character can cook some food, jump on the trampoline or take a nap in the bed. There are always more hidden things to find throughout the house.
· Create sentences about what your characters are doing (He is eating. She is sleeping. They are jumping.
· Give your child verbal directions to follow using the app (“Take the milk out of the fridge, pour it in a glass and give it to the boy.”)
· Go on a scavenger hunt around the house looking for items that begin with your child’s target speech sounds (“lets find everything that starts with /p/”)
Developer: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
Choose your own sock puppet, scenery and props. Then, touch your puppet and speak into the iPad and watch your sock
puppet lip-synch to what you say.
You can create a short film where your sock puppet is the star!
· Create short social scripts and model them using the sock puppets. Watch the video and talk about the social interaction.
· Have your child practice words and sentences with his/her speech sounds using the sock puppets.
Then watch the video together and talk about how well your child produced the sounds.
Toca Boca Apps
Toca Hair Salon 2, Toca Band, Toca Train, Toca Kitchen, Toca House, Toca Store, Toca Birthday Party, Toca Tea Party.
Price: $2.99 each
Toca Boca creates colorful, engaging and easy to use apps for kids. Cut and style hair in the salon, have a jam session with the Toca band or cook up some food in the Toca kitchen. These apps provide hours of fun and learning for kids.
· Follow directions using Toca Kitchen (Find the red tomato, cook it on the stove, then feed it to the boy)
· Work on turn taking and manners using Toca Tea Party and Toca Birthday Part.
· Label all of the items you can find in the Toca Store and work on money skills/counting while you check out.
I hope you explore some of these apps and I look forward to sharing more of my favorite apps with you in some of my future blog posts!
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