On-line Book Resources
On-Line Games--more coming soon
Great website for vocabulary development!! Links to tons of ON-LINE FREE games
Games, videos, and additional content on all PBS shows: Angelia, Arthur, Barney, Between The Lions, Caillou, Cat in the Hat, Clifford, Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Dinosaur train, Martha Speaks, Maya&Miguel, Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, Thomas the Train, Word World, and others!
Apps to Help Build Language Skills
Check out this recent BLOG POST!!!!
Two other speech-language pathologists, Teresa Besson and Anita Hill, created an amazing resource (see below). If you click on the rectangular button on the right hand side of each thumbnail document, you can then see the document in an easier to read size. Ms. Besson has given me permission to post these amazing documents on my website. Ms Besson and Ms Hill also have a Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) store. On it they have lots of other materials you may find helpful. Some are free and some are a nominal amount. Click here to be taken there.
Sometimes kids just need a little motivation to perform difficult tasks. Think of it like your child is asking, "What is in it for me?" The harder a task is the greater the reward must be. Some kids are problem solvers, so completing the task is the strong reward. For others, external motivation may be needed when learning the new skill or completing a task they do not like. Here are a few apps that I have found to be motivating or rewarding. I have broken the recommendations into two groups; paid and free.
My Play Home
Fruit Ninja Free
Toca Hair Salon
Little Puzzles Toys
Tap and Sing Storybots
Any talking animal app
Bamba Ice Cream
Here is a list of apps and toys that target the following different early childhood skills: object function, categorization, and sequencing. Click here to be taken to the post.
App Review Websites
* I find a lot of useful information by reading app review websites. Some are advertising/paid for by the app developer websites but also at times offer free or reduced price apps and some are less proprietary (usually blogs by parents just like yourselves who disclose if they received the app for free). I have not been paid to endorse any review sites or apps. There is a lot of info in the links below!!
6. http://www.iautism.info/en/2010/09/20/application-list/ Also has info on Android apps too!!
1. http://kidsiphoneappreview.com/ ----This one has video reviews of kids actually playing the apps reviewed.
3. http://www.youtube.com/user/AppsForiPads?feature=watch ----video reviews
5. http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipad-apps-for-autism-spreadsheet-of.html--spreadsheet with info, review links, videos, and prices of apps organized by categories such as: communication, books, music, math/pre-math, etc.
6. http://bridgingapps.org/i-am-a-parent/--Part of Easter Seals. Reviews are done by special educators or therapists.
* Another resource I use is an app called "Free App Tracker" I use it by marking paid apps ("tracking" feature) I like. The app then lets me know when those "tracked" apps become free or go on sale!!!! I get a notification (be sure to allow the app to send you badges and alerts by going to your iPhone/iPad's setting app and enabling "notifications") each time one goes on sale. Sometimes the sales (especially free ones) are only active for an hour or two.
Be sure to check back for more.........................
Howard County Family Institute Winter 2014 Newsletter