Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free And Cheap Apps To Help With ASD

It is worthwhile having a look at some free and cheap apps currently available to download for your iPhone or iPad. These types of games are a great way for kids to learn, especially those that use technology. Many ASD children learn better from a technology based tool than they do from a teacher. Here is a brief summary of some of the apps that may be of interest – plus I have included one at the end for parents:

Lexico Cognition: This game was developed and tested by qualified speech therapists and helps to develop language understanding, vocabulary building, cognitive, memory and auditory skills. There are several levels where questions are asked that need to be answered with the use of images and text. For children with reading difficulties all questions can be read out aloud if needed or the sound can be turned off.

Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim: This game provides your child with a guide to water safety and uses Stewie to help with the story. This app allows the story to be read out and also features a memory game, sounds effects and a sing along song. There is plenty of interaction with the characters and objects that adds to the fun and enhances the learning about water safety.

Licking Letters: This is a fun game that allows your child to find letters with Hoppy the Frog to spell out and read words. It includes lots of interaction with great sounds and animations that assist with the education and learning for your child.

This following app is ideal for parents and is worth trying if you are having trouble sleeping. You need to make sure you are looking after yourself and getting enough sleep.

Yoga for Insomnia: This app guides you through a series of yoga poses that aims to increase your mind’s ability to calm itself and assist with getting a good night’s sleep. Settings can be changed from beginner to advanced so you can have a more effective session. Insomnia can be extremely taxing so being able to manage and address it becomes critical.

There is an ever increasing range of apps on offer through iTunes and other places now. Keep your eyes open for what you can see and please share your finds with us here.

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