Let's talk technology!
As you saw on my previous page, Apps for Autism, apps mean a lot to me. Being the typical teenager, I never really had thought of apps helping kids learn, especially those with disabilities, but the more I thought about it, the more interested I got. I love working with autism because it is so interesting. Kids who have autism usually have a learning disability too, but it just depends on the severity. Focusing is one of the toughest concepts. You can't learn without being focused! So what better way to be focused than to actually have something in your hand that you are in control of?! The only way to get to the next step is to pay close attention to the app. So why not make apps that actually teach while you play? Genius! Below, you will see my top 5 favorite apps that I found while doing my project.
Kidztory was an app that was suggested to me by a fellow twitter follower that is used to help kids who are unable to read, whether it is caused by a disability or not, to read. With Kidztory, kids have the choice to read simple stories or let the stories be read to them. Kidztory offers fun, make-believe stories all the way to the classics!
Are you looking for a children's book that's fun, interactive, and teaches your kid how to read? Well, I have found what you are looking for! Nosy Crow is another app that was suggested to me by a Twitter follower that got great reviews! When you or your child get Nosy Crow, you have the power to read it yourself, get it read to you, or read and interact with the book! Pretty cool, right? Like Kidztory, Nosy Crow offers new, make-believe stories, along with the classics. It is definitely a great weapon to have in your arsenal.
ABC easy as 1, 2, 3...
Redfish Alphabet 4 Kids is an app created especially for children to teach them the alphabet. While I was playing with this app, I enjoyed it! It was a little tricky to figure out at first, but within 5 minutes, I got the hang of it. Redfish lays out the letters for you and you chose a letter. For each letter, it has a fun game to help you remember the letters and words that start with that letter! It was really neat.I have no doubt that a child could learn the alphabet just by using this app.
Speak up, speak out
MyVoice was an app that I got the privilege to beta test for the company. After I downloaded the app on my phone, I was simply blown away as I opened the app. MyVoice is an app for kids who have a speaking disability. This app lets you have personal categories of your choice and you can add what you choose to say in them. For instance, you have a category labeled as I want. You click on "I want" and it opens that category to everything you have placed in there. You could add hamburger and put a picture in place of the hamburger. Then click "I want" and hamburger. Your device will read out what you want. For a faster way to use this app, there is a page for typing. You can type exactly what you want to say and click speak. It will speak for you! I just couldn't wrap my mind around at how amazing this app was. This company simply blew me away.
What's your story?
Autism is a widespread disease that scientists continue to study everyday. With all of the observing and researching be conducted, facts are coming left and right! Autism stories is an app for anyone influenced by autism. Splaysoft's main goal for creating this app is to bring the autism community together so people can learn more about autism, share their stories, and show everyone that they are just as capable as anyone else. With this app, you have the choices of seeing pictures, reading stories, chatting with people, and even watch videos. This app is really neat!