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20130328-110728.jpgKids Vehicles 1: Interactive Fire Truck, $1.99, is a 3D interactive App by 22 learn available for iPad and iPhone. It similar to other interactive apps out there as you are able to drive the truck, put out fires, and learn about fire truck vocabulary. The one twist with this app is the augmented reality feature which allows you to virtually drive the fire truck around in your environment. This of course opens lots of doors for use in speech therapy!

This pictures show the fire rescue mini game:

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The next thing you want to do is set up your environment to use with the augmented reality. In this example we were driving around and searching for the fire. It was hidden around the room. On chairs, under tables, and in lots of other silly places. (The disclaimer here obviously is to make sure you are working with a client that understands fire safety.) We then worked on his sentence structure as he is one of those kiddos that tends to leave out “the”, “is”, and “a/an” in his sentences. He had to hide the fire and then explain to me over our walkie talkies exactly where it was.20130328-110944.jpg

Additional activities can include:

  1. Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
  2. Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
  3. Targeting narrative skills by having the child tell the story about how the saved the day.

Be creative and have fun!

Please feel free to comment on any other ideas you have for using this app 🙂

 

 

 

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Image Spinner = Fun

Here is a real simple app released today called Image Spinner. It’s available for both iPhone and iPad for .99 cents.  It’s simplicity is what gives this app a lot of potential. You can virtually use this with what ever skill you are targeting:  articulation, receptive/expressive language, pragmatics etc…

You are able to to choose from 3 to up to 10 pictures to place on your spinner.

Here is an example of a /r/  cluster  spinner board.  You tap the screen and the spinner randomly lands on a picture.

Here is another example of a spinner.  We were working on opposites (The pictures on the spinner also are puzzle pieces). My client would spin the spinner land on a picture, find the matching puzzle piece and then find its opposite. It  was very motivating!

As I play around with this app I envision adding pictures such as emotions, verbs, or even sight words.

So there you go, a cheap simple app that has lots of potential!  With a little help from a creative therapist of course!!  Have fun 🙂

Image Spinner iTunes Link  <—

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