Hot off the Press! New and Retooled Apps for 2017!
New and Retooled Apps for 2017!
We get excited around here by innovative and creative technologies that help children with disabilities develop, become more independent and succeed in life. Keeping up with the thousands of apps that come to market every day is no small feat (and we do not claim to do it), but to start off 2017 we have compiled some new apps that have certainly caught our attention. We hope that you find an app or two that become your new favorite as you begin the year!
By Carolyn Hampton
Designed by a 16 year old girl who was a victim of severe bullying, Sit With Us is a social networking app designed to promote kindness and inclusion in schools. Kids can use the app’s features to coordinate lunches with their friends. They can also volunteer to be Ambassadors for their schools and post open lunch events on campus where everyone will be included. No one needs to eat alone!
By James Stanfield Co., Inc.
Circles App: Social Boundaries & Relationships is an outstanding tool for teaching social boundaries to individuals with developmental delays. Circles uses a visual format of color-coded, concentric “spheres of intimacy” that represent the degrees of physical closeness a person might experience.
The app is user-friendly, allowing each user to create their own personal profile (using either real pictures or avatars), and drag-and-drop the profiles of others into their circles; this allows the user to visually see where family, friends and strangers fall on their Circles chart, and the varying degrees of physical contact that are associated with each circle (who gets a hug, who gets highfives, etc.).
By Toca Boca AB
Encourages players to use their imagination by allowing them to select from a variety of avatars, along with a stable full of different horse breeds and endless opportunities for equine fun!It provides users with a virtual horse-care experience, where players can feed and groom their horse, select their own riding gear and horse tack, and choose which course to ride; the woods, the arena and an agility ring are just a few options to explore. Many children with disabilities have benefited greatly from hippotherapy – or therapy with the help of horses..
By Avaz, Inc.
Designed for children six years and older, FreeSpeech is a visually appealing and interactive app that guides its users to create grammatically correct sentences. Drag and rearrange picture tiles, and the app will convert them into a perfectly grammatical English sentence. Explore how tenses, sentence forms, parts of speech, and other grammatical properties change the structure of English – – and it’s all visual.
By Sebastian Kehoe
From the moment the app is opened, the user has control over where to go and what to do as he or she explores various rooms in Tommy’s house. Each room is full of interactive fun. A touch-based and intuitive interface where learners can play without parents support, exploring and discovering new items and situations in every room of the house. The app was designed for an international kids audience – which means minimal text.
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