Tuesday, May 7, 2013

App review!

There are so many apps out there, especially benefiting students with autism. I am constantly downloading and deleting apps, trying to find ones that will work for my students. This year i have been relying on recommendations from the amazing speech therapist that I have been working with. Here are a few of her favorites that we have both used with my students:

Spelling Star ( $.99) is a great learning tool for students that need extra help with spelling. Spelling star is perfect for practicing spelling lists and sight words for school, home and spelling bees. It is really easy to use, and the teacher or parent can import their own personal spelling lists. You can even record audio of the word for the student. Each time the student spells the word correctly, they earn a star. After three stars, the word is considered mastered. We use this app on a daily basis for my students weekly spelling lists, and he loves it!

Here is a tutorial: spelling star

Here is one more app that I have been using a lot lately. It is called MyPlayHome. I am currently using the free lite version, but the extended version seems to have a lot more activities. It is an app that can be used to facilitate language and direction following. It is basically an electronic doll house, and the student can manipulate various items in the house. It is a highly motivating app, and students can explore and use everything in the house. The characters eat, sleep, shower, brush teeth and more. I have been using the app mainly for receptive and expressive language, and following directions.

Here is a tutorial to check out:   Tutorial

...Also..Happy Teacher's appreciation day!!!

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