Submitted by: Susan Whitworth, Temple University TR Student
Kids Learning-Photo Touch Concepts is an educational iPhone and iPad application. The overall goal of the application is to educate the user on important life concepts by sight, sound, and touch. A picture will display on the screen with directions and the user must touch the correct answer. For example, three strawberries are displayed on the screen and the direction is to “touch the strawberry on the left”. The application covers a variety of concepts including color identification, spatial recognition, identifying the opposite, differing before and after, and animal education. Questions vary from “Find the animal that can sing” to “Touch the matching item”. The pros of the application are that the game covers a variety of concepts, therefore this one application can work for a variety of clients needs. Another positive is that the directions are written on the screen and is verbally stated, using two forms of communication. The only con of the application is that it is designed with childlike pictures. This limits the population that the application could be used for. Also the application is not free, however, only costs $.99. The application is designed for infant to kindergarten. Modifications can be made to customize the application to each individual’s needs. The different concepts can be turned on or off to introduce on concept at a time or focus on different areas. An additional feature is that voice can be recorded to have verbal encouragement from a parent, friend, or therapist.
Additional helpful comments:
- Kids Learning-Photo Touch Concepts is a Grasshopper.com application. The website http://www.GrasshopperApps.com gives detailed reviews of each application. The applications are all educational and categorized based on areas of education.
- The application can be used for age appropriate children, individuals with autism, developmental or intellectual disabilities, and TBI.
Additional web resource:
- Scribd.com has a downloadable documented called “iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch apps for (Special) Education. The document has a list of applications with the icon, title, and description. The applications are put in categories such as speech and language, sign language, reading and writing, fine motor development, etc.
Primary Intervention Area Suggestions
|Physical Functioning||Sensory Functioning|
Fine Motor Control
Visual scanning (pursuit, tracking)
Spatial or visual-spatial organization
| Attention ( Sustained)
Cause and effect/anticipation
| Processing ( Auditory, Visual, Speed)
Recognition (Gender, Color, Letter, Number, Shape, Sound, Symbol)
Understanding parts of a whole (e.g., slice of a pizza)
Memory ( Long term)