Iphone Apps


      Review of Apps to Teach and Track positive Behavior

      "No matter what type of behavior strategy you are using with your child with special needs one common theme among them all is creating structure and positive intervention strategies. The cornerstone of creating any positive intervention strategy is collecting and analyzing data. From this data, patterns can be ascertained which can be used to shape negative behaviors into more constructive acceptable behaviors. With the advent of the tablet, iPad or droid, it has never been easier to track and collect data. But it doesn’t end there it is now even easier to implement the positive intervention strategies with fun, interactive scheduling apps."
      Click here to go the review of a number of Positive Behavior Apps.



      Word Mess

      From Masala Games, best for ages 8-up, $.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
      Rating: 4 stars. Offering three word games in one, this app hooks kids by giving them a pile of words to play with. Displayed all helter-skelter on the screen — in oth­er words as a “mess” — kids go looking for words that fit a specific rule. In one game, they find words that rhyme with the target word. In another, they hunt for words that relate to a subject, such as “Landmarks,” where you win points for finding words like “Grand Canyon” and “Eiffel Tower.” In the third game, you must find duplicates of the target word. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, since the words are in different colors of ink and displayed in different directions. Kids can play each game individually or they can choose to play the games in random order in a challenge mode. The challenge mode keeps going until you can’t find all of the targeted words in the time given. Unlike crossword puzzles or word games like Scrabble, this game is so easy to play that kids won’t feel intimidated. A parent and young child could even play this app cooperatively. By getting messy, kids learn words!
      Click here to go the webpage.



      From WeWantToKnow AS, best for ages 7-up, $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android.
      Rating: 4 stars (out of 4) Kids play this app thinking that they are solving a series of puzzles involving an intriguing magical dragon box. What they are really doing is learning how to do simple algebra. The app displays each puzzle on a play space that is broken into two sides. Within the play space are cute cards and a sparkling dragon box that glows and makes munching sounds. Kids quickly learn that the goal of each puzzle is to isolate the dragon box on one side of the play space. In math terms, this is learning how to isolate “x” but kids aren’t told that; they are just playing. Through a series of carefully structured puzzles, kids learn the rules of how to make the game cards disappear, which correlates to learning the rules of algebra. But what is interesting (and brilliant) about this app is that kids don’t even know that they are doing math until they get further into the puzzles, when numbers and symbols start to appear. The developers were careful to gently ramp up the difficulty and provide helpful tutorials. Kids younger than age 7 can think through these puzzles; but since the tutorials must be read, they’ll need an older sibling or a parent to work with them. If you think that your kids will like this app, you might want to start with the DragonBox+ ($5.99) in­stead of this one, since it contains all of these puzzles plus 100 more.
      Click this link to go the DragonBox page.
      Click this link to go to the WeWantToKnow page.


      Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
      KidCalc teaches number recognition, counting and math to pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school aged children using flash cards and puzzle games, with engaging artwork, animation and voice-overs. KidCalc includes animated addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division lessons. KidCalc is easily configurable to adjust how challenging the counting and math puzzles are, with settings for toddlers learning numbers, for preschoolers learning to add and subtract, and for elementary school aged kids learning to count as high as 1000 and to multiply and divide.
      Click this link to go the KidCalc page.


      Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
      Free for a short time to celebrate our release of SatDef (Satellite Defender)! It's times tables flash cards meet aliens! Alien space ships are attacking. You have to shoot them with the right answer to destroy them.
      Click this link to go the Multialien page.

    Mental Health

      MoodTrek App

      Medscape reports that "A new smartphone app lets depressed patients log their moods and symptoms and share the information with their psychiatrists, potentially leading to better management. The MoodTrek app requires users to log their mood on a scale of 1 to 5 by selecting the appropriate smiley face icon that matches their current mood. It also links to the Fitbit activity tracker, which integrates users' sleep and exercise activities, which they can then share with their psychiatrist. For patients seeing a provider using a Cerner-developed electronic medical record, the information is uploaded instantaneously to their medical records. Depression affects roughly 16 million adults in the United States alone. Yet many patients see a psychiatrist only once every 2 to 3 months. Between visits, patients may not remember how their mood has varied, a fact that led to development of the MoodTrek app."
      Click this link to go the MoodTrek page.

    Migraine management

    Outdoor Apps

      Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome

      This amazing reading app is full of so much information on the outdoors. It's a perfect choice for kids getting ready for an adventure or for those who simply want to learn more about this biome. Pines to Vines has leveled reading passages, making it a great app for families with kids at different reading levels or mixed-ability classrooms. It's easy to navigate and has engaging interactive features. Click this link to go to the App page.

      National Parks by National Geographic

      If you're visiting a national park this summer, this app from National Geographic is a must-have. In addition to the beautiful pictures that accompany each park guide, there is tons of information from "Park Secrets" to "What to See." This is a fantastic app for families planning an outdoor adventure.
      Click this link to go to the App page.

      Bird Guide for Kids

      This interactive bird guide is perfect for children looking to explore their natural world. Whether they take their iPad with them on their next outdoor adventure or simply study the pictures and sounds of different birds, this app will definitely come in handy. It includes high-quality images as well of descriptions of different birds.
      Click this link to go to the App page.


      Find the Letters

      According to the EdNinja press release,"Find the Letters is an educational resource and a highly enjoyable game that helps children with dyslexia overcome reading problems by improving attention and visual perceptive abilities." The publisher clains that "Your child will improve visual perceptive abilities like: Position in space, Spatial depth orientation, Figure-ground perception, Form discrimination, and Concentration and attention."
      Click this link to go the Find the Letters page.

      Word Wizard

      "Word Wizard is a unique app that lets kids hear the sounds of letters and words using a talking movable alphabet. Featuring advanced text to speech capabilities, the app can pronounce and spell-check an unlimited number of original words. Word Wizard also provides spelling practice with a list of more than 1,400 questions and answers, and the best is that you can add your own words to create any spelling quiz.
      Click this link to go the Word Wizard page.

    Social Skills

      Social Skills Builder

      "Social Skill Builder's series of innovative software programs use interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living. This award-winning software helps kids learn and continue to build the skills of: Problem Solving; Friendship/Life Skills; Critical Thinking; and Emotions. Click this link to go the Social Skills Builder page.

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