These last few apps are classified as “Odds and Ends” as they don’t fit into a particular category, but are definitely useful tools that are worth a mention.
Inclusive Smarty Pants The Smarty Pants app allows children to chose from four characters, which can then be animated to express a series of emotions, to help promote understanding of feelings and encourage imitation. The graphic style is simple yet bold and bright, and this iPad app also supports switch access.
Dragon Dictation is a simple and easy to use voice-to-text iPad app, that utilises voice recognition to allow you or your child to easily dictate anything from emails or text messages to social media posts, such as Twitter tweets or Facebook status updates. This app will instantly display the spoken words in text form, and provides a fantastic communication tool.
Dropbox is an effective file and media organisation tool that uploads any files you save to your Dropbox to your iPhone, iPad and also to your online Dropbox account. This ensures your child’s favourite images, songs, videos or any important documents are always at hand, even without carrying any form of mobile storage (such as a memory stick), as long as you can connect to the internet, you can access your files.
We hope that you have enjoyed our compendium of sensory iPad app posts, and that they provide your child with fun and useful tools for self-expression, creativity and learning. The Trabasack range of lap tray bags also provide the perfect steady surface for iPad app use, with each bag featuring a built-in lap desk and beanbag cushion which allows children in wheelchairs to safely and comfortably engage in iPad play.
The Trabasack Connect Curve also features a soft, padded ergonomic shape that sits snug around your child’s waist whilst used as a lap desk, and ensures arms and small objects do not get caught underneath. The specially designed “Connect” tray surface can also be used with Velcro to attach switches and iPads securely, minimising unwanted movement.
Each Trabasack iPad bag also comes with a selection of straps and multi D rings attached, meaning the lap desk can be installed on wheelchairs, buggies, car seats and more with speed and ease. Pictured here with our stabilising low -cost Media Mount accessory for holding toys or ipads securely on the tray surface.
Ian Bean, former teacher and ICT coordinator at Priory Woods School, Inclusive Technology’s Consultancy and Training Manager now Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer specialising in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.
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