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Suggested Apps from Dravet Families – Part One

Apps suggested by Dravet Families

Thanks to modern technology, devices such as iPad tablet computers have revolutionised the way we can play with and educate our children. Moreover, touch-screen devices are especially useful for children with additional learning needs, such as those with Dravet Syndrome and autism.

There are so many apps around, and lists of apps(!), it was great to receive this list that was suggested by parents of Dravet children on facebook.

This list from Dravet Syndrome UK which covers some of the best iPad apps available for kids and young adults with Dravet Syndrome. Whether you are looking to strengthen their vocabulary understanding or just let their creative side loose, there’s an app to keep your child entertained and stimulated.

These apps may of course be useful for other children with learning disabilities and autism.

Pre-School Classroom Range

The Pre-School Classroom range of software offer a number of educational titles that cover basic subjects such as maths and English. Each app is created with simplicity in mind, and an added bonus is that none of the apps include any “in-app” purchases – which can become annoying and confusing for little ones using apps.

Icon of a penguin wearing a mortar board - pre-school classroom appPre-School Classroom – The Pre School Apps Academy

 

 

 

Icon of a penguin wearing a mortar board with letter tiles behind it - Pre-school phonics crossword appPre-School Phonic Crosswords – The Pre School Apps Academy

 

 

 

Icon of a penguin wearing a mortar board with a sum written (1+4=5) - Fun Sums AppFun Sums HD – The Pre School Apps Academy

 

 

 

Icon of two children stood upon a maze with the word "maze" underneath - pre-school maze appPre-School Maze – The Pre School Apps Academy

 

 

 

Icon of a penguin wearing a mortar board surrounded by the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Pre-school maths class appPre-School Maths Class – The Pre School Apps Academy

 

 

Mr and Mrs Potato Head

These Mr and Mrs Potato Head apps are based on the classic children’s toy we all knew and loved as children ourselves. The app is simple yet fun, allowing your child to decorate and dress Mr or Mrs Potato Head with only the touch of the screen. The ability to change the facial expressions and outfits will hopefully allow your child to learn more about emotional differences and help them to express their own feelings through the app.

Icon of a waving and smiling Mr Potato Head - Mr Potato Head appMr. Potato Head Create & Play – Callaway Digital Arts Inc.

 

 

 

 

Icon of a waving and smiling Mrs Potato Head - Mrs Potato Head AppMrs. Potato Head Create & Play – Callaway Digital Arts Inc.

 

 

Splat the Clowns

Splat the Clown is a simple and amusing target game, involving clowns and… custard pies! The game features a number of settings to change the difficulty and speed of the target, and will help your child develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination whilst having lots of fun. Splat the Clown is switch compatible.

Icon of a smiling clown in a purple hat - Splat the Clown AppSplat The Clowns – Inclusive Technology Ltd

 

 

 

Peeping Musicians

Peeping Musicians is another targeting app that helps children to develop their looking and observation skills. A number of bright and furry characters will hide from the user, and when they “peep” out the child must simply touch them on the screen and they will be rewarded with a centre-stage musical number from the character. This app includes 20 different characters and instruments to find.

Icon of different coloured cats playing a cello - Peeping Musicians AppPeeping Musicians – Inclusive Technology Ltd

 

 

 

Crazy Cats Inc Range of Fun Food Apps

The team at Crazy Cats Inc have created a number of apps which are all based on the same idea, yet each with a different theme. Each app allows children to concoct their own culinary creation – including doughnuts, cookies, pizza, cupcakes and more!
In each app your child can choose from a number of ingredients and colourful (and tasty-looking!) toppings to produce their own dream dish. The basic apps are free, and will involve in-app purchases to provide further toppings and options.

Icon of a chocolate donut with sprinkles - Donut Maker ! AppDonut Maker! – Crazy Cats Inc.

 

 

 

 

Icon of a cookie/biscuit with colourful hearts on top - Cookie Maker ! AppCookie Maker! – Crazy Cats Inc.

 

 

 

 

Icon of a red and white cupcake with strawberries on top - Cupcake Maker ! appCupcake Maker! – Crazy Cats Inc.

 

 

 

 

Icon of a pepperoni pizza - Pizza Maker+ AppPizza Maker+ – Crazy Cats Inc.

 

 

 

My First App Range

The My First App range of games are simple and colourful apps that cover all subjects from matching, building, sorting, music and more.
Each app is super-colourful and easy to use, yet still providing your child with hours of fun and entertainment. The simple touch screen usability and eye-catching animations will capture your child’s imagination whilst teaching them some of the most fundamental learning skills needed for building language and numeracy.

Image of coloured stacking rings - Build It Up AppBuild-it-up – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Image of three circles in red, blue and yellow - Match It Up AppMatch it up 3 – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Image of toys on a wooden shelf - Sort It Out AppSort It Out 1 – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Icon showing opposites - day/night, inverse colours - Opposites AppOpposites 1 – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Icon of a dog with musical notes - First Sounds AppFirst Sounds – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Image of a girl and a boy in chef's hats making a cake - Baby Chef AppBaby-Chef – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

Icon of three people holding flowers - Families AppFamilies 1 – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Image of various circles in columns and rows, in various colours - Matrix Match AppMatrixMatch 1 – MyFirstApp.com

 

 

 

Part 2 of our apps suggested by Dravet families can be found on the next post.

We have many more apps aimed at children with special education needs on this blog. There is a click here for a series suggested by Ian Bean an education and technology specialist.

 

 

iPads are helping children with special educational needs in school

iPads are helping children with special educational needs in school

New research has shown that iPads and their apps have been significantly encouraging and supporting children with special educational needs in the classroom. Many children have had their lives revolutionised in just a few weeks of working with iPads in therapeutic settings and research from the States is slowly filtering over to us in the UK.

There are hundreds of apps designed for children and also for children with additional needs but therapists have found most children react to a particular set of apps. Below we’re looking at some of these apps in closer detail:

Preschool Adventure

An interactive educational app with eighteen different activities to choose from. From Sea Beat exploring rhythm and percussion to Ocean Colours which helps your child learn basic colours. This app is fantastic for some very basic and accessible learning.

 

 

Starfall ABC

Help your child master the alphabet at their own pace with this interactive alphabet app. From spelling out their name to learning things a letter a time, this app allows for learning at whatever pace suits the child in question best.

 

 

 

 

Sound Touch

A fantastic touch activated sound based app that contains over 360 different sounds of animals, vehicles and every day noises. Help your child to get used to different sounds and learnt to recognise certain sounds and associate them with the correct meaning. Each sound is matched with a corresponding picture and is activated by simple touch rather than swiping or more difficult touchscreen movements.

 

Nursery Rhymes Tap

Nursery Rhymes Tap is a fun and exciting interactive musical app, designed to help and refine fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also introduces new musical concepts to any child with repetitive musical nursery rhymes. The emphasis is on fun as opposed to strict learning and this like all the apps mentioned, can be taken at the child’s own pace.

 

 

 

iLoveFireworks

An interactive and sensory explosion. This app allows you to create your own explosive fireworks and make lots of fun patterns. Fantastic way of mimicking a sensory room experience at home in miniature or in the classroom on a small scale.

 

 

 

And our son with a great fun app called ‘Draw with Stars‘ suggested by Ian Bean, Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer

The growth of the iPad and other tablet devices is allowing for special education to be fun and more accessible for children. This growth in affordable and accessible apps is helping children to develop beyond their parents and teachers expectations and all with the help of modern, assistive technology.

 

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