Tuesday, December 20, 2011

iPad for Christmas!

We know many of you are considering or already have Apple's iPad under the tree for your RettGirl. We want you to know that we are here to help!

On our Homepage you can find a link directly to our iPad page. We are constantly adding new accessories and info on apps to help you along the way. And if you have something to share with us, please do!

We are hearing amazing things from parents about Apple’s iPad. For girls with retained hand function this can be used as an amazing tool for communicating, educating and entertaining.

It is an excellent tool to train and prepare girls for more sophisticated communication device via this easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform.

Parents of girls with little to no hand function still say the iPad and many of the apps provide endless entertainment for their girls. Definitely worth checking out or putting on that wish list we all have. The iPad and Apple have apps that play music, movies, read books and much more.

A few suggested iPad Apps for girls with Rett Syndrome (more listed on RettGirl.org!)


Easy: Requiring just a touch anywhere on the screen to activate

Pocket Fish Pond – FREE
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Uncolor- $.99

The screen starts out black. When the screen is touched, that part of the screen begins to show the image underneath. The more she touches, the more of the image is uncolored.
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Talking Tom – FREE with optional upgrade

Hilarious and perfect to interact with other children. Whatever you say into the mic, the cat repeats. You can tickle him and whack him and even knock him over. You can record all of the words actions to create mini movies. It is fun to have other kids speak messages into it for your daughter to hear.
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ABA Receptive Identification – FFC Combined-$.99

- Clear, Colorful, Concrete Images
- Benefits to both Visual and Auditory Learners
- Classical Music with Visual Reinforcement
- Sound can be turned “on” or “off”
- Concisely Pronounced Audio

Check out all of kindergarten.com’s ABA apps for endless fun and learning

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In My Dreams- $.99
Have fun with reading, matching, and sign language. “In My Dreams” uses animation and repetition to promote literacy. Each page has the same sentence structure and reinforces understanding of nouns, verbs and prepositions. “In My Dreams” is an instructional app designed with illustrations that provide language cues. Personalize the app for your child, student or client by adding their photo!
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Choiceboard Maker-Creator

ChoiceBoard Maker is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.
It is an excellent tool to train and prepare users for more sophisticated communication device via this easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform. The possibilities are as much as your creativity can go.

Features include:

•Large buttons, and black/white contrast to facilitate visual attention
•Clean board design to minimize visual distraction
•Space between choice buttons to avoid inadvertent hits
•Customizable to 2,3,4 or 6 choices

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Simple large YES and NO buttons for simple choice making. Answers: YesNo HD Features:

- Large buttons with ample selectable borders to assist with activation

- 5 Yes-No voices: man, woman, cartoon, boy, and girl

- Custom buttons with user defined color, text, audio, and pictures

- 5 lesson plans, each consisting of 6 pages of custom button pairs

- Enhanced navigation options

- Visual cue of selected buttons for the hearing impaired

- Multi-language support

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SoundingBoard by AbleNet – $49.99

Communication Board program — comes with images or you can upload your own!
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TapSpeak Sequence – $29.99
Acts like a step-switch sequencer/talker. With the added benefits of being able to access/create unlimited sequences that are saved, plus using any photo you want — OR connect it with a Boardmaker set of images.
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Picture Pusher- $.99
very simple, just pushing images into a “box”
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Dr. Suess ABC – $3.99

A must have! Fun and easy. Page turn with a swipe of the hand. There are about 10 Dr. Suess books available. One Fish, Two Fish is good too! You can set it to read the book page by page with activation, or just to read through. When the child touches different images, the word for the image appears and speaks the word.
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Mee Genius-A collection of free and purchasable books that highlight words as the story is read to your child. A favorite. Choose “read to me” and sit back and watch her follow the words.

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Story Boy-Auto read books and fun apps for all girls. Pages change automatically or with a swipe. Prices vary and are affordable with many free.

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1 comment:

  1. We just received one for Adele for a gift and were surprised at how heavy it is (I am used to holding a second generation Kindle, which is much lighter). I know you've discussed stands and cases in the past -- I need to figure out how to best position it so she can use it. So far, we have placed it on a kitchen chair seat and she's standing (she's very short, so it's tummy level). Welcome other ideas!