Letter Sounds 1 Pro and Letter Sounds 2 Pro by ReadingDoctor Pty Ltd – Giveaway

Letter Sounds 1 Pro and Letter Sounds 2 Pro by ReadingDoctor Pty Ltd – Giveaway



Letter Sounds 1 Pro : Easily teach the links between letters and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics

Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro is a fun, effective and scientifically based teaching tool which makes it easy to teach children the links between the letters of the alphabet and the speech sounds they typically represent in written English. Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro is based on research into reading acquisition and was developed by reading specialist and speech-language pathologist Dr. Bartek Rajkowski, PhD. Anybody with an interest in teaching children to read through can use Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro to help children learn common letter-sound relationships!

Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro is based on their flagship program, ReadingSounds® 1 Pro, which is used in over 1000 Australian schools and is being described by educators as a breakthrough in teaching children how to read.

Why is letter-sound knowledge so important?
The past several decades of research have provided conclusive evidence that children who are strong readers are skilled in using letter-sound knowledge to learn new words when reading. Skilled readers are good at understanding that words are made up of speech sounds (a skill called phonemic awareness) and they are also good at understanding how these speech sounds are represented by letters. This knowledge helps children to ‘decode’ written language and teach themselves new words. Difficulties with these skills are hallmarks of the struggling reader. Furthermore, teaching methods that begin by teaching students letter-sound relationships (called ‘synthetic phonics’ methods) have been shown through research to be more effective than other approaches in teaching reading, regardless of whether students do or do not have reading difficulties. The evidence is clear: letter-sound knowledge is crucial in learning to read and spell since it helps students to teach themselves new words.

How does Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro help?
Understanding that letters typically represent certain speech sounds poses a challenge to beginning readers since there is no meaningful relationship between the way that letters look and the speech sounds they typically represent. For example, there is no reason why the squiggle “s” represents the sound /s/ as in “sun”. Children must also learn to distinguish between similar letters and sounds (e.g. “b” vs “d”) when learning letter-sound patterns.

Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro uses a patent pending, self-adjusting, multisensory teaching method to help teach beginning and struggling readers to rapidly, automatically and accurately recognise and discriminate between the most common letter-sound patterns in English. Children are taught meaningful associations between the way that letters look and the speech sounds they typically represent through a unique system of visual, auditory and articulatory (speech sound) memory aids, or mnemonics. The teaching system in the app automatically identifies what a child knows, what the child does not know, and which letter-sound patterns the child confuses. Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro teaches children to discriminate between confusing patterns, and strengthens weaknesses in letter-sound understanding.

Who should use Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro?
Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro is ideal for helping beginning readers, students with reading difficulties and students learning English as a second language. It is a perfect complement to any phonics program and is fully customisable, making it easy to set up custom activities to teach students specific letter-sound patterns. We are confident it will quickly become a favourite tool for teachers, parents, reading specialists and anybody else with an interest in the teaching of reading and spelling!

PLEASE NOTE:
– Requires iPad 2 or higher
– Includes US, UK and Australian accents! To switch accents, tap ‘settings’ from the Main Menu.
– Although children love using it, Letter Sounds™ 1 Pro is not just a game – it is a powerful and fully customisable teaching tool. Please take some time to experiment with it yourself before trying it with students!

Letter Sounds 1 Pro : Easily teach the links between letters and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics – ReadingDoctor Pty Ltd

Letter Sounds 1 Pro : Easily teach the links between letters and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics Letter Sounds 1 Pro : Easily teach the links between letters and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics by Reading Doctor Pty Ltd
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 85.14 MB

$15.99USD

Letter Sounds 2 Pro: Easily teach the links between letter patterns and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics

The evidence from reading research is clear: letter-sound knowledge is crucial in learning to read and spell. However, learning the links between letter patterns and speech sounds is not easy! LetterSounds™ 2 Pro provides a unique, fun and highly engaging way for students of all ages to learn the relationships between groups of letters and speech sounds for reading and spelling!

The app uses a patent pending, highly effective, multisensory teaching method which is being described by educators as a breakthrough in teaching students to read. This method makes it easy to teach students to rapidly, automatically and accurately recognise the most common letter-sound patterns in English.

LetterSounds™ 2 Pro was developed by reading specialist and speech-language pathologist Dr. Bartek Rajkowski, PhD. The program is based on research into the underlying mechanisms of reading acquisition and thousands of hours of clinical experience in teaching students how to read.

Why is learning the links between speech sounds and the letter patterns that typically represent them so important?
The past several decades of research have provided conclusive evidence that competent readers are skilled in using letter-sound knowledge to work out (decode) unfamiliar words when reading. Difficulty in understanding that words are made up of sounds (a skill called phonemic awareness) and just how speech sounds are represented by letters are hallmarks of the struggling reader. Furthermore, teaching methods that begin by teaching students letter-sound relationships (synthetic phonics methods) are known to be superior to other approaches in teaching reading, regardless of whether students do or do not have reading difficulties.

Understanding that letters typically represent certain speech sounds poses a challenge to students learning to read since there is no meaningful relationship between the way that letters and letter patterns look and the speech sounds they typically represent. For example, there is no reason why the letter pattern “igh” represents the speech sound in the middle of the word “night”.

LetterSounds™ 2 Pro makes learning (and teaching) these relationships easy through its unique game-based teaching method!

Summary of Features
– Created by a reading specialist
– Scientifically-based
– Easy to use
– Fun, intuitive and powerful teaching tool
– Includes 64 consonant, vowel, r-controlled and common suffix letter patterns and their corresponding speech sounds / articulations
– Patent-pending, adjustable memory-aid system helps students remember letter-sound patterns
– Create and save custom letter-sound pattern sets to complement any synthetic phonics approach!
– Includes preset letter-sound tile sets for popular synthetic phonics programs Jolly Phonics and MULTILIT
– Perfect for beginning readers, older students with reading difficulties or students of English as a second language (ESL)

Although designed to be used independently, LetterSounds™ 2 Pro is a perfect complement to LetterSounds™ 1 Pro, which helps students to learn basic (single letter) letter-sound links. Whether you are a teacher, parent or reading specialist, we are confident that LetterSounds™ 2 Pro will become a favourite teaching tool!

PLEASE NOTE:
– Requires iPad 2 or higher
– This app is Australian! US and UK accent options will be added in the next update!
– Although students love using it, LetterSounds™ 2 Pro is not just a game – it is a powerful and fully customisable teaching tool. Please take some time to experiment with it yourself before trying it with students!

Letter Sounds 2 Pro: Easily teach the links between letter patterns and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics – ReadingDoctor Pty Ltd

Letter Sounds 2 Pro: Easily teach the links between letter patterns and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics Letter Sounds 2 Pro: Easily teach the links between letter patterns and speech sounds for reading and spelling with phonics by Reading Doctor Pty Ltd
Category: Education, Educational, Word, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 121.32 MB

$15.99USD

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
 Social Skill Builder Full by Social Skill Builder, Inc. – Giveaway

Social Skill Builder Full by Social Skill Builder, Inc. – Giveaway



In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, Social Skill Builder would like to finish the month by announcing 4 new modules to My School Day (Elementary) in their Social Skill Builder App and offering 5 promo codes to our followers. Social Skill Builder Full is currently on sale at $16.99 (was $19.99) and a Lite version is available as well.

Social Skill Builder Full – Social Skill Builder, Inc.

Social Skill Builder: My School Day


by Social Skill Builder, Inc.

9.99 USD

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Social Skill Builder: My School Day

Customer ratings: (40 ratings)
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Languages: English
Rated: 4+

Updated: 25.10.2012
Version: 1.8
Size: 372.38 MB
Requirements: iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74

Description Social Skill Builder: My School Day

Social Skill Builder offers both a Lite and Full version of our social skill App.

Our FULL version for 9.99 USD offers 19 modules, with various sequences of videos and questions for the user to view and react to by answering multiple choice questions. These video scenarios are of real interactions in preschool, elementary school, middle & high school and community settings. Within these settings children and young adults demonstrate common social interactions with their peers and other adults.

Users who want all of the currently available modules from Preschool through High School ages will save money by purchasing the FULL version of the App. Users who wish to focus on specific ages or skills should purchase the LITE version along with the specific additional modules their students will use.

Each module contains approximately 10 questions with corresponding videos of learning interactions!

* The modules contained in the FULL version include:

2 modules in the title Preschool Playtime (Preschool & Playground)
13 modules in the title My School Day (Laughing, Table Talk, Classroom, Transition Time, Lunch Time, Jungle Gym, Team Games 1 & 2, Cubby, Eating, Playground, Hall & Line Up)
2 modules in the title My Community (Friend's House & Restaurant)
2 modules in the title School Rules! (Hanging Out & Classroom Assignments)

If you are a parent or therapist targeting only one age group ie: Preschool, it might be more economical for you to purchase the Lite version and then to purchase the other preschool module al a carte.

If you are a therapist or school targeting many different age groups it might be more economical for you to purchase the Full version and receive the variety of settings and age groups offered at a discounted price.

Our LITE version for .99 USD offers four modules ONLY, one from each of Social Skill Builder's titles. These modules include videos and questions for the user to view and react to by answering multiple choice questions. These video scenarios are of real interactions in preschool, elementary school, middle & high school and community settings. Within these settings children and young adults demonstrate common social interactions with their peers and other adults.

Additional modules of each of these settings can be purchased al carte for 1.99 USD. Each of these modules contains 10-15 questions and associated video scenarios each within their designated setting.

All of Social Skill Builder app modules use interactive video to teach key social thinking, language and behavior critical to everyday social situations. It is an excellent resource for teaching social skills to children with autism.

This award winning software assists in the understanding and growth of social skills in the areas of:

•Friendship/Life Skills
•Understanding Emotions
•Problem Solving
•Critical Thinking
•Perspective Taking

This type of interactive engagement produces a higher level of understanding and retention than passively watching video stories. Scores are tracked so that progress can be evaluated and a pause button at each video can stop the action at each teachable moment. This is wonderful for further spontaneous learning and expansion of skills presented in the app.

Social Skill Builder products are all designed by speech-language pathologists with an understanding of how to promote social learning successfully in individuals with such learning challenges as:

* Autism Spectrum Disorder
* Asperger Syndrome
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Down Syndrome
* Attentive Deficit Disorder
* Other Learning and Language Deficits

***Disclosures for Parents***

We take your children’s' privacy and safety seriously.

Social Skill Builder app:
* Contains no ads
* Contains no tracking functions
* Contains no share functions
* Does include the ability for an In-App Purchase of more content

- For detailed information on our privacy policy, please contact us at info@socialskillbuilder.com


What's new in Version 1.8

* Fixed the video player bug
* Changes to previously available content


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Social Skill Builder Full – Social Skill Builder, Inc.

Social Skill Builder: My School Day Social Skill Builder: My School Day by Social Skill Builder, Inc.
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 372.38 MB

$9.99USD

Social Skill Builder Lite – Social Skill Builder, Inc.

Social Skill Builder Lite Social Skill Builder Lite by Social Skill Builder, Inc.
Category: Education, Educational, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 375.37 MB

$2.99USD

 

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Gifts under $30

The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Gifts under $30

Christmas is coming up fast, and many of us are looking for inexpensive gifts to fill out our Christmas gift lists. The iMums are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas that cost under $30 and will be popular with anyone who finds them in their Christmas Stocking this year. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.

iSlip Microfiber Screen Cleaner

 SnowLeopard_iSlipLite_400x400-1-200x200 Are you constantly trying to clean fingerprints and smudges from your iPad, iPad mini, Android or eReader but can never find a cleaning cloth? Cooper Products have an innovative solution with the iSlip. The iSlip is a strip of high quality microfibre cleaning cloth combined with a rugged elastic strip. It slips onto your tablet or eReader and if you leave it there whenever you are not using your device you’ll always have a cleaning cloth on hand. Available in 2 sizes to fit the full-sized iPad and the iPad Mini/ kindle Available in a variety of colors and prints from Cooper Product for US$8.95 including free shipping.

 

TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus with Microfiber Tiptruglide
The Truglide Pro Precision Stylus from LynkTec features a durable microfiber tip that glides smoothly across the screen. The microfiber tip is just 5mm in diameter. The barrel is slim but nicely weighted to give a good writing experience. It has removable interchangeable tips- you just screw the bottom of the barrel and screw in a new tip, as well as the standard tip there is also a paintbrush tip available for when you are in a creative mood. This is a great stylus for the adults on your shopping list. Available from LynkTec.com or Amazon tru-glide precision pro for US$21.95 -$29.95

 

41Y3Hs9Ma7L. SL1000  eFreesia Duo Charger   Review  eFreesia Duo Charger by eFreesia

Looking for power on the go for your iPad, smartphone or other tablet? efreesia recently introduced the Duo charger featuring 5 amps that allows it to charge an iPad or two smartphones at the same time. The slim charger is compatible with a variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and most USB compatible services.  The device was ready to use out of the box, simply plug in your phone or tablet and then press the small power button and watch your power start rising.  There are four levels of power, and when the lights get down to 1 or 2 it is time to charge.  Once the battery on your device is charged, simply unplug the Duo and it will automatically shut off within 20 seconds of not being used. I loved the slim profile of the charger which featured integrated cords as well as being about the same size as my iPhone 4s.  This charger features a built in USB cable for charging your micro USB smartphone as well as another cable to charge the device.    There are two ports, the 5V 2.1A port is best for tablets like the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Kindle Fire and the like while the 5V 1A port is best for smartphones, iPod Touch and other devices which require a lower level of batteries.  Read our review  Available from eFreesia for $22.99

Ergo Stylus by Pencil Grippencil grip ergo
If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues the Ergo Stylus by Pencil grip is a great choice. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing.   It works for both right and left-handed users. Read our full review here. Available from AmazonThe Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus, Ergonomic Touch-Screen Writing Aid (TPG-654)
for US$12.99

 

Agloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves by Agloves

Do you love using your touchscreen device, but hate those chilly mornings when you can’t wear your gloves because you want to use your iPhone?  Agloves solve this problem – they fit under your regular gloves or can be worn stand alone and allow you to use your touchscreen  device.   They are not necessarily warm, but they do the trick and allow you to use your device while keeping your fingers covered up fromo a chill!  Available from Agloves on Amazon for US$19.99

 

 

 

APL BANDRD T n Tylt Charging Giveaway valued at $150 USD open worldwide!Tylt Band Car Charger by Tylt
When getting in the car – I almost always realize my iPhone has a low battery!  Lucky for me – I can simply plug in my Band Car Charger and start charging up my phone.  I really like this charger because the 2.1A of power means I can charge two smartphones at once – one with the integrated 30 pin Apple cable and the second with a secondary cable.  I’ve used it with both my iPhone and a micro-USB at the same time and both have charged fast!  You can also use it to charge a tablet such as an iPad by itself!    When not in use, the Band Car Charger coils up nicely for storing in the center console. Available from Tylt  for US$29.99

 

Flat Auxiliary CableGriffin Flat AUX Cable by Griffin
I love to listen to music in my car and have a lot of it stored on my iPhone.    The AUX cable connects your iPod, MP3 Player, iPad, iPhone or any device that has a headphone jack directly to your car using the AUX input and then you can play your music or even your favorite podcasts via your car stero.  The cable is flat, so you can curl it up and store in the center console when not in use – I store mine in an old glasses case so that it doesn’t get mangled and is easy to pull out on the go.  This is a must for any audio lover in your family!  Available from Griffin for US$19.99

 

avantree mini roll able bluetooth keyboard p37612 300 Avantree Mini Rollable Bluetooth Keyboard provided by MobileFun.co.uk   ReviewAvantree Mini Rollable Bluetooth Keyboard by Avantree
Avantree Mini Roll-able Bluetooth Keyboard from Avantree put my true typing skills to the test.  This miniature roll up keyboard makes typing with your tablet (any Bluetooth enabled tablet will work) or smartphone easier.  The keyboard has approximately a 32 foot/10 meter cordless range – although I doubt you would use it that far from your device and when you are done, you simply roll it up and stow it for the next time.  The keyboard is a regular full function keyboard which means that some of the keys did not work while using my iPad like the F1 – F12 keys although they did work to turn on and off my music.  The keyboard charges via a included USB cable directly to your computer or other USB included charger. Read our review of the keyboard Available from Mobile Fun for US$25.99

 

 

Flexiview by Cygnett
Looking for a slim stand to hold your iPad 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the counter?  I use my Flexiview when cooking and using my iPad for recipes.  This slim stand folds down flat and stores easily in a drawer when not in use and is the perfect addition to my kitchen!  I’ve also used it with a mini keyboard to turn my iPad Mini into a small monitor with a keyboard.  Available from Cygnett for US$23.99

 

 The iPhone Viewfinder by Photojojo

This viewfinder attaches to your iPhone screen and becomes an eye piece just like the ones on your digital cameras using a section cup to vacuum itself into place without leaving any marks and attaches to a screen protector for use as well.  Although it may look odd, I find it does a great job in helping me frame shots with my iPhone on the go and slips easily into my pocket. Available from Photojojo for US$30.00

 
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For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists : The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Tech Savvy Kids 2013Christmas Gifts for Tech Savvy Moms and Dads, and these articles from The iMums:  Cool Accessories for Cool kids 2012,  Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids,  Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for WomenGreat Gifts for Dads -iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories He’ll LoveGorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 The Social Express by The Language Express – Review

The Social Express by The Language Express – Review



Reviewed by Mary

What we love…

Variety of materials included within the app aimed at children and young adults with social learning challenges

What we’d love to see…

how are they feeling” section is just a match the facial expressions game, I would like to see this changed to matching the expression to the name of the feeling e.g. mad, sad, angry, frustrated.

lower price point for the app (although it is currently on sale)

Summary

This program is very well done- it has high quality graphics and animation. My 8 year-old found it very engaging – he really wanted to watch all the videos and help solve the questions. The ideas behind it – the “hidden social cues” are simple basic rules for social interactions but ones that some children (both on the Autism Spectrum and off of it) need a lot of help learning

The Social ExpressThe Social Express by The Language Express Inc. is an app for children and young adults with social learning challenges; it is primarily aimed at Elementary School -aged children. It is available for the iPad, Mac and PC. The app consists of a series of short animated videos about a group of friends – Emma, Zack, Katie, Sam and Sunny (Emma’s dog). During each video you see the characters interacting with each other and you get to help choose what they will say or do next. After you make a choice you get to see the consequences of that choice. Although kids will naturally try to pick the “right” choice it is useful also to have them see what happens when you make the wrong choice. The app is designed to be used with an adult rather than independently. It works best if you stop and discuss what is going on in the videos, and talk about what happens if you choose the various options.

The app is divided into 2 levels. Level 1 is for younger children or those who have difficulty understanding social interactions. Level 2 is useful for children who understand social rules but have difficulty applying them in real life. You have to work your way through the lessons in order to unlock the next lesson. These are the subjects included in the 2 levels:

Level 1: What Are They thinking? Being With The Group. Pick The Feeling. Using the DPS (Digital Problem Solver). What’s Next? What Are They Doing? Saying The Right Thing. Unlocking The Clubhouse – this is a reinforcing activity, where the child is shown 2 pictures or movies clips and has to pick the one that correctly illustrates the hidden social clue.

Level 2: Watch What I Do. Using our Friend Files. Thinking about Your Friend. Using The DPS. What is Their Plan? What does That Mean? Having A Conversation. Unlocking The Clubhouse.

To give you an idea of what is included in each level, I will describe a little from one lesson of each level:

Level 1 – What Are They Doing? In this video Zach and Emma are taking turns acting out various actions and guessing what was acted out. In one scene you have to choose between Zach brushing his teeth and eating a hamburger, another time between playing a guitar and playing the drums. This lesson is teaching the child to look at the person who is talking, so that you can read their body language.

Level 2 – Having a conversation. This video has a series of short scenes, in each scene one of the friends is talking and the other has to decide how to respond. In one scene Emma is talking about her dog Sunny and you have to decide whether Zach should respond with “how old is she?” or “are you going to the movies?” If you pick the correct response the conversation carries on, if not Emma gets mad that he is changing the subject then you get to try again with the correct response

The app comes with a series of printables -I recommend you download and print these before starting to use the app. You can print these directly from the Mac or PC version or from the iPad using an Air Print printer. If you have the iPad version and no Air Print printer the developer will send you a PDF to allow you to print them. The printables include character profiles, a list of the Hidden Social Keys, coping strategies, and feelings cards. Each of the printable has space to add your own ideas too.

The DPS is an iPhone app that Social Express has just released (in April 2012). It works on recognizing feelings and choosing coping strategies for them. The child can flip through the feelings cards and pick how they are feeling, then see the suggested coping strategies for that feeling. You can customise it by adding your own extra feeling cards and your own coping strategies. If you don’t have the DPS or don’t have an iPhone or iTouch to use it on, you can use the printables to make 2 booklets that you can use in place of the DPS. I would recommend printing out the feelings cards, then using the coping strategies cards as a starting point to decide which strategies help your child for each feeling. Next write on the back of each feelings card what coping strategies help for that situation (adding any of your own that work for your child too). Once you are happy with your child’s personalized list of feelings and associated coping strategies, then laminate the cards and put a ring through them, making your own durable version of the DPS.

Things I would like to see changed: at the moment the “how are they feeling” section is just a match the facial expressions game, I would like to see this changed to matching the expression to the name of the feeling e.g. mad, sad, angry, frustrated. I would also like to see the price point of the app lower than $89.99 which is out of reach for many families, at the moment it is on sale for $29.99 – which is much more affordable.

This program is very well done- it has high quality graphics and animation. My 8 year-old found it very engaging – he really wanted to watch all the videos and help solve the questions. The ideas behind it – the “hidden social cues” are simple basic rules for social interactions but ones that some children (both on the Autism Spectrum and off of it) need a lot of help learningThis program isn’t a magic fix for social problems, but it is a good place to start. To make the most of this program you need to invest time in it, sitting down with your child, watching the videos together and discussing them. Then, just as importantly, you need to create a plan and continue working on using these skills and implementing them in real life situations. If you are a parent with a child who struggles socially and needs help learning these rules, and you are willing to invest the required time and energy, then I would recommend you strongly consider buying this program. There is a free lite version you can buy to see if it is a good fit for your child. If you are just going to watch the videos and nothing else, then it probably isn’t worth spending $90 on.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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