EDA Play Pauli Giveaway

 

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Sugar and Ketchup has given Adapted Innovation 10 free downloads of EDA Play Pauli!  We are going to be running a giveaway on the blog to share 10 of these ED PLAY Pauli downloads on the iOS App Store!  One code available per winner!  There will be 10 winners!  The giveaway will begin this evening at Midnight Central Time and will end at Midnight on August 13.  Please enter in the link below and share away!

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App Review: EDA Play Pauli

EDA PLAY Pauli app is a new vision app from the developers of Sugar and Ketchup.  The app is a simple visual motor game for infants and toddlers with visual impairments and older children with multiple disabilities. The app features several visual motor tasks that range from basic cause and effect (touch the screen and something happens to basic whole part concepts (what part of the teddy bear is missing?).    The app follows a sequential story line of a day in the life of a little girl named Pauli.  The activities that Pauli does in her day challenges the user to begin to understand basic cause and effect  concepts and functionality of real life objects and situations. (i.e. put spoon in bowl and stir). Like other Sugar and Ketchup apps, there are options for parents to track the visual tasks appropriate to their child’s abilities within the Settings and pick which activities they would like the child to complete.

For teachers and parents using this app, I would recommend pairing the activities in this app with physical experience of building the blocks or stirring the the spoon in the bowl so they can get the sensory experience of what they are seeing represented on the app.   Overall I think this is a great app to introduce basic visual cause and effect concepts and whole part concepts as well as functional cause effect concepts with pictures.  However, I think it is within the child’s best interest if these activities were paired with the real activities as well.

 

Simple Prizmo OCR App Tutorial

Prizmo OCR App is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) App that allows users to scan text documents (worksheets, text documents, business cards,etc) on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and have the text read back to them. This can be useful for individuals with visual impairments or dyslexia. The apps costs about $10.00 and is user friendly. However, I feel the user really needs to practice getting used to how OCR works. For users that are visually paired, I feel this app is most appropriate for users with some functional vision. However, I think users would need assistance from a sighted assistant to be able to take the photo of documents since it requires a clear photo of the text on the page.

Simple Use:

Step 1-Click camera button to photograph a page of text


 

Step 2: Photographt page of text from a distance where the text page is recognizeable. A tripod would be very helpful for this stage.  For visually impaired users this step might require the need for a sighted tech guide. You might need to rotate and crop the image to make the text readable by the app.
 
  

Step 3: Hit Apply as the app  scans the documents
 
 

Step 4: Select the block of text you would like read outloud.

 

Step 5: Hit the blue box with the arrow  coming out of the top and select “Read outloud.” See video below for how the app works:

Simple Youtube Prizmo App Demo
For a more thorough tutorial on Prizmo OCR app please check out this great tutorial linked below:

Detailed Prizmo App Tutorial on Youtube

App Review: Switch Trainer

Switch Trainer is an awesome new app that helps switch users to practice the four scaffold levels of switch skills needed to access AAC devices, computers and tablets as well as other adaptive equipment with two switches.  Although, this app could be a good way to introduce touch screen access and cause and effect skills for new iPad users who might be future AAC users. This app is appropriate for switch users of all ages but specifically early intervention, early childhood and schools that serve users with multiple disabilities with physical impairments.

There are Six games are available within the app

– Animations-

Switch Skills: Cause Effect

– Make a choice-

Switch SkillVisual scanning between two icons

– Monkey playground

Switch Skill: Target switch skills
– Dress up the mouse

Switch Skill: elevated visual scanning skills and practice 

– Orchestra

Switch Skills: Visual scanning, targeting switching 
– Hide and seek 

Switch Skills: Visual scanning, targeting switch 

Operating Modes:

External keyboard (Space and Enter)

Scanning with 1 or 2 switch 

Touch Scanning iPad Screen

My Two Cents:

This is a great app for students, teachers and therapists who believe their students will be future switch users using an AAC device. The games are entertaining and provide a wide array of skills practice with a variet of input methods (keyboard, touch screen,  1 or 2 switches). For kids with visual impairments, higher level switch skills games could become very challenging but I have been successful with kids with visual impairments using this app on all levels. Like anything else, give it a shot and see what happens. But students with visual impairments love the cause and effect animation games and love playing speed switch games with their fellow switch training peers when we hook up two switches to the app. Overall this app is well worth the purchase. 

 

 

 




  

My Favorite Apps from 2015

Hey everyone.
It has been a super busy year and this blog has been quiet. But that doesn’t mean I have been out of commission. I have been working diligently on developing an accessible after school fitness program for kids with visual impairments in the district I work in. That has been taking up quite a bit of my AT and blogging time.
Here is a list of the top 10 apps I have used for my students with visual impairments over this last year:
Switch Trainer App:

Finally an app where you can teach all your switch skills in one place! Plus there is a free trial one your can download!

Click here for more information:

Switch Trainer App


YouTube for Kids
I use this app quite a bit with my students with multiple impairments to facilitate communication and choice making opportunities. I love finding the videos the kids like and creating symbol boxes for their favorite videos!

Click here for more information:

YouTube Kids App

 

Braille Reference App

I have been using this app with my older kids who are dual media users who use Braille functionally but need a reference. This has been an invaluable app for them.
“A VoiceOver compatible app that allows users who are blind to look up those many times hard to remember Braille symbols and contractions. Users have the option to search for more than 250 Braille symbols and contractions. You can either search by a letter (ex. a or about) or by dots/contraction (ex. 1 or ab).” -Appls Vis

Click here for more information:

Braille Reference App

I have been using this app with my older kids who are dual media users who use Braille functionally but need a reference. This has been an invaluable app for them.
“A VoiceOver compatible app that allows users who are blind to look up those many times hard to remember Braille symbols and contractions. Users have the option to search for more than 250 Braille symbols and contractions. You can either search by a letter (ex. a or about) or by dots/contraction (ex. 1 or ab).” -Appls Vis

 

Talking Clock App

   
   
Since many of my students with extremely low vision to total blindness need an extended period of time to create their personal organization system, I have found that teaching my secondary students about noticing the passing of time is helpful to develop life and job skills at this age. I do this by placing the FREE Talking Clock app on their iPhones and iPads.  While the talking watches are great, placing a Talk Clock on their tablet or phone integrated their time system into devices they use for a variety of activities. My students and I have noticed the following benefits and limitations to this app:

Benefits:

•It’s free

•It has simple setting features

•There are two different sounds for half hour time and hour times

•Exposes kids to a military clock time

•variety of sounds 

Limitations:

•The sounds can be distracting 

•There are not many custom user settings