Friday, November 20, 2015

GFAOTD: Birdhouse for Special Needs is improved! And it's free!

BirdhouseOne of our favorite organizational tools, Birdhouse for Special Needs, is our good free app of the day! They’ve recently updated this app with several improvements that make it easier to customize so that it works like it was created just for your family.
If you haven’t tried Birdhouse for Special needs yet, be sure to download it today!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: Autism Discovery Tool is a new top pick!

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Bottom line: Autism Discovery Tool can help you explore each of the senses and experience some of the many ways that people on all aspects of the autism spectrum might see the world.  You can use this app as a tool for discussion to teach understanding and tolerance.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

New Top Pick! Table It! is amazing for education, including special ed!

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Bottom Line: Table It! is an amazing app like none I’ve ever seen. Along with 34 editable sample tables, the user can make an unlimited number of tables to organize any information desired. Make a table schedule, organize information from history class, make a data set in math, create a table for personal information or even their special interests. It’s unlimited in ability to create, and is my favorite new app on the market in a long time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: ZyroMath City Count is a counting app for all abilities.

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ZyroMath City Count makes learning to count by ones and tens fun for children ages six to eight regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. Parents and teachers will also love what this app has to offer from custom settings for gameplay to switch accessory compatibility and tracking of progress for multiple users.

If you'd like to download ZyroMath City Count, please use this handy link we've provided you,
(iPhone/iPad .99):

SAFAnoADS-noIAP-ELThis app contains no ads, no in-app purchases and parent-protected external links to the Zyrobotics website.

  Zyro2ZyroMath City Count opens to a homescreen where users create a name to play in-app which is used to track data for teachers and parents to follow in-app. Names and data are stored in-app only so sharing has to be done the old-fashioned ways of writing, typing or taking a screen shot of data to send along to other interested parties. I was blown away by the thoughtfulness of the custom setting available in this app especially as the mother of a child with autism. Games that play too fast, have to many obstacles or noises can inhibit his ability to accomplish a task, but ZyroMath has that covered. In settings that can be accessed by users and parents, new players can be added as well as adjusting sound effects, background music, background sound and narration. Users can also reset all progress in case a certain child with autism thinks it's funny to run Zyro3into all of the obstacles in the game, ruining all data. Yes, that happened. The good news is that in the difficulty section of the app, I can adjust that too. Challenge can be set between beginner, advanced or expert and there are also settings for the drills. In this area, users can remove obstacles, adapt speed or keep speed at a reduced rate. That's not all. Drill mode can be set for beginner, advanced, expert or it can be customized. When custom is selected, a "learn" button appears where users are taken to a practice mode where no data is collected and children are prompted to jump over obstacles and jump to capture stars, just like in the game. While this is happening, the game calibrates the settings for the child.
Zyro1Once all of the settings are sorted, play can begin. There are four drill and four challenge choices available. In both, users choose one to ten by counting with one, one to twenty by counting with one, one to 100 by counting with one or one to 100 by counting by ten. The difference between drills and challenges are in drills, users take their character running and jumping through the town collecting numbered stars and power-ups called Z coins. As users play, the number of stars accumulate for them which can be used in the prize store. In challenges, the child's character is given a sequential number question written at the top and narrated if voice has been turned on. Users guide their character to jump up and hit the star with the correct answer. During game play, presents are dropped that are worth prizes in the game's prize store.
After jumping and counting, kiddos can redeem their points for different characters to utilize during Zyro4play which have special abilities like super jumping and super speed. All of the characters are child appropriate and range from a friendly robot, dog and even a super-jumping owl.
 This is a must-have for kiddos that are learning to count, especially those in the special-needs community. Not only do they have so many custom settings to make any parent happy, but they also have switch compatibility so kids with limited motor skills can still have fun and strut their math feathers. Also of interest to some of our readers is that this game was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education, which I was happy to read after I had begun my review.
Technically, I found no bugs, glitches, misspellings or other general app faux pas while checking out this app and my six-year old enjoyed giving it a go as well. Of course, he liked it a little less when I removed the obstacles so he would concentrate on the actual task instead of just jumping on cars, but that's the price he has to be when his mother has a job to do. Overall, this is a great find for this age group.
Ctag2Cynthia is ready for fall. ***Smart Apps for Kids was paid a priority review fee for this app.