Saturday, June 7, 2014

Top 10 Switch Accessible iPad Apps Targeting Cause and Effect Skills

The use of a switch can be a game changer for children with special needs. Switches allow students to access things that many of us take for granted and can help create a more inclusive atmosphere both in classrooms and at home. There are many switch accessible apps available. Several of these apps are designed for use as an AAC device, but many others can be used to target other early learning skills such as cause and effect. There are many factors to consider when selecting assistive technology tools, please consult with your child's speech pathologist or assistive tech team when making decisions for your unique child.

If you would like to download one or more these switch accessible apps, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the links provided.

Switch Kids by Marblesoft

Switch Kids is a fun switch-accessible program to introduce kids to the wonders of using a computer. Switch Kids teaches simple cause and effect, multiple-choice cause and effect, and a variation we call "cause and effect with a goal". 

 While the program is intended for switch users, it can also be used just by touching the screen. A finger acts like a switch. It doesn't matter where you touch, just that you touch. In the main activities, the user touches anywhere on the screen to cause the next action (the effect). A two-, three- or four-finger touch will cause a different action. You can use up to four external switches for input, to allow full use of the program to people who cannot easily touch the screen because of physical disabilities. 

The numbers 1 through 4 on a Bluetooth keyboard will also control the 4 actions.

(iPhone/iPad, $9.99)
 

Five Little Rock Stars by Inclusive Technology Ltd

Learn the numbers from one to five with this easy to learn counting song. The rock stars theme is ideal for older learners who are still working on numbers up to five. The song and animation stop at the end of each verse and you can use a switch, or touch the screen to play the next verse. 

Clear graphics, which include the numbers and words to sing along with and high quality voice over to encourage correct pronunciation of the number names. The follow-up activities give lots of opportunities to see numbers and to hear number names. 
• Counting up – touch the screen or press a switch to count up to five. 
• Count along number line – errorless activity using touch or switch to count to five with clear visual and auditory feedback for numbers and number names. 
• This set of activities is an enjoyable way to help a child become familiar with numbers from one to five. 
• Works with touch, single and two switch. 
• Use a switch with any currently available iPad switch interface.

(iPad only, $2.99)



Five Little Aliens by Inclusive Technology Ltd

Learn the numbers from one to five with this easy to learn counting song. The song and animation stop at the end of each verse and you can use a switch or touch the screen to play the next verse. 

Clear graphics, which include the numbers and words to sing along with and high quality voice over to encourage correct pronunciation of the number names. The follow-up activities give lots of opportunities to see numbers and hear number names. 

• Counting up – touch the screen or press a switch to count up to five. 
• Count along number line – errorless activity using touch or switch to count to five with clear visual and auditory feedback for numbers and number names. 
• This set of activities is an enjoyable way to help a child become familiar with numbers from one to five. 
• Works with touch or single or two switch scanning. 
• Use a switch with any currently available iPad switch interface.

(iPad only, $2.99)


Sensory Cinevox - speech therapy game for vocalizing or making sounds by Sensory Apps Ltd

CineVox is a visually stimulating, simple and fun app that improves vocalization and speech. Cinevox is a speech therapy game tool that responds to sounds. 
With CineVox you can also produce amazing and fun graphic effects as it responds to any sounds. CineVox can be used to encourage children to vocalize and make sounds, either through the internal microphone or via and external microphone. 
 There are 21 different visual effects in CineVox, including mirrors, spirals, bubbles, kaleidoscope and more. 
 The effects change colour and shape with volume, so the louder the sound, the more the effect changes. 
Sounding fricatives (hissess, shhh etc) will change the display with additional effects. In some modes it gives a snowstorm effect, in others it makes your image black and white and in the hall of mirrors mode it further distorts your image. 
Connecting your iPad or iPhone over wifi to AppleTV improves the impact of CineVox by showing the effects on your big screen TV. 
Cinevox is a great app to complement our popular Sensory Speak Up speech therapy app game. 
CineVox is fully switch accessible, using a Bluetooth Switch Access box, such as the RJ Cooper Bluetooth Switch Interface and RJ's Bluetooth Super-Switch. Visit www.rjcooper.com/bluetooth-switch-interface/ for further details. 
CineVox can be controlled by assistive technology switches that produce character codes (1, 2, 3, 4 & ~1, ~2, ~3, ~4) - all produce different changes. Bluetooth keyboards will also control the app.

(iPhone/iPad, Free)


Big Bang Patterns by Inclusive Technology Ltd

Developed in conjunction with specialist teachers in the field of visual impairment, the activities have been specially designed for use with children with low vision, including those with cerebral visual impairments and complex needs. It is an ideal tool to assess preferences and develop visual skills. 

 Big Bang Patterns contains four specially created sets of animated patterns, each containing twelve different animations, accompanied with a choice of music or sound effects. 

These patterns have been designed to provide a range of visually stimulating activities with a choice of bold colours and movements including tracking, sliding and tunnelling.   
Each of the four sets of patterns provides: 
• Twelve varied animated patterns with music or sound effects. 
• Where appropriate, the sound effects coincide with changes in the animation to give extra stimulus. • Choice of eight background and foreground colours (choose black and white for a great visual impact). 
• One touch option for maximum cause and effect. 
• Two touch option - first touch for static pattern, second to animate. 
• Choice of playing time for animated reward. 
• Different types of pattern allow you to investigate users preferences. 
• Great for assessing colour preferences by choosing different combinations. 
• Use with external display for greater impact. 
• One and two switch access options for simple choice making or direct cause and effect (suitable switch interface required). 

(iPad only, $16.99)



Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box by Cognable

Light Box was designed for teenagers with autism, complex learning needs and a variety of sensory disabilities. It provides 21 engaging, abstract scenes which encourage exploration of cause and effect. 
 The app is also popular with parents of very much younger children who are beginning to explore touchscreen control. 
Follow the support web link for reviews and articles from parents, special needs teachers and other users. 
All scenes have a range of colour palettes, including contrast and inversion effects to aid visual clarity. 
Several options and styles of control are supported including; single touch, multi-touch, switch access, tap anywhere and sound activation.

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)


Sensory Splodge 1 - Fun for infants and Kindergarten by Sensory Apps Ltd

Splodge and splatter paint effects, fish, butterflies and balloons on glowing backgrounds. Complete with funny sound effects. 
Splodge backgrounds include mirror, underwater, glowing sun and calming lava. 
Simple fun for infants, kindergarten, nursery and pre school kids. 
Splodge is fully switch accessible, using a Bluetooth Switch Access box, such as the RJ Cooper Bluetooth Switch Interface and RJ's Bluetooth Super-Switch. Visit www.rjcooper.com/bluetooth-switch-interface/ for further details. 

(iPhone/iPad, Free)



Koppy Kattz by Marblesoft

A fun memory game for players from 3 to adult. Cause and effect and training activities are suitable for any child. In full "Koppy Katt" mode the game will challenge any player, and a multi-player game can be used with any number of players. As you'd expect from Marblesoft, lots of options let you control program difficulty and fun.

 In the cause and effect activity the player just experiments with the buttons. Prompting and reinforcement can be done with a synthesizer, piano, drums or a contextual vocal prompt. 

In the three memory activities, an ever-increasing sequence is played which the player has to match. Play the game with colored buttons, dice, numbers or cats. 

Koppy Kattz can be operated by touching the screen or with an external keyboard or switches. You can set the program to use just two switches and use it with a Bluetooth switch interface, or with up to 4 switches on RJ Cooper's 4-switch interface. You can play Koppy Kattz with up to 6 buttons by using the number keys 1 - 6 on a Bluetooth keyboard.   

(iPhone/iPad, $19.99)




Sights and Sounds: Fireworks by Marblesoft

The Sights and Sounds series is a collection of apps designed to teach cause and effect using three common modes of single switch control. While these age-appropriate activities are designed to be appealing to students and switch users of all ages, they are particularly valuable for students with severe physical and developmental disabilities, beginning with a cognitive age as low as 1 year. 

Sights and Sounds uses graphics, animation and sound to capture the child's attention. Fireworks is one app in the Sights and Sounds series. 

The Sights and Sounds Series features a momentary switch mode for use with a switch interface that supports repetitive key strokes. The Blue2 Bluetooth Switch is a switch interface that works great with this series.

(iPad only, $4.99)
 

Catch the Cow by Computerade Products

Catch the Cow helps children and adults with physical disabilities, to learn to select pictures using a scanning device. 

 It allows teachers, clinicians or parents to assess whether a user can learn beginning skills for choice making through auto scanning. Direct touch can also be used and accuracy of the two modes can be compared. Initially the user selects one of two squares. Then the level of difficulty gradually increases to select a picture from multiple rows and columns. 

Catch the Cow for iPad provides a large on-screen button for selection as shown. An option is provided to use it with an external switch that is compatible with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The space, ~, 1, 2 or 3 keys can be used to select. 

Compatible switches are available from RJ Cooper & Asoociates Inc. and Ablenet Inc. 

(iPad only, $1.99)


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Sarah survived her daughter's sleepover and is now ready to relax. 

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