Saturday, January 17, 2015

Top 10 Apps To Work on Turn Taking!

Young children often have a hard time waiting and taking turns. It's a skill we are always addressing in the elementary school where I work. Opportunities for turn taking are naturally built into our school day, but some children need more direct instruction and visuals to be successful turn takers. Luckily, there are a variety of apps designed to target this skill and others that can be adapted for this purpose. Check out ten of my favorites below.


If you would like to download any of these great turn taking apps, please show your support for Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the link provided.

1.  Sharing Timer by Handhold Adaptive, LLC

Do your kids fight over toys and activities? Take the fighting out of playing, with SharingTimer™! Pictures of kids make it clear “Who’s Playing Now” and “Who’s Up Next”. Animated timers and sound effects show kids when it’s time to take turns. To set up, just choose your players, activity, and turn length. Press “Start,” and watch kids share like never before! SharingTimer is like having a referee in your pocket! 

(iPhone/iPad, $0.99)


2.  Turn Taker - Social Story and Sharing Tool by Touch Autism

Turn Taker uses visual and audio cues to facilitate turn taking and sharing for any child. The app also includes an illustrated social story about game play and sharing. This app has been used successfully with a variety of young children who find it difficult to share.  

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)


3.  Wait Timer - Social Story and Visual Timer Tool by Touch Autism

Wait Timer is a visual and audio tool to help teach good waiting behavior. The app includes a social story about waiting, and an audio/visual timer that can be set to different times. 

 The app opens up to a screen with a large timer on it and a “start” button.” Once the button is tapped the timer will start counting down the last time set in the “settings.” As the hand on the timer clock moves the clock face will go from colored to white, letting the waiter see how much time is remaining. 

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)


4.  Tap Roulette - Make Decisions with Friends by Laan Labs

Tap Roulette is like drawing straws 2.0 

 Each friend puts a finger down on the screen and one will be selected. 

 Use it to make decisions like who has to take out the garbage, or where to eat lunch. 

 Up to 11 fingers supported on the iPad. 
Up to 5 fingers are supported on the iPhone.

(iPhone, iPad, Free)



5.  Memo-Game by MyFirstApp Ltd.

Memo Game - the first memory game with voice recording feature - is an exciting new version of the classic memory game. On top of the visual memory skills which it develops, a new added voice recording feature enables parents and kids to add names or sounds to every visual image, thus enabling kids to listen to over 100 words in their own voice and in their own language. The voice recording feature is both fun and educative. The game consists of several boards, each board features a different theme, such as vehicles, food and animals. The use of the various themes also helps develop categorization ability. It is designed for children aged 3+ years old. 

(iPhone/iPad, Free with in-app purchases)


6.  Image Spinner by Joe Scrivens

Choose up to 10 photos and record 10 pieces of audio to create your own spinner. Press or shake the spinner and it will randomly land in one of the segments. Press the settings button to add your photos to the spinner. It will load your photo folder to choose from. Press record to record your audio, then press stop, play it back or re-record your audio. 

 Your spinner will be saved each time you close down your application. Just tap the photo again to change the image. Press clear to remove all images. 

(iPhone/iPad, $0.99)


7.  Toca Tea Party by Toca Boca AB

Invite your friends to a tea party around your iPad! Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, serve the tea and you’re good to go! Simply eat and drink with your finger! With Toca Tea Party, you can play together with your kids in a way that stimulates their imagination. 

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)



8.  Take Turns by Kringelbach IT

Take Turns is an automatic egg timer that has many uses.

 Take Turns can: 
· Help kids share toys 
· Help kids taking turns when gaming on your iPhone 
· Tell whose turn it is to check the stew 
· Tell whose turn it is to use the computer

(iPhone, $0.99)


9.  Random Name Selector Pro by Walsall Academy

The Pro (Ad Free) version of the popular Random Name Selector. A Fun classroom management tool for Teachers, that will engage and entertain students. The Random Name Selector is a Fun (and fair) way to select students for that special task or to answer that question. 

 Has anyone not answered yet?, did everyone get a turn? Bring your Classroom Management into the 21st century with the Random Name Selector. 

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)


10.  Sago Mini Friends by Sago Sago

Go on a playdate with your favourite Sago Mini friends! Take a walk to a friend’s house and let the fun begin. Help Robin the bird fix a birdhouse, play dress-up with Jinja the cat or enjoy a snack with Harvey the dog. With five friends and ten activities, there’s a lot to explore. 

 Play time with friends is such an important part of children’s lives. Crafted with love, Sago Mini Friends invites kids to lead the play. Part of the award-winning suite of Sago Mini apps, the app will bring smiles to you and your children. 

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)


Do you have a favorite app for working on turn taking? Please share it with us in the comments below.

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As a little girl, Sarah had imaginary friends named Cindy and Judy. She used to cry because they were not very good at taking turns.



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