Ipad Memory Games

R. loves memory memory matching games on the ipad. Here’s a short list of her favorites.

Amazing Memory Match has an assortment of memory matching games. The opening screen reminds me of the old speak and say dials. You can choose a picture (different animals, foods, transportation…) and get a game with pastries or dinosaurs. When a match is made the app flashes a picture of the item matched along with the word and speaks the word aloud. I think this is great for vocabulary development. There is a free version available with a limited number of games.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party app has a read aloud story, coloring, puzzles and a memory matching game. She’s had this one for a while now and just gets more and more out of using it.

Timmy’s Kindergarten Adventure isn’t the best educational app. While it does allow you to pick until you choose the right answer, it advances to the next level too quickly. And compared to other apps the graphics are dull. The best part about this app is that you can buy in app toys with coins earned for answering questions correctly. No real money is involved and it is fairly easy to earn enough to buy everything. There is of course a matching game. It has animals and makes the animals sounds. A light bright style toy is fun too.


Free and Fun Christmas Apps

Toca Hair Salon – Christmas Gift

This is another wonderful app from Toca Boca that happens to be free.  R. has been playing with their Hair Salon app for a few weeks.  (She loves their tea party app too) This is a version of the Hair Salon with a Santa Claus and a Christmas tree to style.

The app gives you tools to cut and style hair.  There are hair clippers and a pair of scissors for cutting, a comb, a hair dryer, hair growing gel,  and an assortment of colors for hair coloring and a camera to take pictures.  The Christmas Gift app. has decorations for the tree, and when you snap a picture it saves it with the words Merry Christmas.

123 Christmas- My first numbers with Santa Claus

This is a free app with ads.  The ads don’t get in the way too much.   It is very simple, you touch the ornaments and they fall into Santa’s bag and they are counted.

App review: Bob Books #1 Reading Magic

R. has been really into this Bob Books #1 Reading Magic app.  The app includes 32 words in twelve scenes.

So it starts like this, with a black and white picture and gray words. If you don’t do anything it makes a little sound and the images move to get your attention.

Touching Sam brings you to this page, where you can match letters to spell the word.  I have it set for Level 1 and to say the letters phonetically.  Each time a letter or the box where the letter goes is touched the app speaks the letter.

After the word is spelled, the item changes to color.

You are taken back to the first page with the phrase on it, and the drawing of Sam is colored in, and the word Sam is black.  The cat drawing is black and white, and the word cat is gray.  The cat will make a little sound and move if you do not select it right away.

Then you can spell cat, just like the previous word.

The cat turns to color after the word is spelled.

When the entire phrase has been spelled, the picture changes to color, the entire phrase turns black and the figures move a little.

There are 4 levels of play.  We are using Level 1-Drag and drop letters to match.  Level 2 is learn left to right order.  Level 3 is spell without visual hints.  Level 4 is Pick letters to spell words.

There is the option to turn on and off the background music and sound effects.  You can turn on and off the options for the objects to wiggle to give hints.  You can also choose to have the app speak the letter names or phonic sounds.

I was surprised at how much R. likes this app.  I thought the pictures might be too simple, but she plays it all the time on her own.  I don’t understand using names like Dot or Mat in phrases.  But I do know these Bob Books predate the ipad.

Easy apps for Autism

R. is actually bored with both of these apps, but she used them quite a bit for the first couple of weeks with the ipad.  I think they helped her learn how different apps work and the fact that they are simple to do made her feel confident enough to stick with it.










Monte Lingual 1 to 10 Lite

This review is for the Lite/free version.  There is an advertisement bar at the bottom of the screen during play.  It does not seem to get in the way.

When the app loads it says tap screen to begin.  This means R. can easily launch the program herself.  There are no ads on the opening page.

The description of the app says that they are using the  Montessori bead stair concept.  There are ten red circles on the left hand side.  Each circle is moved individually to the bar across the top of the screen.   The app is somewhat forgiving, and will pull the circle into the correct spot when you are close. You can also bounce the circles off the opposite side and they will bounce into the correct spot.  The circle makes a popping sound when you remove a circle, and a slight swishing sound if you fling it.  It makes a clicking sound when the circle is put into place.  The red circle turns a different color once it is in place and is labeled with the next number and the program says each number out loud.   Once all ten spots are filled a button pops up offering play again.  It is a bit tricky, but you can select more than one circle and count by twos or whatever.  R. is not interested in that yet.

I think learning how to move the circles helped teach R. how to manipulate the ipad.  There are really no wrong answers or moves, so it provides errorless learning.  The music turned her off initially, but once I learned how to turn it off (press the i in the upper left hand corner) she was interested in the numbers  and was able to do it herself after a while.  You can also turn off the sound effects each circle makes, and the speaking of the numbers.













ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter

This is a free app.  There are no ads.   On the first page there is a button in the lower right corner that says play.   R. tired of this app before she learned how to use the button.

Grasshopper Apps, who wrote the app, says that you can learn with sight, sound and touch. A letter is spoken for each colored letter when moved, and it can only be placed in the correct spot.   When attempting to place the letter in the wrong spot the letter bounces back and a bouncing sound is heard.  The number of letters that appear each time vary, and can be customized in the settings.   You can select a minimum and a maximum number of letters to appear from one up to six.

The authors must know all about children with autism, because there are many ways to customize this app.  There is a settings button on the front page.  You can record your own voice and customize all the game sounds -including turning them off.   There are separate settings for the intro music (we turned it off) and success sounds.

R. took to this app immediately, it was one of the first ones she could really do independently.   Sometimes she would just play with the letters to hear the sounds.  She figured out that if you try to move more than one at a time it makes strange echo-ish letter sounds.