Thursday, May 31, 2012

Special Word and Story Apps

Just wanted to post about the new apps I have downloaded to help with Jack's speech.  I have been frustrated that we have been unable to follow a consistent and building program at home.  I think that Down Syndrome Education Internation has some credibility from what I have read and I wish that we could learn more about how to implement their curriculum.   They are based out of the UK but are moving to become more of an internationally accessible resource.  Does anyone have any experience with them or in successfully using their educational resources?

They have a See and Learn program they have developed for learning words, improving memory, learning to read and speech development.   I am thinking my next purchase will be some of their speech cards.  But the last item we ordered came from the States and was a huge hassle to get delivered.   Also, I may be able to find something similar if I look around.  Does anyone have something similar they are using to practice consonnants, vowels and other speech sounds?

There are two See and Learn Apps that you can run on your iphone or on your ipad.  We just downloaded these to our iphones and Jack is having a blast with them.  We have ordered and downloaded 2 sets of see and learn cards but I find them hard to use.  These apps are so easy and fun to use.  I think I will be intentional about using them with Jack for 10-15 minutes a day.  He actually tries to imitate the word when it is said by the program and loves the applause after he successfully completes each round of matching.  He was asking to play it again at the end of the day.  You can also ad your own photos and words you want to work on.


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Special Words                              Special Stories


The special stories app comes with a number of stories that are read to Jack as he pushes the arrow button.  They repeat common phrases.  This app also gives you the abilty to take pictures and create your own stories starting your little star.  Can't wait to try my own.  You can taylor it to words you may be working on.  I can see us using it more as we prepare for Jack's entrance to school.

Each of these apps is $13.99 which is a fraction of what you pay for the actual cards, you get it immediately and it is easy to use!

You can also go to the Down Syndroime Education International US website and buy an $8.00 add on words for both apps.

My plan is to get up a little earlier each morning so that I can spend 10-15 minutes of focused speech work with Jack on my iphone.  We just might need to get that ipad soon!

As I struggle with the possibillity that Jack may not speak for a long time and maybe never really coherently, I am saddened.  His brain seems not to be able to organize and get out his words.  You can work on blowing out candles, bubbles, practicing speech sounds and words but how to you fix someone's brain? My default seems to be work longer, push harder and we will succeed.  I recognize that this is really beyond me no matter how hard we work.  But I choose to continue to work with Jack in a reasonable commitment for both he and I.  I pray that God will guide us to the resources and answers we need to help him and ultimately I believe that God has a lot to say through Jack to the world so I need to trust that He will bring about all things in His time.

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