Mindfulness for Children – Meditations for kid by Jannik Holgersen – Review



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A parent’s and teacher’s delight! Mindfulness for Children provides relaxing sounds of nature to help children calm down and improve focus/concentration. A calm, reassuring voice gives step by step audio instructions on how to meditate. With descriptions and terms aimed at children, users are taken through body scans, visualizations and breathing exercises.

What we love…

Descriptions/explanations detailing the goals/outcomes of each exercise; ability to provide feedback and the authors desire to receive this feedback to make improvements.

What we’d love to see…

More and more guided exercises! .

Summary

Beautifully spoken meditation exercises aimed specifically at children! Exercises guide children to a calm/relaxed state using easy to understand imagery.

Our Rating

Mindfulness for Children was created in Denmark through the joint effort of a psycho-motor therapist and a technical expert with a vested interest in mindfulness meditation. It is used by Denmark schools with great success and is recommended by several Danish child psychologists.

The developers describe “mindfulness” as being aware of what happens while it happens. The app is recommended for children ages 5 and up, but the authors caution to respect your child’s wish not to participate: “Children can be encouraged to meditate, but it should happen voluntarily.”

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The app provides three guided meditations for children and two sets of relaxing nature sounds to help children calm/refocus. Our testers (and their mama ☺) appreciated the calming nature sounds the best to unwind from a busy day and to enter a sound sleep state. The meditation exercises left us feeling ready to tackle difficult schoolwork or to key into those complicated/coordinated movements for a series of new dance steps. With exercises being brief (but effective), meditations can easily be used by teachers to refocus a whole classroom to the tasks at hand vs all the extraneous thoughts/distractions.

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A special feature of Mindfulness for Children is the support given to parents. Each exercise provides a detailed description of intended outcomes, how to gently get to those outcomes, and suggestions of how to apply what children have learned throughout the day. The authors encourage users to take part in the improvement process and further development of the program via social media and/or email.

Mindfulness for Children was a welcome addition to our collection of apps – its one of the few that helps children refocus on life outside of electronics. This app brings the authors’ mission to life: “Put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.” ☺

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Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
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Sensory Processing Therapy – tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home programs by SensoryTreat Ltd – Review and Giveaway



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Developed for caregivers of sensory needing kids, this app keeps us organized and thus helps our sensory kiddos get organized – creating a beautiful snowball effect ☺ Anyone that loves sensory kids knows that the best treatment for our lovelies is consistent sensory doses throughout the day – several times throughout the day. But, it’s hard to remember when to provide the input, what input to provide, where to document responses, and on and on….

What we love…

Thorough research drawing from personal experience and OT consultations; Reminders to consult an OT to gain the most from the sensory experiences.

What we’d love to see…

The ability to upload stored photos/videos vs having to take photos/videos while creating the custom activity; tutorial directions on how to add multiple children to the schedule.

Summary

Completely customizable sensory schedule with new & SIMPLE ideas built right into the app that fit into the most hectic of daily schedules!

Our Rating

This app (available in the App Store and on Google Play) helps us do all that – and more ☺ And, you can try it for free for 14 days! This lite version offers limited exercise examples but scheduling, experience and observation features are the same in the lite and full versions. Ready to get started??

First, set up an account linked to your email. Then follow the easy tutorial steps to develop a fully customizable daily schedule for your sensory kiddo (i.e., set alarm time and choose from 1 of 6 sensory categories based on guidance from your child’s occupational therapist). Your alarm reminder goes off when its time for a sensory break. You choose from a list of activities within the previously specified sensory category and then select from a group of illustrations, set a timer (to track how long the activity is completed), and click done. Now, ask your child to rate the activity (happy/sad face) and you add any additional notes you may want. Simple as that! But what happens if your sensory kiddo is not with you? No problem, use the app link to forward a text message reminder to whomever your child is with at the time.

With over 100 simple/concrete illustrations that are color-coded by sensory system, it’s easy to find an activity that both you and your sensory kiddo will enjoy (and fit easily into your schedule, no matter where you are). If a favorite is not listed, just add it using the “add your own” category. Take a photo/video, name the activity, add a description, and your favorite is now a part of your schedule.

Get the best out of therapy by emailing updates to your OT – ensuring the right sensory fit and the right sensory challenge. The experience tab within the app collects happy/sad face data and summarizes it in a weekly chart by activity. It also compiles data by sensory category (showing which category is favored or which is definitely not liked). Finally, four different areas (goals) can be tracked too. The app default lists sleep, eating, playing, and emotionally. But again, the developers have left it open to customize to your child’s needs/goals. Every week, caregivers can rate each area on a sliding scale from “not good” to “good” and then share this data with their OT.

The developers of Sensory Treat have definitely done their research. Both the developers and the illustrator draw from their own personal experience with their own sensory children. They have consulted with OTs certified in sensory integration and value consumer feedback. And, they give back to the sensory community too. Their products are produced by Autism Society member organizations that employee individuals with autism. An app truly worth checking out by caregivers and therapists!

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Category: Health & Fitness, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 8.95 MB

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Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun by Cupcake Digital and AG Properties – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

easy to navigate; colorful pictures and animations; storybook encourages young readers to read along with the narrator

What we’d love to see…

not much to improve here!

Summary

a narrated storybook app with games and coloring pages based on the newly released Strawberry Shortcake DVD – Fun Under the Sun

Our Rating

 

Cupcake Digitals Latest Strawberry Shortcake Story & Activity App Surfs Into Summer Fun Season Start your summer off right with Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun! This wonderful new app greets users with 4 areas to choose from – a story, two games, and coloring pages. The story includes favorite Strawberry Shortcake characters and a story line based on the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD – Fun Under the Sun. As users scroll through the pages, enticing sparkles point out multiple interactive features on each page. Our testers loved finding sunglasses from Pupcake’s and Custard’s bags and then placing them on Strawberry and her friends. Our youngest tester scrolled through Strawberry’s personal phone photos over and over again! Parents will love that the words change colors as the narrator reads each word – encouraging read along skills. The narrator will even read one word at a time as users tap on each single word. The app does take a few extra seconds to load each storybook page, but our testers didn’t seem to mind — they were happy popping bubbles developers included to help pass the time as pages loaded.

In the Berry Blast game, users connect three or more like colors in a row – vertically, horizontally, diagonally, or a combination. A quick visual and auditory demo plays automatically each time the game is opened. Players earn different badges as they pass through multiple levels. Our users loved watching Strawberry’s outfit change as they passed through the levels.

Surfs up in the Berry Bitty Surfing game! Users collect fruits to earn points as they surf along the waves – but watch out for rocks, whirlpools, and buoys! The more points you earn, the more surfboards and new characters are unlocked in the Tiki Hut. This was the favorite among our testers

The app includes 6 different summer-themed coloring pages. Here you’ll find the typical coloring pages’ features – stickers, paint bucket, crayon, chalk, spray paint, eraser, etc. An added bonus is that the app automatically saves your current picture “as is” to come back to later. Users also have the option to take/save their creation in their personal device photos. Another plus we discovered for young users: as they start to color a particular area, color marks stay only within that area until they lift their finger from the screen (i.e., as the water area is colored blue, an accidental touch on the sand does not turn it blue, but when the water area is touched again, the blue coloring continues). Picture shadings and details are automatically included as you color, giving your final picture that professional look.

Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun is a universal app available in the iTunes App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play, and for NOOK, Tabeo, and Nabi devices. The app is child friendly with gated App store access to prevent accidental child access to the internet. It’s designed for children ages 6-8, but our testers (ages 4 – 10) all loved it! I even found myself getting wrapped up in the Berry Blast game

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See.Touch.Learn. PRO 3.0 by Brain Parade – Review




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What we love…

Beautiful images; the ability to customize lessons or search community-made lessons; the ability to track user data

What we’d love to see…

randomized presentation of exercises, randomized correct/incorrect answer sounds

Summary

An electronic set of  ABA/ language arts flash cards – with the option to make custom lessons or download pre-made lessons from an ever-growing community-based library.

Our Rating

Reviewed by Mary and MaricaSee.Touch.Learn Pro See the image, Touch the image, Learn – simple as that!  We first reviewed See.Touch.Learn. in 2012 but is has had some major updates since then with a new voice, new lesson generator. lots of new images and libraries, a collaborative community and a sleek new interface.

This app is designed to replace physical flashcards and was initially designed for ABA therapy for Autism, but has a host of other uses including Speech Therapy and Language Arts instruction.The app starts with pre-made lessons and goes to lessons limited only by your imagination. Users are greeted by images and either a verbal or written response as to which item(s) to select. Correct answers are rewarded with verbal praise, incorrect answers are redirected with an auditory cue (and an image wiggle option available in settings). Many custom settings are available. At first, it takes a bit to get familiar with the program, but only because there are so many options! We found the online help videos loaded with information and tips.

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The PRO and SITE versions give access to over 40 libraries containing more than 4,400 images and 2,200 exercises. Even more appealing is access to the ever-growing community based libraries of images, lessons, and exercises. Here users can search through pre-made lessons covering a wide range of topics – social/emotional, environmental safety awareness, familiar books/stories, letters, sight/dolch words… the list is endless.

Brain Parade gives tons of online support too – from an update blog, video libraries of help topics, to community based support forums. And, throughout the app and on the websites, you find numerous links to provide feedback (both ideas and questions).

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A few minor errors we found – a glitch in the student the data tracker on the iPad2 but it worked fine on the iPad-mini. When creating lessons and using the random exercise generator, the same two images are placed in the same exercise. You can go through the lesson editor and change the double images, but it would be nice to avoid the duplication all together.

 

See.Touch.Learn. is a Speech Therapist’s and a Special Education Teacher’s dream come true. Producers thought of all the stops with this app. The only downside is that the full version is pricey – currently $39.99, but it does have a huge amount of content and a lite version is available for free, so users can try before they buy. This free version includes the ability to use pre-made lessons or customize lessons using the provided images (along with in-app purchases to the Custom Card Creator and community library of lessons/images). The PRO version has an IAP available (currently $4.99) to add student data collection, but everything else is included.

All in all See.Touch.Learn. is a ready to use and fully customizable app all rolled into one beautiful package. It’s an excellent addition to your language arts bag of tricks!

See.Touch.Learn Pro – Brain Parade

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Free lite version : See.Touch.Learn. – Brain Parade

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