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Janet K.

Status: Beta reviewer - Video Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Productivity - Other

iDevices she/he owns: iPad1- iPad2- iPad3

Description: I am an SLP from the Chicago area who loves using technology. I am currently employed by a large special education cooperative on the South side of Chicago. I regularly download and trial apps for my personal use with students and to recommend for others including: parents of children who have special needs, school districts who lend iOS technologies to students for home/school use and SLPs/teachers/AAC & AT professionals. Additionally, I am a regular user/contributer to many social media outlets/groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - SLP

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-23

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

Total review Karma: + 3     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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Rating  
What I liked Good app to learn vocabulary associated with mealtime. This app would be excellent for use with young children or with children who have special needs. I teach a weekly cooking lesson for children who have autism and this would be an excellent additional tool for teaching functional vocabulary, mealtime sequence, sorting and following verbal directions. My students definitely enjoyed the song that comes along with the app. The narrator is very engaging and has a very pleasing voice. The kids loved the burps! I loved how bright and cheerful the illustrations were.
Improvements The only part that was a little confusing was the Lulu and Tommy snack game. The kids did not seem to know what it did - it's not as interactive as it could be. Perhaps having the people actually eat the food rather than just having it disappear. Also I know some parents may have a problem with the fact that dessert is featured so predominantly. Perhaps filling a balanced plate (like meat, grain, vegetable) and then a dessert is allowed to be addded?
General review In general, this is a nice app for the price. I like that it's in a story format. It's bright, cheerful and engaging . It's brief enough to hold my students attention. Any longer and I think they wouldn't be as motivated to go through the entire sequence. I think it is a good learning app. It definitely focuses on the type of functional vocabulary that is beneficial for my students and would be beneficial for young children as well.

Felt Board 1.1 [text]

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Rating  
What I liked Overall, I found this to be a very useful app for me. My students enjoyed playing it. It can be used cooperatively so the format really works for my therapy style. I often use felt and magnet boards in therapy. It's a great way to work on receptive/expressive language skills, choice making, articultation, sequencing, narrative - the possibilities are endless! As a speech therapist who works between multiple buildings and homes I am often carrying in multiple bags/carts full of therapy materials. This app is so convenient for me! It literally will replace several bulky items for me.
Improvements Continue to add more choices! I would even be interested in theme based in-app purchases as I often have monthly themes for therapy. Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and popular short stories would also be nice additional themes.

It was sometimes difficult to scroll through the choices without accidentally picking one. This may be frustrating for some children.
General review Overall I found this to be a very useful app for me. My students enjoyed playing it. It can be used cooperatively in therapy. It's a great way to work on receptive/expressive language skills, choice making, articultation, sequencing, narrative - the possibilities are endless! As a speech therapist who works between multiple buildings and homes I am often carry multiple bulky items. This app could potentially could replace many.