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Kim S.

Status: Beta reviewer - Video Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPhone4S

Description: I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and Special Education Administrator. I enjoy using apps in all aspects of therapy as well as with my typical nephew and niece. I can look at a non-education specific app and see how to apply it to work on speech and language development.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - SLP

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-28

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

Total review Karma: + 5     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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What I liked This is a great app to help teach the sequencing of dinner time from shopping for ingredients through cleaning up after dinner. This is great to teach children how to prepare for a meal. In addition, this app would be great for children with special needs to learn how to sequence through mealtime and also follow directions.
Improvements A little more interactivity would be great for this app. By allowing all the items to move, it would allow children to make mistakes and then see that they chose the wrong item and need to select another item if the chosen item is returned to the original spot.
General review This is an app that has applicability for both regularly developing children and those with special needs. It teaches children how to prepare a meal from shopping for the needed ingredients all the way through cleaning up after dinner. This app also teaches following directions. It could be improved by allowing more interactivity.

Overall, a great app that I would definitely recommend.

Happi Full Throttle (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked I liked the fact that this app got the kids up and moving. It utilized the camera to make it seem like they were controlling the vehicle around whatever area we were at. The play is exploratory and active. This helped some kids to better understand cause and effect.
Improvements I would love to see a directions page with a list of what each vehicle can do in terms of the buttons. It would also be great to have a page of ideas for how to encourage imaginative plan using this app for parents to be able to utilize it better with their children.
General review This is a fun app that helps to teach children cause and effect and the use of the iPad while also having them engage in active exploration. They should not just be sitting on the couch using this app. This is a new type of app that encourages imaginative and exploratory play.

Jellybean Tunes - Learn to Read and Compose Music (version 1.2) [text]

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What I liked I liked the lessons that will teach an individual about music from the staff, to the note values to what each note is. This will assist those learning about music. The ability to play the music and record it with voices is very entertaining and motivating. Being able to create your own music is an added bonus.
Improvements I would love to see the playing feature improved. I did not feel that an individual could differentiate the length of the notes and when playing, I often had pauses because I touched the note too soon before other notes were seen. More songs are always on a wish list.
General review This is a great app for children and adults who want to learn about music and also possibly create their own music. It allows an individual to go at their own pace of learning. In addition, the recording feature is great because it allows you to record both the music and singing and play it back at a later time.

OnceUponAnApp's Twas the Night Before Halloween [text]

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What I liked I loved the take off of the classic. The animations and sounds were great. The music throughout the app and the story was great. The story was silly. I was able to use it to work on predictive skills and answering wh questions with a student with autism.
Improvements I would like the ability to turn the music off. It sometimes became distracting. If I turned the music off and then back on, it started to read the page again when I didn't necessarily want to do that - if there was a way to change it, that would be great. If additional animations could be added, that would make it even better!
General review This is a cute and highly engaging app for children. The take off of the classic story provided a familiar context for children but the Halloween part was new and exciting. The sounds and animations helped to keep the children engaged in this silly story.

Bo's Matching Game V1.0 [text]

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What I liked The pictures are engaging. I liked how when you touched a picture and/or turned over a card, it labeled the item. The fact that the number of tiles for the memory game can vary from six to twenty depending upon the age and development level of the child.
Improvements I would love for there to be directions for each activity that are stated automatically. I would like there to be some indication as to what each button does. I found it a little difficulty to find the information button to be able to pull up the directions.
General review This is a simple app that would be good for typically developing students. The fact that the app has two different types of games is a positive and the fact that you can choose three different levels of tiles for the memory game is also a positive. Overall, I would rate the app as fair. I am not sure that this is an app that I would be recommending to others,

Longlegs and the Pirate with No-Nose [text]

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What I liked This app has a great story line and lots of interactive features that are engaging to children. I like that it highlights the animals and other targeted vocabulary words. I like that it gives options for sound, language and narration. I liked that there were directions for navigation, although they were difficult to find.
Improvements I would like to see the app utilize more conventional navigation system or include better instructions for how to use the navigation. I would like to see pop-ups when the highlighted words are touched that provide the definitions of the words. The story at times was slightly difficult to follow.
General review A great story with lots to keep children interested. Easier navigation would greatly assist this app in being more user friendly. In addition, the highlighted words could provide a definition when touched which would assist in comprehension for children that might not know all the various animals and terms utilized. Overall, a great story that will keep older children engaged.