Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Aeir Talk

Aeir talk lets you make custom made noun and verb flash cards that helps your child learn new vocabulary, sentence formation and of course communication. I think Aeir talk is an excellent app for a non –verbal child to start off. There is no language barrier; one can record in whatever language you choose to, and since it is all in pictures, it is very visually reinforcing. Adding and removing cards is child’s play. Developed by Joe hill, a father with children on the spectrum, it is a user friendly app. If you are looking for an affordable i-pad app in this segment, this is the one.

Another app that has caught my interest is Pinterest. One can make multiple boards. Suppose I want to teach verbs I have to look for action words/pictures and pin them on my board. A speech pathologist, has mentioned using the app Tapikeo HD in conjunction with Pinterest. I used Pinterest for my daughter for 3D geometric shapes.

This is another good app-Language therapy. Priced at $60, the cost is prohibitive. Subdivided into various sections, such as comprehension therapy, naming therapy, reading therapy, writing therapy it has a very structured format. They have a language therapy lite, that can be downloaded for free. A good app for spellings is simplex spelling. They also have a lite version.

On the fun side, some of the G5 games are good. ( Ramam enjoys anything to do with food, and cooking. These apps have go to do with assembly lines, serving customers their choice of burgers, running a supermarket, stocking up so you don’t lose customers. It lets one upgrade from the profits you make, like buying more sauce bottles, adding more shelves in an aisle. The Elfishki series of stories is also interesting.

Bringing up Isha.

Isha throws up few surprises once in a while. Two weeks back, I received a call from one of Isha’s friends’ mother. She asked me if the party is confirmed. I was a little taken back and asked her which party. She then told me Isha had invited her daughter for a sleep over party. She mentioned that Isha has also given a dress code .Sensing my ignorance; she asked me if I was aware of it. I told her, she had been planning to call her friends over. Then we mutually decided against it and agreed upon letting them play during the day on the weekend. Later I realized she has extended three invites!

Recently, she had some project work to do in EVS. We made a huge chart and she carried it to school the next day. Unfortunately, the session was cancelled. As she did want to carry the chart back and forth, she left it behind in her school. I asked her, where had she kept it in the school. Pat came the reply; I left it in the Lost and Found locker. She assured me it is very safe there. I wanted to tell her, she must be one of her kind! Sometimes she is achingly sweet.

Isha turned 7 today, 18th July. We hosted a party last Saturday for her friends. She has gone all dolled up for the day. Excited, happy, and in great spirits. We had hosted a party for her friends last Saturday. The best thing about Isha, is she is super cool . My husband was pulling her leg and asked her what is that she has achieved in the last 7 yrs, and she rattled off  a couple of things. She is equally cool about things she is not good at. She is convinced it is a matter of time and she will catch up. She is a self proclaimed artist.

Wish you a very a happy bday dear.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thought for the day

How do they do it? Ramam has had a disturbed sleep last night, has a bad knee injury, cold,...... He is going thru a bad phase of constipation. He went late to school, but despite , rather inspite of all this , he has gone smiling with a cheerful bye - bye. I wish he had been difficult this morning!!!! I love my boy.

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