Almost all of my students (all ages and ability levels) are intrigued by the animations, sounds, and interactive features that iPad apps can deliver in the therapy room. I have several apps that I like to use with my students that have severe communication and cognitive disorders, but I thought I would tell you about two that just happen to be really cheap. I like cheap!!! The first is PeekABoo Barn. You can buy it in the app store for $1.99. It is absolutely adorable. It’s very colorful and has an attractive design. You can address cause/effect – the barn opens and closes when the screen is touched. You can even introduce some simple farm/barn/animal vocabulary. You will also love the sounds that the animals make…awesome way to teach animal sounds! (Similar apps are also available: PeekABoo Wild and PeekABoo Forrest).
The second app is Kneebouncers Volume 1 and it also is perfect for your students with more severe disabilities. Like PeekABoo Barn, it is very colorful and the look is very attractive. My little ones love it. This app also goes for $1.99 in the app store, BUT this is almost like getting 5 apps for $1.99 because of the fact that it includes 5 games! Pretty good deal! You can even purchase other volumes which also include multiple games each. It’s a great way to work on cause/effect and simple vocabulary without having to play the same game over and over again.
By the way, Kneebouncers is also a website. Each week they rotate free games. I use them for cause/effect, and you can also use some of these games to work on switch activation by plugging a USB switch into your computer. The one pictured below is from Mayer Johnson (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/switch-click/).