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How to Transfer What You’ve Done on Proloquo2Go to Another Device Using the Dropbox App & How to Share, E-mail it!

Ok, there are several ways that you can transfer your vocabulary from one device to another, but this seems to be the easiest, for myself.  So, here’s a quick video of how I do it….Hope it helps!:)  Just click on the short video below!  AND, then the video below is how to e-mail the vocabulary to someone else, like their teacher.:)

 

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Child Proofing Proloquo2Go & Using Guided Access…Did you know you could disable parts of the screen?

Child Proof Proloquo2Go…please pass on to Proloquo2Go users!!  

Also folks wanting to use Guided Access, Part 2 is a must watch!:)

I get asked very frequently how to child proof Proloquo2Go, so I made a couple of quick videos to show you how! Please share with anyone using Proloquo2Go, so that they can keep all of their work safe!

Here’s the first one!  Just click on the videos to view them!

Here’s Part 2: Child Proofing Proloquo2Go, using Guided Access, disabling parts of the screen…anyone using apps with kids could use this one!!:)  You learn how to use Guided Access, along the way, too!

I also end the video with how to enable restrictions so that kids can’t delete apps, install apps or in app purchases.

Hope this helps!

Check out our other videos of how we are helping Abbey grow and learn with Proloquo2Go and ‘her’ review on many, many apps!:)
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This has opened up a whole new world for Abbey! Now, Pictello is even BETTER!

Ok, I’ve posted about Pictello before, how we use this app for social stories, teaching Abbey what to expect, what to do in situations.  So, we’ve got stories about Going to the Dentist, for example.

We also love Pictello because it has opened up a new world for Abbey.  She figured out that she loves to look at pics of herself and her family doing things.  So, I make stories about our trips, about new things she does and experiences, so she can look at it all again!

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Well, yes, Pictello just got even better!  Not only is it very simple to use, for myself and for Abbey…but now, YES, you can ADD VIDEOS!!  Wow, to see Abbey’s face, the first time she opened up one of her stories, clicked on a page and it was a video….priceless!  She started off with a huge grin and then was just giddy!  It adds another whole dimension!  So, now to think about ways we can use this new feature to help her learn and grow….

Here’s a pdf, Growing Beans, of one short, simple story I made using Pictello, of us planting bean seeds.  I hope to use it again next year and see what she can do without my help!  The page in the story without words, is actually a video,:)  If you have Pictello, we can share stories!  I can send you a Pictello link of a story that you can put on your Pictello, to look at and use, if you’d like.:)  Just let me know!

 

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Abbey’s Favorite Counting/Number Apps!!

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Well, for some reason teaching quantity, for Abbey, has been a huge challenge.  So, finding apps that she likes that can help with this has been a lot harder than, say, word apps, tracing apps, etc..

Watch a video of her playing with her fav ones…Click here!  Or just click on the video below, to view it!

The pics shown are from the app, Critter Doodle Math: Numbers.  There are lots of activities, but by far, Abbey’s fav activity is the tracing.  I am pretty sure it’s because you pop the bubbles as you trace the number, but then the cool part is that, as you see below, when they are finished tracing the number, bubbles come up to pop and count, for each number.  That’s a very motivating way for Abbey to learn quantity!

One of the other great activities is teaching largest to smallest, big and small.  This has also been a hard concept for Abbey and she enjoys this activity as well!

Happy Counting!!

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New, FUN Tracing App that caught Abbey’s attention….FREE Today Only!

I always get excited when a new app comes along that totally intrigues Abbey!  This one, for the iPad, called Writing Wizard, did the trick!!  It has so much to offer, things that kids love like fun interactions and things that us parents love, like amazing customization, detailed reports on how they are doing AND, it’s free today!!

It’s a really fun one..check it out!:)  Here’s a video of us playing with it!

 

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Wowee…Abbey Can Spell and We Didn’t Even Know it! Here’s How We Found Out!

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Yep, Abbey knows how to spell and we didn’t even know it!  Here’s the video of her spelling…

Sometimes it just takes a way for them to show us what they know.  That can be pretty tricky, but I think technology, in the form of apps on the iPad is going to help them show us more and more!

Yesterday, the behavior specialist working with Abbey was trying to get Abbey to do some puzzles on her own iPad.  Abbey enjoyed a couple new puzzle apps.  We were talking about how cool this app is, that the kids have to actually turn the puzzle pieces to make them fit and how well Abbey did at this, so we pulled up Word Book and Puzzle Box by Anlock (iPad only.)  Abbey played with it for a bit as we watched her, marveling at how well she could do it and then we clicked on the other option in the app, the Word Box.  As you can see by the first picture, there are two boxes, a puzzle box and a word box, kids touch which one they want to do to begin. As they successfully pass levels, they get to chose items to add to their “room.”  Abbey likes to move around the toys in her “room”, but hasn’t shown much interest yet in picking the items when offered.

Abbey began putting the letters in the boxes, but something amazing happened.  I hadn’t even realized the different levels, just like with the puzzles, making them progressively harder.  Abbey hadn’t done the third level on very many, so we asked her to do a couple that she had already done the first two levels and she put the letters in like it was nothing!  Her specialist and I just looked at each other in shock and awe!  We both laughed excitedly and praised Abbey, she CAN SPELL!  She could only do the simple words, but what a great start and what a great way for her to show us that she can spell!

So, let me explain and show you the levels that I was referring to.

  • The first picture below shows the first level.  The first level shows them where to put the letters, much like Abbey’s favorite app, First Words (there are many apps to chose and a free, lite version.)
  • The second picture below shows the second level.  It gives them a color clue of where to put the letters, but the letters are not there as in the first level.
  • The third picture shows the third level.  The third level does not give them any clues or hints, just plain spaces to put the letters.  It will not allow them to put a wrong letter in a wrong space, as in the other levels.

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Below is a picture of Abbey’s favorite word app.  It shows her the letters, she’s just matching, but what great practice!  This is from First Words:

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There are some great apps out there to help kids like Abbey learn to spell and read, another one of her favorites is Starfall Learn to Read.  Below, you’ll see that it has a lot to offer.  The kiddos pick a place to start, then can pick which word to work on.  They have a choice between spelling the word or watching a cute little video.

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One other really great spelling/reading app is Bob Books 1.  Abbey enjoys this one as well.  There is a second Bob Books 2 app that is harder, also available.  It has short, small little, easy to read stories giving the kids a chance to spell each of the main words.  These are the HD versions, there are regular versions available for a lower price and free, lite versions to try out, as well!

We also love the apps by Grasshopper apps, like Little Speller 3 Letter Words and Little Reader 3 Letter Words, as these are FULLY customizable!  You can add your own pictures and words for them to learn to spell and can chose, in settings, if you are going to allow hints or not.  In Little Reader, they match the words to the pictures.  There are free, lite versions available for these apps as well as harder versions.

Here’s to hoping you guys find ways for your kiddos to show you what they know!  It’s just like witnessing a miracle when they do!  I’m so thankful for amazing apps like these, giving Abbey to chance to show us!

FYI, I do not get compensated from any app developers, just sharing what works for Abbey.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Apps, autism, Uncategorized, Useful technology

 

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Abbey Learns to Write with These Favorite Apps!

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Abbey loves tracing and learning to write because of these apps, they make it fun!  Out of the many we have tried, these are by far, her favorites…the ones she will pull up on her own and play with over and over.  To me, that is very important, a motivation to learnHere is a video of her using all threeAbbey’s Video.

The first is Write My Name by Injini.  This app is for the iPad, only.  It gives her three choices of what to trace:  letters, words or her ‘name cards’ that I have customized for her.  For the name cards, you can use add whatever you’d like.  We chose to use the people in her family, including their pictures, names and their own voices saying their names.  So, Abbey sees our pictures, learns to write our names and hears each of our voices.  I believe this has helped her learn who we all are.  Sounds strange that we would need to teach her this, but just a few months ago, she really didn’t know our names.  If I asked her to give something to a certain family member, she didn’t have a clue.  She’s learning and enjoying learning!

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The next app is Letter School and what fun it is!  They chose letters or numbers to trace.  What is so unique about this app is that there are three levels of learning for each letter/number.  All they have to do is touch a ‘dot’ in the first level (first star) and it shows them how to make it.  The next level (second star they click on) shows the letter and they need to trace it the correct way.  Once they get these first two levels correct, it offers them a third star at the bottom to click on to try the third level.  For the third level, it briefly shows them the letter and then it disappears, only showing where to start.  They have to write the letter/number on their own.  This sounds like maybe it gets too hard, too fast, but don’t worry.  If they have trouble, it shows them arrows of which way to go and then if they still have difficulty, it shows parts of the letter for them.  This helps Abbey succeed, so she wants to keep trying.

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The third app is Elmo Loves ABC’s, (there is also a lite, free version available.)  This app is for the iPad only.  What’s funny, is I had taken this app off, as it is a fairly large app in the way of how much space it takes up.  Abbey saw a screenshot picture under her photos, a picture taken by mistake probably.  She saw this app and put my finger on it, wanting it open, so yes, we have put it back on and she loves it!  It has a fun alphabet song (which Abbey plays a bit too much, for my liking:) and then tracing and videos for each letter.  Abbey enjoys picking a letter and tracing it, then watching the video.  And, she loves Elmo, so I am sure this is a very motivating factor, as well!🙂

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Here’s some other great handwriting/tracing apps you can try with your kids:

FYI, I am not receiving any compensation, whatsoever, from any app developer, just sharing what is helping my daughter.:)

 

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Apps, fine motor skills, Useful technology

 

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Abbey can Make Rice, using Proloquo2Go on her iPad mini! Wahoo, Go Abbey, Go!

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One of Abbey’s favorite foods is rice, so we decided that this may be a good place to start with teaching her how to cook.  I can’t believe how quickly she caught on once we put the steps on her iPad mini, using Proloquo2Go, her communicating app.  She is very visual!  I made a video so you can see her in action, it’s very exciting for us!!  Click on this link to watch…Abbey’s Video Making Rice.

The picture above is a screen shot, showing how I set it up.  I am using “List View”, using the app Proloquo2Go.  In the video, you will be able to see how I have it set under her ‘foods’ folder.  Most of her app is set up using “Grid View” but there are some really great uses for the “List View,” like this.  You’d use this for anything with steps, like a schedule, getting ready in the morning, etc..uses are endless, useful for whatever you may be working on with your child!

I’m so thankful for great technology and for great apps like this that help Abbey grow and learn!  And, I’m so proud of how hard Abbey works to learn what she needs to learn, it can be so much harder for our kids with autism, or other disabilities than kids without…..Our kids are so Brave!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Apps, autism, Daily Life, Proloquo2Go

 

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FREE App Today, Help Fine Motor Skils-Chalk Walk

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Help Kids with Autism with Fine Motor Issues and with Pincer Grip!!  And it’s FREE right now! For iPad only.  Please check the price before you download and make sure it is still free, free for a limited time!
Chalk Walk
“Introduce your kids to the first app to help children to develop the pincer grip needed at school. Many children are coming into school unable to properly hold a pencil. As time spent drawing on paper or coloring with crayons is swapped for screen time, key fine motor skills remain underdeveloped. But screen time can also solve the problem and prepare kids for the pencil-and-paper tasks they encounter in school. Mrs. Judd’s Games’ new app, CHALK WALK, is designed to fill in the blank: young hands get needed exercise as they use a thumb & finger pincer grip to play this fun, innovative, teacher-designed game.”

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