The Skinny: Where is the Cake? and its sequel Where is the Cake Now? are wonderful illustrated books without any words. Taking away the text can be great for some children who are nervous about reading, and prompt them to create their own narratives about the pictures. What it is: Where is the Cake? and Where is…
The Skinny: Okay, I think this is one of the simplest, yet coolest products out there! It’s very simple in the sense that your kid can wear a different message every day. But, the best part about it is it allows your child to enjoy playing with language. See some of the pictures I took just playing…
The Skinny: Code4Armour is a unique device that acts as a medical wristband. Essentially replacing your medical ID alert bracelet with a wristband that contains an RFID device. This allows any medical responder with an iPhone and an app access to all your child’s relevant medical information. I like this for some kids with challenges because if they have limited language, or neurological issues, or anything that can render their ability to communicate effectively, then this can be a perfect solution. They are currently funding on Indiegogo. I have yet to try one out to see if it passes muster, because they are still in their funding phase, but it appears to be a fabulous device and can’t wait to get my hands on one to share my experiences with you. If you have a child that elopes this would be a great device as well, because it can help your child get back home when they are lost. Go over to their site and check them out.
What it is: Code4Armour
What it’s used for: Medical information for kids with language challenges. Kids that elope frequently.
Ways to use it:
- You simply wear it on your wrist. In case of an emergency, a medical responder scans the wristband and the information is pulled up.
Where to find it: The products website is located here: Code4Armour.com
Their Indiegogo site for crowdfunding this brand-new state-of-the-art product is here.
The Source: Code4Armour. I connected with them through Twitter, and was really engaged with what this product can potentially do.
The Skinny: Word Magic is a great app that we used with my kid to help him learn his first words. At about 3 years old, we were still very concerned about his language. But, he was starting to come along. I remember the time when we had a giant matrix of words, and worked every day…
The Skinny: Pictello is a great app for story sequencing and basic language. You easily create visual stories and talking books on your iPad or iPhone. Our speech therapist recommended this years ago, and we still use it to do a simple scrapbook of any trip we go on. However, we started by simply documenting an excursion we might go on during an afternoon. Essentially, each page is a simple photo pulled from your phone, and a caption for that event. Put a half-a-dozen of these together and share them with your family! The program has a nice read-along feature that will read what you write, so your kid can practice hearing the correct language about a subject they want to know about. And, once you are finished, you can share it!
What it is: Pictello
What it’s used for: Story Sequencing and Language
Ways to use it:
- Story Sequencing:
- Start simple. Do a task around the house and take a photo for each step. i.e. feeding the dog. First photo of the dog, “Fido is hungry”; 2nd photo, “I’m feeding the dog”; 3rd photo, “Fido is eating his food”. It’s really simple, but gets the basic steps across for an activity that he or she can related directly too.
- And complexity. This piece goes on and on to wherever you want to take it. Have it cover an entire day’s worth of activities. Or the weekend trip to Disneyland or visiting the Grandparents.
- Share it with friends and family. This something your child can be proud of, make sure everyone recognizes them for it!
Where to find it: Apple App Store. Can be used on both iPhone and iPad.
The Source: Our speech therapist.