I am so happy to report that Natalie has been doing incredibly well with behavioral therapy the last 2 weeks!
I have to give a lot of the credit to an iOS app called Endless Alphabet. Natalie loves this app so much that we decided to use it in therapy as a reward for doing the tasks that are asked of her. When Natalie does not want to perform the tasks given, we remind her that there is a reward for her work by showing her the app. Natalie immediately complies. In turn, we immediately allow her to play for 2 minutes, then we move on to the next task and once finished we allow her to play again. She is now able to learn and get the most out of her therapies. At the same time she is playing an educational game!
The Endless Alphabet app was created by the same people that brought you Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, and Another Monster at the End of This Book.
I downloaded the app into my iPad after my sister-in-law told me about it and showed me a preview on her iPhone. I instantly knew that Natalie would love it and would benefit from it. In fact, even I was hooked!
Endless Alphabet is so simple to use. The app lets your children practice their alphabet while allowing them to learn new words and definitions. The letters are silly with animation. And its no wonder children and adults love it.
When you first open up the app you are greeted by a parade of silly monsters that march across the screen. Once the parade is over you are presented with a large, smiling monster character that has a large mouth containing words for each letter in the alphabet. These words are common, yet complex, like umbrella, bellow and xylophone.
Once Natalie selects a word, the word is spoken and then a horde of monsters run across the screen, destroying the word by sending the letters scrambling all over the place (Natalie really loves this part. She gasps in disbelief and holds her hands to her mouth--she does this every time and it is adorable!)
Now it is up to Natalie to put the letters in the right place by selecting each letter with her finger and dragging the letter to its position in the word. When Natalie taps a letter the letter starts to shake, and chatters away with its sound as she drags it into place.
Additionally, you may tap on the 'Word' icon in order to hear the word read aloud along with its meaning.
Once Natalie drops the letter into its rightful position in the word, the app will then say the name of that letter. When Natalie completes the letter puzzle she is rewarded with overjoyed monsters that illustrate the word in action, along with a spoken definition in terms children can understand. The combination of animation, phonetics and letter learning is engaging, fun and educational.
Endless Alphabet is Rated 4+ and currently costs $5.99 and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.