Parents' Guide to

iCan Special Education Fun

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Learn routines and vocabulary with repetitive activities.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac Free to try Education
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The highlight of this app is the ability for kids to practice and learn new concepts about daily routines through sequencing. Using iCan Special Education Fun they can learn about eating at a restaurant, getting a haircut, brushing teeth, taking a bath, and toileting. The routines are presented first as a social story, and then kids have the opportunity to practice putting the steps in order on their own.

Overall, this app is best used on an iPad. Many of the activities like the jigsaw puzzle, tracing, and coloring are too difficult to do in small spaces with accuracy on a smaller screen, like an iPhone. Because kids can't change the brush tip in the coloring app, it's impossible to color within the lines. During games, positive feedback is provided immediately with a correct answer, such as "You're great" or "You're awesome" followed by an on-screen sticker. After that, a vocabulary word or a comment about the sequence is repeated. At times the praise can be distracting from the concept. It would be helpful for parents to be able to filter content within the app to target specific concepts or skills, to remove items kids have mastered, or to minimize the amount of content seen so kids don't get overwhelmed. The subscription might be steep for a single user, but for those with large families or teachers and therapists of kids with special needs who can use it with multiple clients each day, the cost might be more justified if purchased at the yearly rate.

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