What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that See.Touch.Learn. is a tool to help parents, educators, and therapists work with kids with special needs like autism. The app provides sets of picture cards with accompanying lessons as well as an easy-to-use system of organizing picture card sets. Picture cards are frequently used at home and in the classroom to help kids with developmental challenges learn new concepts and improve communication skills. The app provides 32 cards for free along with six lessons. Additional sets and customizing options are available for in-app purchase for $.99-$3.99. An unlocked "pro" version is available in the App Store for $29.99.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- moving beyond obstacles
- identifying emotions
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are engaged by See.Touch.Learn's highly intuitive and visually appealing user interface. Adding more cards (via in-app purchases) will increase engagement significantly; the starter library contains only 32 cards.
Picture cards (flash cards) and dozens of related exercises are used to teach new words and concepts to kids. The cards on this app were especially made by professionals who work with kids with special needs.
Clear signals for right and wrong answers (blue border lights up for correct, card shakes for incorrect) gently let kids know if they're on the right track. Adults can view the number of exercises correct and attempted.
What's it about?
Parents and educators choose Lessons on the menu to see a list of available lessons. The Libraries button shows users a list of all owned and available image sets. To edit an existing lesson, users copy it, and then can change the audio and text prompts, the order of cards, and more. To answer the lesson questions, kids simply touch a card. A blue border lights up around correct answers and the card shakes for incorrect. Questions can have multiple correct answers. Adults working with kids can view the number of exercises correct and attempted.
Is it any good?
This well-known teaching method translates fantastically to the iPad, with its highly intuitive and visual interface. It makes it possible for parents, teachers, and therapists to easily access and organize picture card sets and lessons in a portable, space-saving format.
Though there are only 32 cards in the starter library on SEE.TOUCH.LEARN., the in-app purchases can add hundreds of cards on subjects ranging from Dolch sight words to emotions to food. The lessons that come with each set are useful, but the audio voice is very computerized, making the interactions feel unnatural. Purchasing each card set individually can be pricey, but with a one-time purchase of $3.99, parents and educators can unlock the Custom Card Designer, which allows for unlimited card creation. The custom feature takes some work, but for parents or teachers who already spend hours creating picture cards and lessons for kids, this is a small price for a valuable tool.
Families can talk about...
If using the app for at-home learning, share your kid's exercise results with their teachers or therapist.
Create personalized picture card sets using images from home they will recognize. For example, if you are working on their morning routine, pictures of their own bedroom or backpack might make the concepts more relevant.