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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Trusted teaching tool; setup takes time and a little money.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a whole range of concepts and improve communication skills. With customizable picture cards, kids can learn time management, speaking, vocabulary, emotional awareness, and other skills. The picture card sets available for purchase include bathroom, beverages, body parts, classroom, numbers, shapes, and more. See.Touch.Learn. helps parents, educators, and therapists create and organize accessible learning opportunities for kids with limited communication skills.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. A chalkboard-style tutorial appears on the lesson screen to guide users' choices. There's a library tab on the side of the screen that catalogs lesson topics. There's also an excellent video tutorial link under the app's Getting Started button on the main screen. Playing the lessons is as easy as following the directions to touch certain cards to answer prompts, and a blue border lights up around correct cards. If kids touch an incorrect answer, the card shakes.

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Picture card packs can be purchased as in-app purchases for $.99-$1.99, and there is an in-app purchase for custom card designing for $3.99. The PRO version is available for $29.99 and includes all sets as well as full customization options. The developer's logo is also displayed on the main menu screen.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, naming, speaking, vocabulary
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression
    Emotional Development: identifying emotions, moving beyond obstacles, self-awareness
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 20, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 10.60 MB
  • Publisher: Brain Parade
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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