Jamie Priddy shares:
One of the things I was most excited about when I received my iPad was finding ways to provide visual supports and active learning opportunities for my more severe elementary-aged MSD students. I read blogs and searched websites for the best FREE apps (because I’m an SLP on a budget!) and found a real winner! I have been using My Play Home Lite with my students for a few weeks and they love how “hands on” it is. It can easily be used to target many different language objectives, as well as articulation objectives. It is very interactive, and keeps the students engaged throughout therapy. The app simulates two different home environments where children spend a lot of time: the kitchen and living room. There are moveable members of a family (mom, dad, sister, brother, and baby), as well as moveable objects in each room. The scenes are similar to real life homes and you can manipulate the environment with the swipe of your finger. For example, when you touch the light switch, the lights turn off. When you touch the faucet, water turns on. I have found multiple uses for the app so far and want to share a few of the objectives that I target while using the program.
These are some of the goals that I target using this app:
1. Spatial concepts: Because all of the objects are moveable, it is perfect for teaching students to understand spatial concepts and follow directions. (Put the mom next to the baby. Put the book on the table).
2. Object function: It has been great to teach my young students object functions, as well as life and safety skills, using the kitchen scene. Objects such as stove, microwave, oven, lights can all be turned on, which can lead to discussions about what we use each of the items for.
3. Pronouns: Along with following spatial concept directions, students can also follow directions containing pronouns and use pronouns in sentence to describe the members of the family. (He is standing by the fish tank. Put the apple in her hand.)
4. Vocabulary: Household vocabulary can easily be targeted through the kitchen and living room scenarios in a very basic “Show me the ___” format or having the student name the objects in the room.
5. WH Questions: Students can answer “what, where, who” questions about the picture scenes.
6. Articulation: Having students name objects or find objects in the scenes that contain their phonemes is an easy way to target articulation objectives.
Overall, I have been very pleased with this free app and the opportunities it gives my students in therapy. I am so grateful to have the iPad to motivate my students and move them forward in their language skills.