Touch & Say
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"Touch & Say" is an activity app for early development in children. "Touch & Say" provides six activities for your child to practice these basic social skills:
- Emotion recognition
- Color recognition
- Following directives
- Directed gaze (a key step in developing joint attention)
- Say the alphabet *NEW*
- Count 1-10 *NEW*
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"Touch & Say" is for developmentally young children, including most children ages 1-4, and also young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who may have delayed development in social skills.
"Touch & Say" is based on lessons learned during a pilot study with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh exploring the use of Interbots' "Popchilla" robot as a therapy tool. This pilot study took place in fall 2010 and was supported by the Sprout Fund MicroSpark program. The six activities in "Touch & Say" were used with Popchilla to attempt to stimulate social skill development in children with ASD. We have compiled these exercises into a single app designed for standalone use without a robot.
"Touch & Say" is provided as a potential tool for parents and children. Interbots make no claims or guarantees about child development outcomes from using "Touch & Say."
We are continuing to explore technology for developing children, including robotics and interactive applications. Do you have feedback or suggestions for us? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to learn more about our work with robots & ASD, please visit http://www.interbots.com/blog/autism-therapy/
What's New in Version 1.2.3
Fixed crashing bug for iOS 4.3 and below.
Used to love this app!
I got this about 4years ago with my other son and it was fun for him and helped him learn how he sounded when he made noises. Essentially it helped him learn to talk, one of my favorite apps. It's not to flashy or distracting so they might get bored and make a noise and be reingaged in sounds they are making. Unfortunately it's not working anymore and I have another child I wanted to use it with. He seems to be having a hard time with his sounds more than my other child. PLEASE fix it! I really love this app for its simplicity and effectiveness. Thanks.
Talk module doesn't do anything
Not sure what talk is supposed to do but I'm sure it's not just creepily stare at me while I do all the talking.
Kids love it, but limited educational value
I'm a speech therapist who works with kids with autism & other developmental disabilities. Here's my take on this app:
PROS: 1) This is a cute app that children (PreK - K) will love. This app elicited a laugh from a child who had been entirely silent and non-interactive for the first 30minutes I worked with him. 2) It's quick & easy to navigate between screens and the big eyes & cute animated face are a definite winner. 3) If a child waits for a few seconds on a letters page, the animated character starts to talk about things starting with the specified letter -the i for itchy talk is a favorite. 4) The colors page might be useful in teaching color names.
CONS: 1) The "talk" page does not work on mine. I'm assuming this was supposed to have the character repeat what the child says, which would have been great, especially for kids with limited speech. 2) It is too easy for kids to scroll through the pages without really hearing what is said - for kids with autism this might make it to "stimmy". It would be better if there was a 1-second delay before you can advance to the next page ...or add a settings page where the delay could be turned on/off and adjusted for up to a 5-second delay. 3) The numbers page does not actually show the numbers, it only recites them. It would be better is the number we're display ...maybe with a word balloon so the appealing face can remain. 4) As I mentioned before, the letters page has a little speech that the character gives about the letter, but it takes a few seconds before the speech begins. Only one of my students has had the patience to discover this - the rest of the kids just scroll rapidly through the alphabet. Also it'd be nice to have word ballon that shows the letter as the character says it.