Way back in 2009, the phrase was termed: “there’s an app for that” and I can recall watching an episode of Sesame Street with Sweet B that centered around Telly Monster and his app overload.
To be perfectly honest, not a lot has changed since that time.
And if you give most kids a tablet or smartphone of some sort, they’ll likely have it figured out within a matter of minutes. Both of my daughters are like that and they more than likely will be far more tech savvy than I am.
Still, I invest quite a bit of time figuring out which apps are going to be most beneficial (and still fun) for my daughters. Yes, there is a considerable age gap but they’re also very similar in a lot of ways. Academics, for example, there’s not much separating them. So an app that could benefit Squeaker (at 2 1/2) could also benefit Sweet B (at almost 15).
Really, as the parent of an autistic child, having apps make my life easier. For example, I can find an academic based app or social skills app to carry over a concept that they’re working on at school. Sweet B doesn’t always appreciate my efforts but I’m also learning to pick and choose my battles.
Still, I do what I can to help.
One of my favorite resources to use when it comes to looking for apps, is the Amazon Underground App store. Please note that this link is for MOBILE. If you are on a laptop or desktop, use this link and follow the on-screen instructions. We do have a Kindle and several other Android based systems.
Android is my operating system of choice and will remain as such. Nothing against iOS, just that I’m an Android girl over here.
This is what the Amazon Underground App looks like:
One of the best things about Amazon Underground? The apps and games are free. That includes any in-app purchases and for those of us who like games, we know how quickly those can add up- right? But with the games and apps in Amazon Underground- it’s all free.
It may look different on your device, but this is how it looks on my Note. After opening up the app, I navigated to the Underground Store and then typed in a search.
Because this was for Sweet B, I had her help me pick out a few apps and games. She doesn’t use my Note very often, but we can also access the app on the Kindle and other devices.
Here are just a few of her top picks:
Sweet B will never outgrow Sesame Street I think. Abby is one of her favorites and I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t like Elmo.
While she can recognize her name, spelling her name is another story. She’s definitely improved a lot in the past few years and I think that with more practice (and better fine motor skills); she’ll get there.
I’m fairly certain she picked this one out for when she needs a break- and I can’t blame her in the slightest! I love coloring, too.
Letter recognition and phonics are two things that we’ve been working on for awhile. While her literacy has improved, sometimes it’s difficult to gauge because she’s non-verbal. Still, it’s something that we work on both at home and school.
Sweet B is a very visual person and we use some form of chart for her to assist with almost every aspect of life. From her daily routine at home, to her PECS at school; having these visual aids is incredibly important. I’m not sure if this particular app will suit her needs, but we’ll give it a try.
All in all, the Amazon Underground App offers so much- both for my autistic daughter and for my (typical) toddler. I’ve also found a few fun games to play and an app that will help me with Japanese. Pretty cool, huh?
What types of apps do you like?
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