This blog is designed to document infants/toddlers with disabilities using an iPad to promote their development. I hope to show how this new technology can help children with disabilities develop their communication, play, pre-literacy, cognitive, visual/auditory and motor skills.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Father's app lets disabled son 'speak' thru iPad - Yahoo! News
Mom with Apps for new iPad owners
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Cute sound effects and kinda gross but funny and free til Saturday.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
FreeAppAlert - Free iPad apps that were paid iPad apps yesterday
Please join this facebook page to get the latest free apps and information.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
How to Multi-Task between AAC apps on the iPad
Sorry for the poor quality but since I said I would post it this weekend, here goes. Using iCommunicate, Answers Yes/No and TapSpeak together as an example of how to go between each app quickly
Friday, December 10, 2010
iPad as alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) device — mywirelessreview.com
Thursday, December 9, 2010
C demonstrates some new apps
This is C demonstrating some new downloaded apps including in order Art of Glow, Music Draw Free, Swirl City Lite, Scratch A Sketch Lite, Instruments Free, and Drums.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Using Multi-Tasking on the iPad with the AAC apps
I love using the multi tasking features with the AAC apps. There would be no way I could handle switching devices. It is sooooo easy now. Bubby is using iCommunicate, Answers:Yes/No and TapSpeak for choice making, answering questions and sequencing.
Using 3 devices from Enabling Devices to acheive the same multi tasking would cost $229.95 for the Basic Communication Builder, $105.95 for the Big Talk, and $108.95 for the Twin Talk for a total of $444.85 and that does not include the time it takes to make all the pictures and print them out and the batteries for the devices. I was able to take the pictures, upload and program the activity in less than 10 minutes.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
My Favorite Holiday Apps and Other recent Downloads
I think most of these are Free
Call Santa.... A pretend call to Santa
Jingle Bells... Ring 5 different bells
Christmas Tale...interactive Story
Santa Smash....catch a pop up Santa
Christmas Delight...Decorate a Tree and email it as a Christmas Card
TreeGram...Simplier Decorate a Tree and email it
Jingle...Story and Puzzle about a dog at Christmas
Flying Poodle...Christmas Story
Elmo Monster Maker....They have added Holiday themes
Cookie Doodle...Make Holiday Cookies
Recent Noteworthy Apps
Vocal Zoo Golden...Animal Sounds
Instruments Free....Twelve Different Instruments
Redneck Piano...Redneck themed pianos
Baby Pop...Pop Bubbles with Different Sounds/Pictures
Funny Phone...Call Different Animals
Scratch Lite...Wipe off screen to show a picture
Glow Doodle...Draw with glowing light
Music Draw Free..Draw with music
Art of Glow...Draw with Glow lights and shapes
Swirlcity Lite...Music and draw with swirling glowing lights
Animal ABC...Comical Interactive Alphabet
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Life That's Chosen Me - Karen Taylor-Good/Lisa Aschmann
A wonderful mom posted this recently and it is worth sharing.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Prayer Child Foundation
Grant organization that has purchased iPads for children with disabilities.
Grant for FREE iPads for ASD
Click on the iPad link for the application for a FREE iPad for children and adults with a diagnosised autism spectrum disorder. There are qualification criteria.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » The iPad as an Affordable Communicator: Initial Review
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Promo code for Answers Yes/No HD app
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I uses the iPad to match animal sounds
I is developmentally delayed due to Prader Willi Syndrome. He is using the iPad to match animals and animal sounds. He is also imitating some animal sounds. He loves using the iPad in an interactive manner instead of just playing alone
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Bubby talks with the animals on the iPad
Bubby is 2.5 and has special needs. He has a TBI as a result of shaken baby syndrome. He also is developmental delayed and has CVI as a result. He is working with the iPad on repeating animal sounds. He is using the app Elias Zoo which is free from iTunes
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Using the iPad to ask for his pacifier
S is almost 18 months old. He has holoprocencephaly or HPE. He is using the TapSpeak app on the iPad to ask for his pacifier. He does it over and over and enjoyed this interactive game more than any passive game he played.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
C uses iPad to answer questions
C is using the app Answers Yes No to answer questions about what he wants to play with. This is the first time we have used this app. I have now made a template to prevent the accidental swipes. C is 2 years old with cerebral palsy and seizure disorder. www.babieswithipads.blogspot.com using iPads to promote development with infants and toddlers with special needs
Monday, September 6, 2010
Template for Adam's Game
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Yes No template
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Answers Yes No
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Friday, September 3, 2010
Makenzies Miracle: Just Wait...I'll Show You!
Moms with Apps offers Free App Friday
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Duck Duck Moose apps for iPhone and iPad Review | Kids | iOS Central | Macworld
iPhone and iPad, 6 Reasons Why Children Love Them as Much as Adults | AppsMarketing Blog
More App demonstrations
Friday, August 27, 2010
B uses the iPad to communicate his wants
B is almost 2 and he has global developmental delays due to CDG 1a. He is using the TapSpeak App on the iPad to ask for the page of his favorite book to be turned
Thursday, August 26, 2010
iPad motivating toddler with special needs
This is 2 yr old Bubby who is using the iPad to try to use his left arm and hand more. He is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. He is using the apps Bubbles, I love Fireworks lite, and Baby Shapes.
B plays Sparkabilities App on the iPad
B is almost 2 and he has global developmental delays due to CDG 1a. He is using his vision and fine motor skills to find the little star that is getting increasing difficult to find on the Sparkabilities app
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Baby A and the iPad playing the Rattle app
This is A at 2.5 yrs old and he has cerebral palsy with a mild hearing loss. He is using the iPad to learn to follow directions. He is playing the app Rattle (free). He has to watch and time his hit to get the sun to move faster. He is in his stander playing games
S demonstrates variety of baby apps on the iPad
This is S and he is 1. He has holoprosencephaly. He is demonstrating several baby games on the iPad. First is the Baby Shapes app, next is Fish School, then Piano Pups, and finally Peek a Boo Wild. S has a very hard time playing with typical toys due to some tightness in his arms and hands but he does a good job understanding and playing with the iPad
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
C tries to draw with chalk/C draws with the iPad
C using Glo Draw (free) to make marks. He is able to make marks himself without demonstration and is more engaged in the activity.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Demonstrating the free app Hatch!
This free app Hatch! is great for a little more cause/effect. The egg has to be touched multiple times before it hatches to show cartoon animal. I like it for the antcipation and the repeated attempts at cause/effect.
Sparkabilities HD 1 App Demonstration
This is one of my favorite apps Sparkabilities HD 1 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sparkabilities-babies-1-hd/id379360112?mt=8 . It is very visually stimulating and as the flash cards keep going the image gets smaller and instead of just hitting the screen anywhere you have to touch the smaller image. The image also becomes more hidden in the background. My only complaint is that the movies move very quickly. The app costs $4.99. I am ready to buy II and the toddler version is in the works from my understanding. You can purchase these in full length DVD and also watch 6 minute sample clips on youtube.
Friday, August 20, 2010
App Demonstration of Look Baby
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Do I HAVE to go out and buy my 2 year old an iPad?
The Results for 15 children with a variety of dx
Increase in Motor Skills in 6 including more reaching, sitting balance, and hand use
Increase in Visual Skills in 4 including visually guided reach, visual fixation, visual field, and visual attention
Increase in Language Skills in 3 including more vocalizations and increase in signing
Increase in Auditory Skills in 2 including listening
Increase in Cognitive Skills in 4 including attention span and more cause/effect play
Increase in Social Skills in 4 including more engaging (I was most surprised in this area)
2 children were unchanged and showed limited to no interest
I also observed a decrease in social skills with 2 children wanting to perseverate while playing and limited their engagement significantly.
Friday, August 13, 2010
iHelp for Autism - Page 1 - News - San Francisco - SF Weekly
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Apps for Special Needs
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A father's necessity - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
My favorite apps so far
During the last few weeks I have been playing with this thing I do have favorite apps so far. I know this list will change as new apps come about. In no particular order:
Look Baby (free)
Sparkabilities Babies 1 HD ($4.99)
Tap Speak ($9.99)
Glow Draw (free)
Baby Shapes ($2.99)
Peek A Boo Barn ($2.99) Lite version (free)
Ilovefireworks lite (free)
Wheels on the Bus ($1.99)
Itsy Bitsy Spider ($1.99)
Fish School ($1.99)
Story Kit (free)
Lady Bug Song (free)
Little Bella I close my eyes lite (free)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
E uses beginning AAC/icomm on the iPad
This is E using the AAC app iComm. I have it programed with a single picture of her favorite toy a lady bug and beside her to the right I have her actual lady bug toy. E has CVI and this is the first time I have seen her look at a picture and then look at the object. Sorry my video did not capture the objects but you can see her look at each item and the reflection of the screen in her glasses. Her sister is helping her touch the screen but my goal was for her to fixate on a picture. iComm is probably the easiest of all the AAC apps I have tried. They have a lite version to try without audio and with audio is $7.99.
The Conversation: iPad Gives Voice to the Autistic
I will be watching this app and how it works in the future. I think the babies and toddlers I work with are not quite ready for this extensive symbol system yet and I don't have the extra $190.00 but it is something I am exploring more.
This is my favorite AAC app so far. Great for young children that are not ready for symbols yet. I typically use one of the photo editing apps to make the pictures simple and cut out distracting background clutter.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I imitates animal sounds using the iPad
I is making animal sounds when he sees the animals or imitates their sounds after he hears them.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Story of Leo and his Near Miracle
http://top-books4selfhelp.com/printer/?p=25 Click on this link to read the article with videos. Very inspiring.
My son Leo’s life was transformed when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a brand-new iPad. I’m not exaggerating. Before the iPad, Leo’s autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication. With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills. People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad. I’m impressed, too, especially when our aggressively food-obsessed boy chooses to play with his iPad rather than eat. I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room.
Irony: We hadn’t even considered getting Leo an iPad. They seemed awkward and fragile to me, with oversized touch screens that looked as vulnerable as a hermit crab’s exposed backside. I felt more comfortable with the sturdy iPod Touch we’d purchased just two weeks before winning the iPad, and which Leo seemed to enjoy well enough. But our boy has difficulty with fine motor tasks — with making his fingers do small-scale manipulations like pointing and writing — and also, as it turns out, with the tiny iPod touch screen navigation. He can use the iPod Touch, but it doesn’t compel him the way the iPad does.
After Leo spent five minutes with his iPad, I realized that any assumptions I had about it being merely a bigger or a more breakable iPod touch were idiotic. It’s a tough little device. And for Leo, the larger scale of the iPad makes everything he wants to interact with just the right size, and therefore totally accessible. He may have a hard time writing on paper or typing on a computer keyboard, but he is a world-class iPad swiper and tapper, and his excellent visual memory means he can use that swiping and tapping to navigate between apps and videos with precision.
Leo mastered the iPad interface within a day. He explores it, he rules it, he loves it. Example: He used to beg me to play the same video sequences over and over again on TVs or computers, because that was the only way he could feel in control of his videos. Now that the iPad lets him choose exactly what he wants to watch, he’s not only comfortable watching shows in their entirety, but he keeps checking the video home screen to see if I’ve downloaded new ones.
He’s attempting drawings like we’ve never seen before on his iPad, via MagnaDoodle-y apps like DrawFree. It’s so much easier for him to run his finger over the touchscreen than use a pencil, pen, or even crayon. The following drawing may seem simple, but until last week he had never drawn people as anything more than a smiley face with legs. Now we have ears, hats, arms, fingers, and toes! Serious mama bear pride.
But it’s the early learning apps that really let Leo shine, like the spelling program FirstWords. Leo loves this app because it’s fun and easy. I love it because he’s learning to spell words, and the interface makes that learning error-free. Witness how nimble he is, how engaged:
IWriteWords is another intuitively designed favorite, and includes writing as well as spelling — both challenging areas for Leo. He adores it:
Those two spelling apps may be autism-friendly, but they’re not autism-focused. The next app, Stories2Learn, is a social story maker for kids with communication difficulties who need support with excursions, routings, or transitions. Our entire family (and a friend) had a great time putting together the photos, captions, and voiceover for this social story about Leo visiting a local cafe — the process was so easy, and fast, and Leo loves the story so much I had to have his sister demo it, as Leo likes the voiceovers to repeat several times:
Leo may have communications difficulties, but he is a visual boy and a visual schedule pro. We have started using a visual schedule app called First-Then. It comes with a library of stock images, though you can add your own. It took me about 20 minutes to set up Leo’s exact morning schedule, from getting out of bed and taking off his jammies, to putting on his backpack and getting on the bus. Leo almost couldn’t believe that his beloved iPad could contain his beloved visual schedule too.
Kids with communication difficulties have a lot of choices when it comes to AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps, which let users tap symbols or icons to produce speech. Choices include MyTalk, TapToTalk, iComm, iConverse, and the robust ProloquoToGo. The most straightforward AAC app I’ve found is iCommunicate, which has a simple “list of icons” option that suits Leo well. The other AAC apps have nested/categorical interfaces that facilitate verbal requesting, but Leo is quite good at that already — what he needs is practice holding a conversation.
We maintain a list of social questions for Leo to work on; with iCommunicate, we were able to create a list of answers to those questions for him to access and tap on any time — and (bonus) he even did some of the icons’ voiceovers. [Note: I was provided with a bonus copy of iCommunicate, but that has no bearing on my opinion. The other AAC apps were more than Leo needs.]
Since Leo was not able to demonstrate the full power of his iPad with respect to AAC, I asked about a power AAC user: Robert Rummel-Hudson’s daughter Schuyler. Here’s what Robert had to say:
I would say that for the most part, the iPad has exceeded our expectations. Schuyler’s level of enthusiasm has been the most positive thing; anyone who has dealt with a child using AAC knows that the biggest impediment to implementation can often be the kid’s hesitance. It’s an unnatural way to communicate, and they sense that. The iPad feels so intuitive and, yeah, so cool that it keeps her fired up about using it.
I know that Schuyler is occasionally disappointed by some of the limitations of the iPad, particularly the lower volume level than she’s accustomed to being able to use on her Vantage in crowded places. She’s also accustomed to the MinSpeak language system on her Vantage, which is a bit more complex and robust than Proloquo2Go, and so we’re constantly trying to customize the app to give her some of the same functionality. Customizing Proloquo2Go is much easier than the Vantage, though. She’s also frustrated from time to time by Proloquo2Go’s tendency to randomly clear the speech area display while she’s putting together a statement, but she’s gotten skilled at using the “Recents” tab to quickly reconstruct whatever she was working on.
It’s also become clear that Schuyler loves how she can quickly move from the “typical” world (games, music, video, etc.) to AAC, and on a device that doesn’t identify her as having a disability.
At this point, the iPad is supplementing her Vantage. This is mostly because she’s still getting accustomed to the iPad, but also because her AAC class is built around MinSpeak. These days, she takes the Vantage to school and uses the iPad at home or when we go out. I don’t see this changing anytime soon, unless Prentke Romich licenses MinSpeak for the iPad. Then all bets are off.
Schuyler loves some of the interactive eBooks like Alice in Wonderland (the one with the crazy, motion-sensitive animations) and read-along books like How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story. She also likes some of the word games like Chicktionary and WordSearch. Although I must confess that our family’s unhealthy addiction to the game Angry Birds began when Schuyler played it on an SLP’s iPhone at a conference a few months ago. She loves playing games on it, too. Which is fine with me, since it keeps her interested and emotionally invested in the iPad as a part of her day-to-day life.
Leo likes to play games on his iPad, too. He currently prefers ShapeBuilder and TappyTunes (he’s a musical boy, after all), is intrigued by Faces iMake (ukelele!), and the Sesame Street games like Count TV (videos!) and Rosita’s Jump Count (shaking!). He is taken by Fish Frenzy (more ukelele!) and Scoops (snore), though he’s still working on technique. So while his gaming might not be that of a stereotypical nine-year-old, he’s got the attitude down — given a choice, he’d rather be geeking out in front of an interactive screen.
More about kids like Leo, and iPads and AAC iDevices:
Inspirational high school student with autism delivers commencement speech using AAC device.
iPad options and guidelines for users with visual, auditory, or other physical disabilities
Closing The Gap “highlights hardware and software products appropriate for people with special needs, and explains how this technology is being implemented in education, rehabilitation, and vocational settings around the world.”
Moms with Apps is a developer and enthusiast group. They offer a free app every Friday.
Speech Language Pathology Sharing: App Resources: Dedicated to Special Ed iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and applications
Maria Boggan, NerdNews: Apps for Autism: Communicating a Need to Fit In
Dashkara Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail: For autistic kids, iDevices are life changers
Shannon Des Roches Rosa intends to fully document her kids’ iPad addiction on her personal blog, Squidalicious.com — when she’s not playing uConnect on the family iPad, co-editing the CanISitWithYou.org project, and launching a new book/blog project: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.
Parenting Children with Special Needs
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Tags: Autism, iPad:, Near-Miracle
App Friday: iComm
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
C first time playing with an iPad
C typically does not use his hands much to play but he did today. He has global developmental delays without a diagnosis. He is visually impaired but I think he sees the camera just fine.
Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: iPossibilities for Those with Significant Special Needs and their Teams
Monday, August 2, 2010
C uses the iPad as a tool not a toy
Last week we saw C not really interested in the iPad as a toy but he loved the tea set, so this week I wanted to make the activity more challenging. Using the TapSpeak app like a Big Mac switch C had to ask for his toys. He was much happier to use it as a tool instead of a toy.
More and more people are using the iPad with kids with special needs
In the past 2 week fifteen children ages 14 months to 36 months had time during a visit to interact with the iPad. Each regular visit has an outcome chosen by the family to work on. I used the iPad with each child as another tool to help achieve the outcomes. I gave each child the same opportunity to play with a variety of toddler type apps. If the goal was reaching I used the iPad to encourage reaching, if the goal was sitting I placed the iPad in a way to encourage sitting, etc. The 15 children had a variety of diagnosis: (some children have more than one diagnosis)
Global Delay of Unknown Etiology 4
Cortical Vision Impairment 6
Cerebral Palsy 5
Hearing Loss 2
Seizure Disorder 7
Prader Willi Syndrome 1
Shaken Baby Syndrome 1
Genetic Syndrome unspecified 1
Spina Bifida 1
Environmental Issues causing delays 1
During each visit typical tools (toys) were used to engage the child in their outcomes prior to using the iPad. The children were then able to use the iPad with appropriate apps selected for them. They were allowed to play as long as they showed interest up to 40 minutes. I rounded the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
# of Children Amount of Time
5 40 min
1 30 min
6 20 min
1 15 min
2 5 min
I had worked so hard on pretty little tables with the information and it didn't show up on my cut and paste. Dang.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Stand from Staples
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J gets mad when you take his iPad away
J gets mad when we take the iPad the first time he plays. I got this reaction a few times. This child always lays down to play as you can see he tried a few times to take it to the floor but using the iPad he sat up nearly 40 minutes to play without fussing. Until of course I took it away then he went after it. The small portion of the video is only a fraction of the fit he continued to throw as I was writing my note and leaving. Sorry mom!!!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Makenzies Miracle: iPad Review
Makenzies Miracle: iPad Review
Nathan using the iPad
Found another baby using an iPad doing a random search.
Friday, July 30, 2010
C not as interested in the $499 iPad but LOVES the $3 tea set
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A picture is worth a 1000 words
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I. signs using the iPad
My video skills are for the birds so sorry. I is finding animal pictures on the iPad and signing the animals as they made the sounds. He just turned 2 and has Prader Willi Syndrome. His language is delayed and he only says a few words and uses a few signs.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Bubby plays the iPad
L is 2 years old and a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. He has difficulty using his left side and has CVI. Our goal introducing L to the iPad was to get him to use his left side more. I guess he showed us.
Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords: Making weird cool
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
S using the iPad for the first time
S using the iPad for the first time. He is the youngest child I have tried it with. It is very difficult to find toys for S due to the tightness in his arms limiting his arm and hand movement. He figures it out though and I think he is proud of himself. (S is 14 months old with holoprosencephaly) Free app Peek a Boo Barn
Monday, July 26, 2010
A loves Wheels on the Bus
Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Waterproof Case for iPad
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Saturday, July 24, 2010
HUGE list of apps for education
Friday, July 23, 2010
Carrying a lot less 'stuff'
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I wish I had a before and after video...WOW
The child pictured is about 19 months old and has spina bifida. He has no cognitive or fine motor delays so I had not planned on using the iPad with him. He has recently started crawling so during my visit he kept trying to crawl away from the material I had been working with. His mom said "You might have to bring out the big guns to keep his attention". So out came the iPad hoping maybe he would hold still long enough to play. He was happy to push a button or two. Tapping a musical instrument on the app Babysitter he moved his body to the music a few times then he was done and unimpressed. That was the exact reaction I wanted from a child that can explore the world on their own and does not need a toy like the iPad to play or communicate. I am very pleased with my first day. (All apps mentioned are free)
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Monday, July 19, 2010
It has arrived
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Super Match Madness
Puzzle Time Lite
My First Puzzles
Tap to Talk
Peek a Boo Lite
Talking Baby Flash Cards
Baby Sitter 2 Go
These are some of my favorites so far.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Windshield Car Mount for Apple iPad (Black)
I think this would work on a wheelchair tray or desk top. Does anyone have any experience with this type of mount?