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ABC Magnetic Alphabet
What: This app supports letter play.

Why: This is a great app for helping students ‘scribble’ with the alphabet and also choose from a smaller subset..

Who: I have used this with students of all ages. I have used it in schools, community settings, and homes. It’s wonderful for scribbling for students who have a hard time writing letters. I use it for partner assisted scanning for students who do not have great use of their hands.

How: This app is great for exploring or choosing letters. In explore mode, students just play around with letters. In the paid version, several backgrounds are available, and more can be purchased, such as Halloween, Christmas, etc.

Choosing Letters: For older students, I often use it as a quick way for students to select a letter to represent their choice. For example, it’s great for ‘Voting by Letter’. For example, you can offer two or three choices for snack (apple, banana, pretzel) as follows:
‘You could have an apple (pull up the letter A), a banana (pull up B), or a pretzel (pull up P). The student then points, or the partner goes through one at a time, until the student makes a choice.

For more information on Voting by Letter, see the February, 2010 Tip of the Month at www.aacintervention.com

Initial Letter Cueing: This app can also be used as a quick support for students who use Initial Letter Cueing, where they point to the first letter of each word that they say. For example, Kevin, who has significant dysarthria, uses this letter set occasionally to support his speech, when there is a communication breakdown. The letters are larger than the typical iPad keyboard, and it’s clear which one he’s selecting.

For more information on Initial Letter Cueing, see the March, 2006 Tip of the Month at www.aacintervention.com

Tip: Change all letters to the same color in the settings. Note – you have to completely close out the app and reopen it for the colors to reset. I often use yellow letters on the black background.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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Value: This app has great value for supporting scribbling, choosing by letter, and initial letter cueing.

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Free for Lite

$1.99 full with ability to change colors of letters
I have really enjoyed working with this app. The name is self explanatory :) What is unique with this app is the feature of being able to choose the word you want the other person to guess. I have tried similar apps, but with those you could not choose the word, you just had to guess the word the app generated. I have been using this with a 12 year old gal who uses an ECO14. It has been a great tool for teaching her the vocabulary in the categories on the ECO. She has loved the competition and works with this app for lengthy amounts of time.

Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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Definitely worth it!

Extra bonus: once the gal decided the word she wanted others to guess, she told them what category the word fit in. This was one more way to work on the concept of categories.

This app is similar to the Patricia Cunningham, Dorothy Hall, and Tom Heggie's "Making Words" technique. The way I have used it is to focus on word families within the seven letters available to spell with. chicktionary_1.JPG

I have been using it with various students, including augmentative communication device users. I move the word family I want to focus on to the end of the letter row. We then look for letters that could be used for the first letter to combine into a word. For example, I may drag "__an" to the end of the letter row. Then the students look for all of the possible words that could be used by adding the first letter - "man, can, tan, etc." We continue for as many word families as we can find. Some students are working at the level of identifying word families, others are just filling in the first letter. What is great about this app is that you can choose the "long play," which is untimed. You can choose how many words you want to find in order to earn a ribbon. The shortest words are three letters, then a letter keeps being added until all of the letters are used to form the 7 letter word.
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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This app is hilarious. The chickens make funny movements and "squawk" when you work with them. My students have loved this app.

The students also frequently learn new vocabulary while working with this app.
Free for the first "batch." You can keep buying more batches of puzzles for $.99 each.
Spell Better
This app has been useful for students who struggle with writing fluency.

This is a word processing app with predictable text and auto-completion functions. Once typing the initial sound(s), the student simply finds the correct word and taps on it. The app will enter the correct word including spacing. Speech functions are also available. We use this during writing instruction for the student whose writing fluency is significantly diminished by his concern over how to “spell” the words.

Additional features include word highlighting and a color coded keyboard with vowels being a different color than the consonants.
Submitted by:Cindy Brockway
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There is a Support page to help with implementing this writing support strategy. Simple directions and screenshots to make implementation easy!
There is a free version and an upgrade option.