Apps That Encourage AAC Use Part 3: Touch and Drag

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I love apps!  I am actually obsessed with apps!  I run my business with apps and my iPads and I love using apps in therapy. Find out more about all the apps I love on www.yourapplady.com and my Your App Lady Facebook page.

Apps are great for encouraging kids and adults to practice and use their AAC systems. While you can use almost any app to encourage AAC, these are some of the apps that I particularly like using in speech therapy for AAC use. 

There are quite a few skills that are really important to work on when using AAC.  These include motor skills and speech/language skills. There are so many apps that help with these skills but it is very hard to navigate the app market, 

Here are a few of my very favorite apps that address one of these skills, touch and drag.

TOUCH AND DRAG APPS

The next skill that I like to teach is called touch and drag.

For those of you who use a touchscreen yourself, you know this is important for many apps. It is a skill that is not quite as important for augmentative communication, it can help the child or adult use the AAC app in a more functional way.

Touch and drag is when you touch the screen and you pull the object over on the screen or pull an area over on the screen to do something else.

Children and adults with fine motor difficulties often have difficulty with touch and drag.

They struggle to get their hand on the right spot, hold down, and move that spot.

Sometimes kids and adults do not understand the concept of touch and drag because it is not something we do a lot in our real lives. It is something that has to be taught on a touchscreen.

My favorite app for touch and drag (and for many other skills)  is  Injini by NCSoft.

Injini is an app suite. It has twelve different games that allow kids 

to work on a variety of skills, including touch and drag. The puzzle portion is my favorite game in the app suite for touch and drag.

Another app I love for touch and drag is The Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose.

There are many Wheels on the Bus apps in the App Store and Google Play but I love this one by Duck Duck Moose. It offer many options for touch and drag.

For instance, when you get to “the doors on the bus go open and shut,” you touch the door and drag it open to actually open the door.

To find more tips and tricks for encouraging AAC and helping your child use technology to communicate, read my book Talking With Tech: Solutions for Children and Adults Who Are Nonverbal

https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Tech-Solutions-Nonverbal-Technology/dp/1976035937/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527563399&sr=8-2&keywords=talking+with+tech

To find more tips and tricks for encouraging AAC and helping your child use technology to communicate, read my book Talking With Tech: Solutions for Children and Adults Who Are Nonverbal

https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Tech-Solutions-Nonverbal-Technology/dp/1976035937/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527563399&sr=8-2&keywords=talking+with+tech

I would love to work with you or your school district to help your child communicate effectively! Click here for more information! 

Come back for Part Four later this week! 

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