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There’s an app for that February 26, 2010

One of the perks of being in Austin (aka “Silicon Hills”) is that we have tons of technological resources.  Sometimes those resources are  intuitive tech savvy parents.  Recently, one of our parents designed two iPhone apps that are a big hit with his daughter, who has sensory processing disorder.  Below are descriptions of each app, and he’s provided demo videos of each at the following website:

LetterTrace (free app)

LetterTrace is a program to help children learn to write who have coordination problems. You can change size of the trace such that just a touch will cause the letter to be drawn, or you need to actually trace the letter to complete it. It’s automatically detected when a character is complete, at which time the character name is heard, and the next character is drawn.

It does the alphabet or numbers from 1 to 99. It does it in both English and Spanish. You can display the letters in upper or lower case. There are two modes, letter trace mode and doodle mode. In doodle mode, you can just draw, albeit with a limited set of colors.

You can search for the app on your iPhone or click below:

fingerCount (.99 cents):
FingerCount is a game for small children to learn numbers and letters in both English and Spanish.

On the surface, fingerCount is eye and ear candy that allows your child to move characters around on the iPhone/iPod, providing visual and audio feedback which encourages extended play.

On a deeper level, fingerCount is a learning tool that teaches children their numbers while at the same time using the multi-touch iPhone interface to integrate concepts of quantity. It can also be used by anyone to learn Spanish or English by teaching numbers and the alphabet in a fun way.

In addition, fingerCount aids in hand-eye coordination and spatial relationships.

Finally, you can use flexible nature of fingerCount to create games with your child to support creativity and encourage interaction with those around them.



I love that LetterTrace has so many options so kids of all abilities can play and learn! There may not be an app for everything, but it looks like there’s an app for everyone!  Way to go!

Just another example of how creative our parents are and a great reminder to us therapists to tap into their ingenuity more often.  Are you a parent with a great idea or discovery?  It doesn’t have to be something as complex as creating an iPhone app, but we’d love to hear about therapeutic games or equipment you’ve “invented” so we can share them with other parents.  Please comment if you do!


Speech & Hearing Screening Day! January 7, 2010

Filed under: KidWorks Programs,Speech Therapy — heidibug8 @ 11:50 pm

Mark your calendars! KidWorks will be hosting a Speech & Hearing Screening for children of all ages on Saturday, January 30th, from 8am-3pm.

Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. KidWorks has embarked on a community outreach  mission, to educate the community and identify children with  speech and language disorders at an early age.  Early intervention has become an important tool in decreasing the number of children in speech therapy in the school age years.

If you or anyone you know are questioning whether or not your young child is meeting his or her speech and language developmental milestones, a screening is pertinent to your child’s future. Or, if your child is school-aged and is showing any difficulties in the following areas, a KidWorks speech-pathologist can help you decide if he or she needs help.  Here is a list of possible areas of concern:

· Following directions

· Being understood

· Answering and asking questions

· Expressing their wants and needs

· Hearing

· Frustration when communicating

· Interacting with peers

· Vocabulary

· Diet due to being a picky eater

· Eating or swallowing

· Stuttering or stammering

· School work or grades

If you are interested in a screening, call KidWorks at 444-7219 to schedule an appointment.

Screenings will take approximately15-20 minutes and cost $25 per child.

Food and drinks will be provided by Central Market.


Reading Program February 17, 2009

Filed under: KidWorks Programs,Speech Therapy — heidibug8 @ 6:48 am

We are excited to announce the start of our reading program, which targets skills such as letter recognition, phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, sight words, and comprehension.  The program is taught by the wonderful Amanda Harpst, speech therapist, and is individualized for each student’s needs and grade level.

The program consists of 8 one-on-one sessions with pre- and post- testing, as well as intensive parent training and involvement for carryover.  The next reading program is anticipated to begin in mid to late June!  Call KidWorks for more info and keep an eye out on Melly’s Messages for updates.

Think reading in English is as easy as ABC? Check out the poem below!

I take it you already know
Of touch and bough and couf and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead; it’s said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

-Anonymous, excerpted from Proust and the Squid by Maryann Wolf