In recent years, mobile media devices have changed the way in which people interact with the world, from social connections, and entertainment to work and most importantly education.
Apps are very motivating and engaging for children. There are many that have been developed specifically to help children develop many different skills needed for academic success.
In our post, Executive Function Disorder, Are Your Kids Late Lost and Unprepared? we discussed executive functions and how it impacts on learning. There are many different apps that can be used to help children with executive functioning difficulties. In this post, we will outline a few of the best ones out there.
Apps to Help Children Develop: Emotional Control, Inhibition and Impulse Control, Stress Tolerance
Many professionals who work with children start there their sessions or classes with mindfulness and breathing techniques. Research has shown that a relaxed state aids children’s learning. There are several apps that promote relaxation through appealing visual scenes, auditory input, and guided exercises.
“Epic Zen Garden” allows users to navigate through and interact with beautiful, calming spaces. “Kaleido” is a kaleidoscope app that provides users with a calming and engaging visual and tactile activity.
Other technology can also be used to promote mindfulness among children. For example, “Cosmic Kids Yoga” features kid-friendly meditations and exercises promoting regulation and use of language about our thoughts. Check out their website www.cosmickids.com)
Apps to Help Children Develop Time Management Skills
Children who need help with planning and prioritizing, organizing materials, and self-monitoring benefit from visual strategies such as picture lists and visual schedules. The following apps help users analyze the steps and materials they need in order to fulfill tasks using interactive visual and audio tools (Sweeney & Ward, 2015):
These apps allow users to take pictures and add sketches and annotation in order to draw a plan for virtually any task, from school projects to group obstacle courses or recipes. They provide users with an engaging alternative to a whiteboard, providing endless contexts for detailed visual analyses with clients.
These apps allow users to use time-lapse photography on a smartphone camera to take and play back a “fast video” of expected actions to represent a mental dress rehearsal of a future activity or task.
This app allows users to analyze the stages of a task and set time increments.
This app offers a simpler way to set work intervals and break times.
These apps offer varying features for the teched-up assignment notebook, including the addition of photos to visually support tasks and space to train students to include executive functioning-based details, such as estimation of time needed for homework tasks.
These apps are helpful for students who need more visual displays of homework and project planning. They offer options for integrating text, images, sketches and files.
Ward S., and Sweeney, S.(2015) Apps That Help Students ‘Get It Done’. The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.APP.20052015.np