Inclusive Technology’s Big Bang Pictures was crafted for kids with visual impairments as well as for those that have special needs to work on tasks that require a visual component to focus. As with their exceptional companion app, Big Bang Patterns, this one grades focus and demands to fit the child you are working with on specific targets. The app is designed to first focus on a silhouette graphic with high contrast and little visual detail so you can learn to focus and look at a specific object. The app then transitions to pictures that are more detailed and complex.
There are three sections with a total of twenty-one graphics, and graphics are all familiar items to children, and can help facilitate recognition and language. Each graphic is paired with music to improve the chance to attend and thereby presents an opportunity to make a response. The choice of using a full silhouette, simple line art, or complex line art are at your ready to employ wherever your student is currently functioning. As a child gains mastery, you can increase the demands or detail by using the simple line art or complex line art.
Each picture is associated with a fun based animation, and again Inclusive Technology sets the example for allowing one to make adjustments in the settings rather than having a child fit into the app’s parameters. You can choose color, background color, which animations you would like, and there are also extensive switch options and support to keep both working properly together. I love how you can grade the prompts needed to engage the animations, as this increases overall success and progression by changing the demands slightly and keeps the play fresh. As you can see in the slide presentation below, varying the color can make a dramatic difference, and this adds to personalization or playing up to a child’s strengths or preferences.
As an occupational therapist, I would use this app for goals of attention, positioning, and fine and gross motor capabilities. Teachers and speech pathologists will appreciate it for its simple uncluttered interface to promote language and attention. Apps such as Big Bang Pictures and Big Bang Patterns are leading the way by facilitating early learners to become capable and confident learners. Sometimes it takes just one simple picture to help a kid make that connection between being passive and reactive to their environment to knowing that they can make a choice and impact their worlds. And that…is what keeps us going!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.