SNapps, a TWA favorite for their emphasis on promoting independence with kids that have special needs, has come out with a new series of apps with the emphasis on giving kids a voice in sharing about themselves. In Me&Myself, the first of three planned in the series for self-expression, kids, and young adults are able to compile a digital scrapbook about their lives. It forays into giving kids the tools to proclaim who they are – and what a joyous treasure that is – as that is one of the first steps in becoming Independent. Of course SNapps, a group within The Center of Educational Technologies (CET), has kids with varied abilities in mind when making their apps. This new series is no different; the same thoughtfulness and quality is evident with every attention to detail. Please check out their website for more info about SNapps and their other apps. The parent’s section as in all of the SNaaps’ apps, is outstanding and delves deeper into their pedagogical rationale.
Me&Myself forays into giving kids the tools to proclaim who they are – and what a joyous treasure that is, as that is one of the first steps in becoming more Independent. Divided into sections, kids can work on their scrapbook in manageable chunks over time or as able. Adding pictures, videos or voice clips is a snap. There is access to the web, so you may want to monitor young kids when searching for a picture. Each section is loaded with prompts for kids who may have trouble initiating or for adults when helping younger children construct their album. Hint: to edit any page please make sure you are in edit mode to use the tools for the page. Included is the ability to export books to send out, and this would be a treasured gift to parents and grandparents alike. The 8 sections include sharing information on:
• Me – In this section kids practice using their name and age, giving definition and reference point to themselves as the focal point in their scrapbook.
• Me and My Family – Here, kids define their immediate circle of support as a further extension of who they are, and from where they come.
• My Home – This little section really rocks as kids need to be descriptive in beginning to look at themselves in terms of their environment. This is a way of expanding their worlds to being not only part of a family unit, but also within the realm of being in a much larger environment of a community. There is a variety of homes and stickers to personalize the home where you live.
• I Wish I Was – Kids set up dreams and aspirations.
• Things I am Good At – This section is for recognizing “cans” I can do this and I can do that.
• Things I Can Say About Myself – On a refrigerator, a familiar place to place items, and it is here where kids can express their feelings. The microphone also gives kids a chance to talk in more detail and be recorded.
• Me and My Friends – Here is a chance to include pictures of a child’s classmates or peer groups.
• Moments to Remember – Chronicles special events, places or memories.
Every bit of this app provides an opportunity to engage a child to share about themselves and their perceptions of their world. Me&Myself will be a treasure for SNapps has proven to be a leader in giving kids with special needs the guidance and the means to becoming more independent and vocal. That is why this developer continues to be on TWA’s lists of Top Picks!
Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of Sepa, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing in Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews for Teachers With Apps has been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.