BoomKLAKers is a fun cause and effect visual and auditory ride. It is like going to a drum circle, that you set it in motion and then get to watch and participate with in the results of your efforts. Rhythm has always been a unifying and synchronizing force, and for nonverbal kids, this may be a key factor in pairing and making that initial connection. There are 13 different BoomKLAKers awaiting to be recognized. First as an exercise in targeting and then to wait and see how they put the rhythm together. Each one is unique and a treasure to participate with in a dance or movement.
In each of the industrial scenes, each monster avails itself for targeting with a touch. After a number of sightings in varying amounts of visual fields and placements, that little BoomLAKers sets off to dance to a lively rhythm – again having you listen and locate him/her on the screen.
I would certainly recommend this app for both kids that are learning cause and effect play as well as kids who need to learn about body awareness and movement through space. Playing instruments and walking to different rhythms teaches kids how to relate to space and their place in it. For all those kids that fall off their chairs, need to touch everything as they walk by, or have no sense of body boundaries….apps like this help them set the ground of where they are in relation to others. And that in itself is calming and keeps those kids included with others. When we are out of synch, that is when we begin to space out and not pay attention.
This app was well researched and opens up learning to a lot of kids that may have been overlooked. I applaud Funky Bots LLC for exploring this venue in kid’s learning.
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 every day; so that "her kids" grow up to be healthy independent learners.