A couple of weeks ago we got an ipad for Victoria. This was after a friend had showed us his - I could see that it would meet all I was looking for in a small lap-top for Victoria (except CD drive...). For those of you who have children with D.S. for whom you'd like to get the most useful apps, here's a list of the ones which Victoria likes best (though the first one is now 'hidden' because V. would spend all her time on it otherwise....):
Ansels Africa - two aliens (would you believe it!!) are touring africa, 'photos' can be taken and a sort of scrap-book is formed. Information about the various animals (which I think is passing her by altogether) is printed and read. Jolly music (which hasn't been so awful I feel compelled to switch it off!) happens. One of the things I've seen her do is move 'blank' animals under a machine which drops spheres of various skin-patterns - if you get them the matched up you're commended for dressing them appropriately! Well, she enjoys it......
Special Words (this has the words which Victoria has been learning - obviously developed in cohoots with the Down Syndrome Education Trust - with the option to change the word and record the sound yourself - as well as adding more words / pictures / audio files) Essentially it is a matching game - words to pictures, pictures to pictures (turning the sound off with words to words gives the highest level of challenge!) with 4 'cards' per 'page'. This cost £10 and is well worth it.
Injini childhood development package. This is brilliant. I can't praise it highly enough. The free trial version was so good that I took the plunge and paid the £35 (ish) for the full version. This is a collection of 9 (so far - though they say more will be added) games including matching, puzzle, farm (where you can 'make' the sunflowers grow, shear the sheep, wash the pigs, feed the chicks, hatch the eggs, feed the cats and toss carrots to the rabbits). Frog gives the child practice in tracking and drawing a line from the reptiles mouth to an insect - whereupon he sticks out his tongue and eats it. One of her favourites is 'find it' - a polite little angelic-type being stands patiently to the left of a drawer which opens to reveal various objects - a request is made to 'find' an object and pass it to the duly thankful angel. Another favourite and helpful game involves tracing a line - various directions and angles as well as curves - whcih then morph into aspects of jolly pictures - then the word describing the main object appears - along with a voice saying it. I'm aware we've only had it two weeks - if it's still this popular in three months (and has had a positive influence on her development) it will be super-brilliant.
Sound Touch Here's a game with lots of categories - each has illustrations which, when touched, take you to a photo with sound. The muscial instruments have been of particular interest to Victoria sending her off round the house to get her ukelele or recorder to join in with the sounds and images.
Drawing Pad - the stickers - which one can make bigger or smaller - have been more fun than the drawing . Once Victoria got over her astonishment that scribbling a purple line on a screen hadn't made the end of her finger purple (though she scrutinised it very carefully!!) she's not been tempted back.
Bobble writer - Slightly aggravating when you don't get it EXACTLY right - but the demo is good and you can see where you went wrong because the line goes from black to red.
Pairs deluxe - This pairs game gives you the option of using only a few cards - in which case, the rapturous applause offered when you've finished is more frequent (guess who figured that one out!!)
Memory Fun - all the memory opportunities of 'pairs' without the possibility of losing the cards!!
Silverline Arts Zoo and Farm - This looks interesting to me - though V stays on it for less than 5 minutes!
Tab Tales' Animal Zoo Each drawing of an animal has the name at the top - when you press it it is read, the animals do funny things (tip, move around etc) as well as making a noise (sometimes purely fictitious).
Bob Books She's spent quite a bit of time spelling three-letter words - you can set it so it only accepts the letters in the correct order (as I have!) - or not.
Interactive Alphabet (Piikea) Raw fun - but I have to get her on to it - she'd not go looking for it.
Dexteria A couple of times it has closed down on us but it gives the child a chance to put their hand on the screen and then, after calibration to fit her hand, offers 'buttons' for you to press with each of your fingers. V's not good at it - but I can see it's something she OUGHT to practice! Pinching the crabs is another aspect of this program which is very good - though I detect that with the screensaver and a few days of grotty fingers on the screen increases the reluctance of the crabs to be sent packing....
Splingo (following instructions - flexible regarding number of words and what type of words are used in the instructions given by a child with a good 'northern' accent!!)
Intro to Maths and Intro to Letters - Montessori Good solid education!
Bubbles slide your fingers over the screen to make pretty blue bubbles - then pop them with your finger.
Draw Stars take a picture of mummy and smother it in stars - or wipe them all away
Clean up taxonomy for preschoolers
We have other things which are less useful - but I could keep this blog updated with what is. From what I can see, there are THOUSANDS of apps available. Some we downloaded were useless, so have gone already.