Monday, May 9, 2011

Story Patch


App Name/Publisher: Story Patch/Haywoodsoft, LLC

Description: This app allows the user to create, edit, share and read an original story. Based on the user’s age, Story Patch allows for complete original text or a story created based upon answers to questions the user has answered. The user can choose from (800 illustrations) preloaded characters, animals/objects, scenery and/or their own photos. It even allows you to “start from scratch” to build a character or use one from the genres of characters (superheroes, sports players, people at work etc..). Building a character is truly amazing as you can not only select hair and skin color but also facial expression and what the body is doing (running etc).

Therapy Use: This app has so many therapeutic uses that it will be hard to list them all! It’s been a favorite of those with Autism as it is highly interactive and allows them to create a story through the use of the questions and then hear it read back to them using their very own name. Creating a character leads to some great discussions about facial expressions and emotions. The obvious uses of this app would be for receptive and expressive language however, it could also be used for articulation practice at the word (make an entire page of objects with speech sound), sentence (reading the story) and conversation (retelling the story in own words) levels. The possibilities are endless. An additional feature is that the story can then be emailed to the parent for continued practice or enjoyment.

Benefits/Likes: Ease of use, endless creations, many therapeutic uses, holds attention.

Cautions: At first glance, appears difficult to use.

App Summary

Skill(s) Targeted
Articulation & Phonology
Expressive & Receptive Language
Literacy
Social Skills/Pragmatics (emotions/facial expression)
Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Preschool
Kindergarten
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)
Upper Elementary (Grades 3- 6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7-9) (using own photographs)
High School (Grades 10 – 12) (using photographs)

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release
Hold and drag

Type of Device
iPad only

Cost
$.99(sale price until temperature reaches 99 in creator’s hometown in Arizona!) regularly $4.99

Would you recommend this app?
Yes

Hyperlink
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-patch/id388613157?mt=8

Reviewed by
Jennifer Hatfield, M.H.S, CCC/SLP

Review Date
April 29, 2011

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