Friday, May 6, 2011

Model Me Going Places

Model Me Going Places 2 is a FREE app focusing on providing photo slideshows of community places/trips, such as the hairdresser, mall, doctor, playground, grocery store, and restaurant.  Each slideshow is read aloud by a child's voice and shows real photos.  Most of the main steps are covered, for example at the restaurant includes: greeting the hostess, waiting for a table, sitting down, looking at the menu...etc.
This would be a useful tool for a parent, or for school situations such as recess, as they are similar to social stories and can help prepare the child/student for events, reduce stress/anxiety, and build vocabulary.
In terms of Speech/Language therapy, the app could be used for telling/retelling events. The therapist and student could have a pre-discussion of what steps might be included, listen to the story, and then the student could retell the event using proper sequence and specific vocabulary.
I have not used this app yet; however, it seems very useful. There is also an iPhone and iPod version.

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