Monday, May 6, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - Toca Boca Birthday Party

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Toca Boca Birthday Party - (Universal, $2.99)
Reviewer Comments
Toca Birthday Party is a fun app that address pretend play and language skills.
The app begins with a choice of party themes. When the theme is chosen, the child then sets the table, chooses a gift and invites guests. The lights go out and the candles are lit. The app plays a song and the child and play partner can sing "Happy Birthday". The cake is then cut and the players can eat their cake, pour juice, pop the poppers and open the gift.
The app gives the child plenty of opportunities to communicate with the other players as well as pretend play. The adult play partner can request more juice or cake from the child encouraging receptive language by following commands and identifying objects receptively. The graphics are clear, crisp and engaging. The sound is unobtrusive and encourages more language from the players.
We have used this app with children from 2 years to 9 years with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, expressive and receptive language delay, Down syndrome, articulation disorder and pragmatic language disorder. The app is great for addressing pragmatic/social language goals, expressive labeling, sentence usage, asking and answering questions and following commands.

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