Here is a really cool free augmented reality (AR) app called The Amazing Spider-Man AR available on both the App Store as well as Google Play which is bonus for Android users. I like to Appdapt apps that weren’t specifically made for speech-language therapy (if you want to see more Appdapted Apps visit Speaking of Apps a weekly blog I co-write on apps for Advance Magazine). If you are not familiar with AR apps they make use of your device’s camera and then overlay the graphics over what you are seeing. With this app you become Spider-Man which most of my clients just love (and also maybe that inner geeky slp) and you are able to web-sling webs all over anything you see with your camera. Here is an example of a messy toy room. You can have the child name objects they are web-slinging. ” Get the tunnel!” The webs are much clearer when you are playing live and they disappear quickly so it was tough to take a screen shot of them but I think you get the idea.
As a parent or clinician working with your child another use of this app could be during that dreaded clean-up time. This could help add that additional motivation to cleaning up the mess they just made. Have them “web-sling” each item before picking it up and putting it away.
Another use for this could be following directions or concept. First find the big ball and then find the little ball.
How about using some web-slinging to answer ‘wh’ questoins or to identify functions of objects? You’re creative try it out!