Kids Vehicles 1: Interactive Fire Truck, $1.99, is a 3D interactive App by 22 learn available for iPad and iPhone. It similar to other interactive apps out there as you are able to drive the truck, put out fires, and learn about fire truck vocabulary. The one twist with this app is the augmented reality feature which allows you to virtually drive the fire truck around in your environment. This of course opens lots of doors for use in speech therapy!
This pictures show the fire rescue mini game:
The next thing you want to do is set up your environment to use with the augmented reality. In this example we were driving around and searching for the fire. It was hidden around the room. On chairs, under tables, and in lots of other silly places. (The disclaimer here obviously is to make sure you are working with a client that understands fire safety.) We then worked on his sentence structure as he is one of those kiddos that tends to leave out “the”, “is”, and “a/an” in his sentences. He had to hide the fire and then explain to me over our walkie talkies exactly where it was.
Additional activities can include:
- Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
- Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
- Targeting narrative skills by having the child tell the story about how the saved the day.
Be creative and have fun!
Please feel free to comment on any other ideas you have for using this app