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Today starts Autism Awareness Month! Many apps related to autism are free today!

 Reading and Reading Readiness

  • Endless Reader
  • Endless ABCs
  • Letterland Quick Dash
  • Letterland ABC
  • Letterland Far Beyond ABC
  • Letterland Stories
  • Letterland Word Builder
  • Fix It Phonics Review
  • ABC Alphabet Phonics
  • Phonics Awareness
  • Phonics Island
  • Hooked on Phonics
  • Smiley Sight Words
  • Teach Me Toddler
  • Teach Me Kindergarten
  • Teach Me 1st Grade
  • Super Why
  • ABC Match Ups
  • Intro to Letters (by Montessorium)
  • Bob Books
  • Elmo’s ABCs
  • See Touch Learn
  • Zoo Train
  • Feed Me
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
  • Dora ABCs
  • DTT Words
  • ABC Matchups

Spelling Apps

These apps go beyond letter recognition and actually teach the child to spell words.

  • Montessori Cross Words
  • Word Magic
  • Wordball
  • PCS Word Scramble
  • A+ Spelling Test
  • Spelling City
  • Spell Mania
  • Bitsboard Spelling Bee

Vocabulary and Language Builders

  • Kindergarten dot com Flash Cards (there are many! actions, alphabet, zoo, fruits, toys, instruments)
  • Speech with Milo (sequencing, verbs, prepositions, adjectives)
  • First Words Deluxe
  • Preschool Animals
  • Story builder
  • Sentence builder
  • Language Builder
  • Question Builder
  • Zombie Grammar Force
  • Grammar App
  • SAT Grammar
  • Little Match Ups
  • PCS Language Flash Cards
  • PCS Vocabulary Flash Cards
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade
  • Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Word Builder

Speech and Articulation

  • Phono Pix Full
  • Artic Pix
  • Articulation Flip Book
  • Articulation Flash Cards (PCS)

Writing and Story Writing

  • My Story Book Maker
  • Pictello
  • iMovie
  • Rainbow Writing
  • Writing Challenge for Kids
  • Writing Prompts for Kids
  • Silly Story Starters
  • Picturebook: School Edition

AAC and Visual Planners

  • First Then Scheduler
  • Proloquo2go
  • iPrompts
  • Going Placesipad_proloquo_20110425
  • Timer
  • Alarmed
  • Tap to Talk
  • Vu Meter
  • My Choice Board
  • PCS Sign Language Flash Cards

Social Skills

  • Social Skills Play
  • Give Me 5!
  • Social Skills Pro
  • Social Skills Working with Goldstein
  • QuickCues
  • Stories2Learn
  • What are They Thinking?
  • HiddenCurriculum Kids
  • Stories2Learn
  • Conversation Builder
  • iTopics

Interactive Food Games (Thank you Maverick Software)

  • More Grillin
  • More Cookies
  • More Buffet
  • Cupcakes
  • More Pizza
  • More Salad
  • Little Match Ups Fruits

Interactive Echo Games

  • Talking Gugi
  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Babies
  • Talking Gina
  • Talking John
  • Talking Roby
  • Talking Larry
  • Talking Ben
  • Talking Pierre
  • Talking Ginger
  • Talking Tom and Ben

Interactive Books

  • Misty Island (Thomas the Train complete with puzzles, coloring, and dot to dot)
  • 5 Little Monkeys
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Me and Mom Go to the City
  • Toy Story (with reading and painting)
  • On The Farm
  • Ronki
  • Speech with Milo
  • Mickey Mouse Puzzle Book
  • Monster at the End of the Book
  • Another Monster at the End of the Book (with Elmo)

Books

  • Read me Stories (a library with one free book each day)
  • Mee Genius (a library)
  • Reading Bug
  • Food Fight
  • Christmas Tale
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Three Pigs
  • Sesame Books
  • Elmo’s Birthday

General Knowledge

  • Brain Pop
  • Weet Woo
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade

Math

  • Splash Math
  • Endless Numbers
  • Bert’s Bag
  • Intro to Math (by Montessorium)
  • Free Multiplication Tables
  • Grasshopper
  • Ace Math Flash Cards
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Analogies for Kids
  • Analogies Practice
  • Tally Tots
  • Counting Coins
  • Every Day Mathematics
  • Fish School
  • K12 money
  • Math Cards
  • Patterning
  • Sail Through Math
  • Sequencing

Puzzles

  • Children’s Wooden Puzzles
  • Wooden Puzzles (these are not all good but the good ones are great. Sadly, the developers did not advertise on their app so we can’t tell you the exact name or developer)

Strategy and Problem Solving

  • Zentonimo
  • Cogs
  • Scrabble
  • Numulus
  • Logigrid
  • Conquist2
  • TicTacToe
  • Memory Game
  • Checkers Plus
  • Sudoku
  • Dots Free
  • Spider Free
  • Understanding inferences

Scanning

  • Pictureka
  • Waldo
  • I Spy

Adaptive Skills

  • I Love Potty
  • Everyday Skills
  • Potty Time with Elmo

Motor Skills

  • Dexteria (developed by an OT and teaches fine motor skills)

Interactive Games

  • Bowling
  • Mini Cooper Liquid Assets
  • Monkey Flight (by Donut Games)
  • Sunday Lawn (by Donut Games)
  • Skee Ball
  • Flashlight
  • Spin the Coke Bottle
  • Spinning Plates
  • More Cowbell
  • Angry Birds
  • Doodle Jump
  • Cut the Rope
  • Where’s My Water
  • Rat on a Skateboard
  • Trucks (by Duck Duck Moose)
  • Sponge Bob Super Bouncy
  • Sponge Bob Diner Dash

Interactive Songs and Music

  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose developers)
  • Old MacDonald (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Kid’s Songs
  • Virtuosa Piano
  • Piano Free
  • Music Sparkles

Art Tools

  • Drawing Pad
  • Draw Free
  • Kid Paint
  • Whiteboard
  • Doodle cast
  • Doodle cast for kids

Halloween Applications

  • Carve a Pumpkin (to make the cute Jack-O-Lantern)
  • Pumpkin Lite
  • PumpknXplod
  • Pumpkin Plus
  • Skeleton (interactive and imitative)
  • Halloween Coloring Book
  • Carve It
  • Halloween Heat

Data Collection and Other Tools

  • DT Data
  • ABC Logbook
  • ABC Data Pro
  • Touch Trainer
  • Smart White Board
  • Sticky Notes for iPad
  • Timer
  • Meditation Timer

 Parent Tools

  • IEP Checklist
  • Autism Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Autism Track

 

Websites with Application Reviews

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This post continues to be one of our top posts. So, it’s befitting that we should update it in honor of April, autism awareness month. Thanks to our great staff Keith, Abby, and Sara H. for helping me with updates!

Reading and Reading Readiness
• Smiley Sight Words
• Teach Me Toddler
• Teach Me Kindergarten
• Teach Me 1st Grade
• Super Why
• ABC Match Ups
• Intro to Letters (by Montessorium)
• Bob Books
• Elmo’s ABCs

Elmo Loves ABCs

Elmo Loves ABCs• See Touch Learn

• Zoo Train
• Feed Me
• Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
• Dora ABCs
• DTT Words
• ABC Matchups
• Elmo Loves ABC’s
• Endless ABC

Spelling Apps

These apps go beyond letter recognition and actually teach the child to spell words.
• Montessori Cross Words
• Word Magic
• Wordball
• PCS Word Scramble
• Lucky Word Search

Vocabulary and Language Builders
• Kindergarten dot com Flash Cards (there are many! actions, alphabet, zoo, fruits, toys, instruments)
• Speech with Milo (sequencing, verbs, prepositions, adjectives)
• First Words Deluxe
• Preschool Animals
• Story builder
• Sentence builder
• Language Builder
• First Letters and Phonics
• Question Builder
• Zombie Grammar Force
• Grammar App
• SAT Grammar
• Little Match Ups
• PCS Language Flash Cards
• PCS Vocabulary Flash Cards
• See Touch Learn by Brain Parade

Speech and Articulation
• Phono Pix Full $19.99
• Artic Pix $29.99
• Speech Flip Book $19.99
• Articulation Flash Cards (PCS)
Writing and Story WritingiPad proloquo2go
• My Story Book Maker
• Pictello
• iMovie

AAC and Visual Planners
• Proloquo2go
• iPrompts
• I can have conversations with you
• Going Places
• Timer
• Alarmed
• Tap to Talk
• Vu Meter
• My Choice Board
• PCS Sign Language Flash Cards

Social Skills
• Quick Cues
• Stories2Learn
• What are They Thinking?
• Hidden Curriculum Kids
• Stories2Learn
• Conversation Builder
• iTopicsmore pizza

Interactive Food Games (Thank you Maverick Software)
• More Grillin
• More Cookies
• More Buffet
• Cupcakes
• More Pizza
• More Salad
• Little Match Ups Fruits
• Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Interactive Echo Games
• Talking Gugi
• Talking Tom
• Talking Babies
• Talking Gina
• Talking John
• Talking Roby
• Talking Paul
• Talking Pierre
• Talking Ginger
• Talking Penguin
• Talking Larry

Interactive BooksAnother Monster
• Misty Island (Thomas the Train complete with puzzles, coloring, and dot to dot)
• 5 Little Monkeys
• Green Eggs and Ham
• Me and Mom Go to the City
• Toy Story (with reading and painting)
• On The Farm
• Ronki
• Speech with Milo
• Mickey Mouse Puzzle Book
• Monster at the End of the Book
• Another Monster at the End of the Book (with Elmo)

Books
• Read me Stories (a library with one free book each day)
• Mee Genius (a library)
• Reading Bug
• Food Fight
• Christmas Tale
• The Ugly Duckling
• Three Pigs
• Sesame Books
• Elmo’s Birthday

General Knowledge
• Brain Pop
• Weet Woo
• See Touch Learn by Brain Parade
• Learn Shapes

Math
• Bert’s Bag
• Intro to Math (by Montessorium)sail through math
• Free Multiplication Tables
• Grasshopper
• Ace Math Flash Cards
• Pattern Recognition
• Analogies for Kids
• Analogies Practice
• Tally Tots
• Counting Coins
• Every Day Mathematics
• Fish School
• K12 money
• Math Cards
• Patterning
• Sail Through Math
• Sequencing
• Caboose Express: Patterns and Sorting
• Match it Up
• Motion Math: Wings (Multiplication)
• Sequences for Autism

Puzzles
• Children’s Wooden Puzzles
• Wooden Puzzles (these are not all good but the good ones are great. Sadly, the developers did not advertise on their app so we can’t tell you the exact name or developer)
• Wood Puzzles Vehicles
• Shapes and Puzzles by Pirate Trio
• My First Wood Puzzles
• Map Puzzles for Kids
• Kids Trucks: Puzzles
• Car Puzzles for Kids
• Car Puzzles for toddlers
• 101 Kids Puzzles
• Kids car, Trucks, & Construction Vehicles- Puzzles For Toddlers
• Sort it Out

Strategy and Problem Solving
• Zentonimo
• Cogs
• Comparative Adjectives
• Scrabble
• Numulus
• Logigrid
• Conquist2
• TicTacToe
• Memory Game
• Checkers Plus
• Sudoku
• Dots Free
• Spider Free
• Understanding inferences

Scanning
• Pictureka
• Waldo
• I Spy
Scheduling
• First Then Visual Schedule HD

Adaptive Skills
• I Love Potty
• Everyday Skills
• Potty Time with Elmo

Motor Skills
• Dexteria (developed by an OT and teaches fine motor skills)

Interactive Games
• Bowling
• Mini Cooper Liquid Assets
• Monkey Flight (by Donut Games)
• Sunday Lawn (by Donut Games)
• Skee Ball
• Flashlight
• Spin the Coke Bottle
• Spinning Plates
• More Cowbell
• What’s Different 1
• What’s Different 2
• Angry Birds (Star Wars, Rio, Seasons, Space)
• Doodle Jump
• Cut the Rope
• Where’s My Water
• Rat on a Skateboard
• Trucks (by Duck Duck Moose)
• Sponge Bob Super Bouncy
• Sponge Bob Diner Dash
• Fireworks Arcade
• Pocket Pond
• My PlayHome
• Happy Geese
• Activity Island
• Glowing Shooting Stars
• Laser Light Show
• Big or Small Lite

Interactive Songs and Music
• Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose developers)
• Old MacDonald (Duck Duck Moose)
• Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
•Itsy Bitsy Spider (Duck Duck Moose)
• Kid’s Songs
• Virtuosa Piano
• Piano Free
• Music Sparkles
• Magic Piano
• Play With Musical Animated
• Tiny Guitar
• I can Xylo
• aXylophone
• Kids Animal Piano

Art Tools
• Drawing PadDoodlecast-for-Kids-1qtl51f-150x150
• Draw Free
• Draw With Stars
• Fingerpaint
• Let’s Create
• WhiteBoard
• PaintSparkle
• Glow Draw
• Kid Paint
• Whiteboard
• Let’s Color
• Squiggles
• Coloring for Kids
• Doodle cast
• Color Piano
• Doodle cast for kids
• Magic Scratchpad

Halloween Applications
• Carve a Pumpkin (to make the cute Jack-O-Lantern)
• Pumpkin Lite
• PumpknXplod
• Pumpkin Plus
• Skeleton (interactive and imitative)
• Halloween Coloring Book
• Carve It
• Halloween Heat

Data Collection and Other Tools
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• ABC Logbook
• ABC Data Pro
• Touch Trainer
• Smart White Board
• Sticky Notes for iPad
• Timer
• Meditation Timer

Parent Tools
• IEP Checklist
• Autism Diagnosis and Treatment
• Autism Track
• Autism and PDD Reasoning and Problem Solving
• Autism and PDD Comparatives/Superlatives
• Autism and PDD Yes/No Questions

More Educational Apps
• ABA- Problem Solving-What does not Belong
• ABA- What Rhymes
• ABA Flash Cards- Animals
• ABA Flash Cards- Actions
• ABA Flash Cards- Alphabet
• ABA Flash Cards- Food
• ABA Flash Cards & Games- Emotions
• ABA Receptive By Class
• ABA Sight Words
• ABA Which Go Together
• Autism iHelp- Sorting
• Autism iHelp- Language Concepts
• Autism iHelp-Opposites
• Autism iHelp-Shapes
• Autism iHelp- Colors
• Ablah HD

Apps for Feminine Activities
• Princess Coloring Book
• Barbie I Can Be
• Disney Princess Palace Pets
• Dress-up Princess
• Disney Princess Royal Ball
• Princess Coloring Book
• Prom Salon
• Nail Salon
• Wedding Day Makeover
• Princess Salon

Need more apps? Search “Autism Apps” in the Appstore and you will be able to search more applications by category! Need reviews, check out Bridging Apps dot org.

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Logo2012 was a great year for the Applied Behavioral Strategies blog. We had almost 100,000 visitors in total. Here is a list of the most visited blog postings last year. The great news is that I wrote some of the most visited posts in 2011. I am pleased that my posts remain relevant for readers.

#5. Early Morning School Routines. Who doesn’t need help with this? Seriously, it is THE most stressful time of the day for my house.

#4 Just Say No. I can see why this one has staying power. Almost daily, I hear myself saying “Parents need to learn to say no.” You don’t even have to state a reason. Just know that your child needs to learn to accept being told no. (And despite how it may feel or sound, it will NOT be the end of the world.)

#3 Autism Awareness Apps. I really need to update this link. I will be sure to do so in time for April give aways. Keep in mind that I’m also presenting on this topic at SXSW in Austin, TX in March, 2013.

#2. Do You Use Visual Schedules? Wow. I am pleased that this topic is still a hit. If you aren’t using visual schedules, you should! In my home, we use a homework whiteboard every day and it makes our afternoons a BREEZE!

#1. Using ABA to Teach Math. I had no idea when I wrote this post that it would become so popular. The great news is that ABA may be used for a variety of skills!

I cannot thank you enough for your readership! Keep the reading, following, sharing, ideas, feedback, and questions for Ask Missy Monday coming!

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We are so excited to announce that we will be speaking at SXSW in Austin, TX in March, 2013. We will be part of the interactive conference under the Diversity and Emerging Markets topics.

Thanks go out to the Autism Society of Greater Austin (Fran Kennedy and Ann Hart) for thinking about and supporting the proposal.

We will be speaking about Apps for Autism. If any of you are app developers and would like for us to consider including your app in our presentation, please contact us for information that we will need in order to be able to do that.

We will be covering:

  • apps that support communication
  • apps that support language development
  • apps that support academic development such as reading, writing, spelling, and math
  • apps that teach and/or support social skills development
  • apps that teach and/or support fine motor development

Hope to see you there!

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It seems that about every 3 months, we need to update our application list. So here is our latest list. Please let us know if we have overlooked something that your child loves. We enjoy expanding our app list too!

Reading and Reading Readiness

  • Smiley Sight Words
  • Teach Me Toddler
  • Teach Me Kindergarten
  • Teach Me 1st Grade
  • Super Why
  • ABC Match Ups
  • Intro to Letters (by Montessorium)
  • Bob Books
  • Elmo’s ABCs
  • See Touch Learn
  • Zoo Train
  • Feed Me
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
  • Dora ABCs
  • DTT Words
  • ABC Matchups

Spelling Apps

These apps go beyond letter recognition and actually teach the child to spell words.

  • Montessori Cross Words
  • Word Magic
  • Wordball
  • PCS Word Scramble

 

Vocabulary and Language Builders

  • Kindergarten dot com Flash Cards (there are many! actions, alphabet, zoo, fruits, toys, instruments)
  • Speech with Milo (sequencing, verbs, prepositions, adjectives)
  • First Words Deluxe
  • Preschool Animals
  • Story builder
  • Sentence builder
  • Language Builder
  • Question Builder
  • Zombie Grammar Force
  • Grammar App
  • SAT Grammar
  • Little Match Ups
  • PCS Language Flash Cards
  • PCS Vocabulary Flash Cards
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade

Speech and Articulation

  • Phono Pix Full
  • Artic Pix
  • Articulation Flip Book
  • Articulation Flash Cards (PCS)

Writing and Story Writing

  • My Story Book Maker
  • Pictello
  • iMovie

 

AAC and Visual Planners

  • Proloquo2go
  • iPrompts
  • Going Places
  • Timer
  • Alarmed
  • Tap to Talk
  • Vu Meter
  • My Choice Board
  • PCS Sign Language Flash Cards

Social Skills

  • QuickCues
  • Stories2Learn
  • What are They Thinking?
  • HiddenCurriculum Kids
  • Stories2Learn
  • Conversation Builder
  • iTopics

Interactive Food Games (Thank you Maverick Software)

  • More Grillin
  • More Cookies
  • More Buffet
  • Cupcakes
  • More Pizza
  • More Salad
  • Little Match Ups Fruits

Interactive Echo Games

  • Talking Gugi
  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Babies
  • Talking Gina
  • Talking John
  • Talking Roby
  • Talking Larry

Interactive Books

  • Misty Island (Thomas the Train complete with puzzles, coloring, and dot to dot)
  • 5 Little Monkeys
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Me and Mom Go to the City
  • Toy Story (with reading and painting)
  • On The Farm
  • Ronki
  • Speech with Milo
  • Mickey Mouse Puzzle Book
  • Monster at the End of the Book
  • Another Monster at the End of the Book (with Elmo)

Books

  • Read me Stories (a library with one free book each day)
  • Mee Genius (a library)
  • Reading Bug
  • Food Fight
  • Christmas Tale
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Three Pigs
  • Sesame Books
  • Elmo’s Birthday

General Knowledge

  • Brain Pop
  • Weet Woo
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade

Math

  • Bert’s Bag
  • Intro to Math (by Montessorium)
  • Free Multiplication Tables
  • Grasshopper
  • Ace Math Flash Cards
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Analogies for Kids
  • Analogies Practice
  • Tally Tots
  • Counting Coins
  • Every Day Mathematics
  • Fish School
  • K12 money
  • Math Cards
  • Patterning
  • Sail Through Math
  • Sequencing

Puzzles

  • Children’s Wooden Puzzles
  • Wooden Puzzles (these are not all good but the good ones are great. Sadly, the developers did not advertise on their app so we can’t tell you the exact name or developer)

Strategy and Problem Solving

  • Zentonimo
  • Cogs
  • Scrabble
  • Numulus
  • Logigrid
  • Conquist2
  • TicTacToe
  • Memory Game
  • Checkers Plus
  • Sudoku
  • Dots Free
  • Spider Free
  • Understanding inferences

Scanning

  • Pictureka
  • Waldo
  • I Spy

Adaptive Skills

  • I Love Potty
  • Everyday Skills
  • Potty Time with Elmo

Motor Skills

  • Dexteria (developed by an OT and teaches fine motor skills)

Interactive Games

  • Bowling
  • Mini Cooper Liquid Assets
  • Monkey Flight (by Donut Games)
  • Sunday Lawn (by Donut Games)
  • Skee Ball
  • Flashlight
  • Spin the Coke Bottle
  • Spinning Plates
  • More Cowbell
  • Angry Birds
  • Doodle Jump
  • Cut the Rope
  • Where’s My Water
  • Rat on a Skateboard
  • Trucks (by Duck Duck Moose)
  • Sponge Bob Super Bouncy
  • Sponge Bob Diner Dash

Interactive Songs and Music

  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose developers)
  • Old MacDonald (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Kid’s Songs
  • Virtuosa Piano
  • Piano Free
  • Music Sparkles

Art Tools

  • Drawing Pad
  • Draw Free
  • Kid Paint
  • Whiteboard
  • Doodle cast
  • Doodle cast for kids

Halloween Applications

  • Carve a Pumpkin (to make the cute Jack-O-Lantern)
  • Pumpkin Lite
  • PumpknXplod
  • Pumpkin Plus
  • Skeleton (interactive and imitative)
  • Halloween Coloring Book
  • Carve It
  • Halloween Heat

Data Collection and Other Tools

  • DT Data
  • ABC Logbook
  • ABC Data Pro
  • Touch Trainer
  • Smart White Board
  • Sticky Notes for iPad
  • Timer
  • Meditation Timer

 Parent Tools

  • IEP Checklist
  • Autism Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Autism Track

 

Websites with Application Reviews

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Hi and welcome to Ask Missy Mondays where I respond to a question from readers regarding a behavioral problem. Today’s question comes from a close friend who has a child struggling with spelling. She asked,

“Missy, our child is struggling with spelling. Because spelling skills are the basis of writing skills, we feel that if we help her over the summer, she will enter school this fall in a better place.”

Spelling Starts with Letter Fluency

Well, you could not be more right with that line of thinking. Spelling is directly tied to reading. We know from a line of research that ABA strategies are successful in teaching basic skills such as spelling. In order to improve spelling skills, you first need to make sure that your child is fluent with her alphabet. Some people call this Letter Naming Fluency, others call it Letter Recognition.  To check her fluency, hand her a stack of letter flash cards in random order. Set the timer to 60 seconds and tell her to read the letters as fast as she can. Tell her you will give her a special treat if she can do X number of letters in X seconds.

Next Step: Letter Sound Fluency

After your child becomes skilled at letter naming, then it is time for her to master letter sounds. Not only does she need to know the sounds but she needs to know them quickly. This includes short and long vowels. This time, use flash cards that include short and long vowels as well as common blends (e.g., ch, sh, cl, sl). Set the timer and tell your child to go fast. Continue working on this until she can fluently name all the sounds the letters make.

Word Families

Your child should become familiar with word families and how to change words by changing the beginning sound. Take an, at, and all for starters and have her quickly change the words with various letters. Again, she needs to have the skill but she also needs to do it quickly.

Phonemic Awareness Games

Play games with your daughter to help her become fluent in phonemic awareness.

  • Ask her to name words that rhyme with target words. Have her do it quickly.
  • Ask her to think about a word and then remove the beginning letter. Ask her what the new word would be. Have her do it quickly.
  • Ask her to think of a word and then add a letter or blend at the end. Ask her what the new word would be. Have her do it quickly.

Last Step: Stretch It Out

Now that your child has mastered the sounds that words make, ask her to start spelling words. Make sure that she stretches out the entire word and remind her to remember the rules (e.g., “e at the end makes the vowel long”). Use the iPad to keep it fun. For example, open up the notepad or some other note taking application. Have her write the word and then use the speak button to read the word aloud. This will help her see her mistakes and it will help her recognize that she has left out some important letters.

And of course, she needs to do this quickly.

Spelling Apps Make Learning Fun

You should not be surprised, “there is an app for that!” Here are some of the apps that we use to support spelling and early phonics development.

  • First Words Deluxe
  • Bob’s Books
  • Teach Me Toddler
  • Teach Me Kinder
  • Teach Me First Grade
  • Montesorrum Intro to Letters
  • Dora’s ABCs
  • Dora Hops in to Phonics
  • Super Why!

And for those of you whose readers are beyond basic phonics and really need to work on spelling, try these:

  • Montessori Cross Words
  • Word Magic
  • Wordball

Good luck this summer! Don’t forget to reinforce your daughter for her hard work!

Readers, if you have any spelling apps that you would like to add, please share them in the comments. If you have a behavioral question for me email me directly at askmissy at applied behavioral strategies dot com. Thanks!

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For the past 3 years, I (Missy) have been trying to get the Bonus Kids addicted to reading like I was as a child. It is quite a difficult challenge when you have to compete against other reinforcers such as television, iPads, and DS-es.

Reinforcement Works!

I thought I had tried everything. But then, I remembered that I am a behavior analyst. Hello! As behavior analysts, we change behaviors.

In this scenario, I did not need to teach the girls to read, their teachers had already done that. I wanted them to want to read. I needed to make reading reinforcing. How do you do that? You read a darn good story and get them hooked on it. We started with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. (You can read my review here). It was a hit. Our night-time reading ritual took off!

Then, we started “Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret“. The girls begged me to read each night (instead of begging for television!). I have to admit, I found the book challenging at times. For example, I tried to ad lib over the part about Playboy but Beanie was reading over my shoulder and caught me. “That’s not what it says!” Then she wanted to know, “What is Playboy?” How is that for a bed time conversation?

We definitely had a cool moment when we came across the daily exercise and chant, “We must, we must…..” When Baby Cakes told her Nana about it, Nana finished the chant before Baby Cakes could! Baby Cakes was shocked that Nana knew The Chant! (You see, that is what is so amazing about Judy Blume. She writes timeless stories. Events in her book resonated across 3 generations of women. We were 3/4 of the way through the book when Beanie asked, “When was this book written? Margaret hasn’t talked about her iTouch or iPad.”)

As I read the final pages of the book, I got choked up when I came to the phrase, “I GOT IT!”. I looked up and Beanie was wiping away a few glistening tears. Thank you Judy Blume for helping me love books and for helping my Bonus Girls begin to love them too.

Most Reinforcing Books for Children?

So, now I need help from our readers. Please share some of the titles of the most reinforcing books for children. I need to grow our “To Read” list so that I can keep those reinforcers coming.

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