Because every Little Light House classroom has an iPad, our teachers are always looking for helpful and fun apps to use with LLH students. Literacy is a high priority in the classroom, so interactive book apps are a great tool for our teachers to use. Interactive book apps offer unique ways to teach important developmental skills to children with special needs.
Matthew reads “The Monster at the End of This Book” on the iPad, using a special iPad mound made especially for him to be able to read and touch.
What makes interactive books on the iPad so effective for our students with special needs? First, because many of our students do not know how to read independently, they cannot read a traditional book on their own. With an interactive iPad book that reads the story aloud, they can enjoy stories on their own without having to be read to by an adult. Giving children with special needs this independence is important for their development.
Some students have physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to turn a page. This isn’t a problem with a book on a tablet like the iPad. In the picture above, Matthew reads interactive book The Monster at the End of This Book with the help of an iPad mount. That mount brings it close to his hands so that he can read any book on the iPad independently. Because the book is on a tablet, he can turn the pages with a swipe of his hand all on his own.
Another great feature of interactive iPad books is that on every page, there is a touch-screen activity that relates to the story. These activities are so great for our students, because they teach an important developmental skill: cause/effect. For example, on some pages when you touch a word or picture, the page lights up. On other pages, you must complete a brief activity to go on to the next page. By learning about cause/ effect through a fun book, kids with special needs can then apply this essential life skill to other areas of their lives.
Interactive book apps are a great tool for teaching skills like enjoying a book independently and cause/effect to children with special needs. What are your favorite interactive book apps?
Check out some of these interactive books below:
- The Monster at the End of This Book
- The Lorax
- Toy Story 2 Read-Along
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Miss Spider’s Bedtime Story