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170 Free iOS Apps for Occupational Therapists – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids

Here is a list of 170 iOS apps that are currently FREE that pediatric Occupational Therapists may find helpful to use in therapy or as carryover activities to share with families. Some of the apps could target multiple goals but I’ve tried to generally organize them in the list. Most of these apps are not just for use by OTs. I used most of these apps but for different therapeutic reasons as a SLP. And many of them can just be used for fun. I downloaded and tried out all apps before adding them to the list. All apps prices and availability were verified in the USA App Store at the time I wrote this post at 6:00pm CST on 5/13/20. You can save the PDF of this post in the iBooks app on your iPad and then tap on each link to go to that app in the App Store (it’s an 8-page PDF).  I only have access to the USA App Store so be sure to check prices before downloading in other countries.

Tips:

  1. Many of the apps have IAPs (in-app purchases) to add extra features or have unsecured links so make sure the iPad is in “airplane mode” and toggle off the ability to download IAPs in the Settings area BEFORE opening the app. Even apps with “secured links” could be hacked by some kids so it’s always wise to go ahead do these two things before using apps with kids. I typically avoid apps with ads (some can be blocked via “airplane mode” but others cannot).  It’s also wise to use Guided Access to prevent exiting the app you are using.
  2. If you like a “lite” version of an app, it is always a good idea to see if there is a full paid version of the app to purchase vs. using an IAP to upgrade within a free lite app. I’ve had enough problems with IAPs and trying to restore IAPs to avoid them as much as possible. Also most schools & public agencies have purchasing regulations that make it difficult or impossible to purchase items via IAP but can purchase a full paid app. This is the same reason that I typically avoid apps that require a subscription.
  3. If you are looking for Android apps, the quickest way to see if an app has an Android version is to copy the name of an app and then paste into the search area on the Google Play app store or Amazon app store. If the app is available it may not be free on those platforms and/or may contain ads so look closely at each app description. Also look at reviews to see how well apps function since Android versions of apps may not be updated as frequently as iOS apps.

Disclaimers: I’m an SLP not an OT. But I worked with enough fabulous OTs and COTAs over my career and connected virtually with a few others to have a general idea of the types of apps that may be helpful to them. Of course every app that I share will not be a good fit for every child so it’s up to you to determine the ones to use with your particular patients. The purpose of this list is to share free resources but I also want folks to know there are hundreds of fabulous apps that are often very affordably priced or may even be free on a particular day. Please see this blog post and follow OMazing Kids on social media: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/31/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2017-app-list-for-slps-sorted-by-goal-area/. I plan on updating that huge post soon. 

Activities of Daily Living:

  1. iDo Hygiene –Daily life skills activities, for individuals with special needs (full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ido-hygiene-daily-life-skills-activities-for-individuals/id994899641
  2. iDo Community – kids with special needs learn to act independently in the community by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ido-community-kids-special-needs-learn-to-act-independently/id931891099
  3. iDo Food – Kids with special needs learn dining skills (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ido-food-kids-special-needs-learn-dining-skills-full/id931891855
  4. iDo Chores – Daily activities and routine tasks for kids with special needs (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ido-chores-daily-activities-routine-tasks-for-kids/id931894090 (all IAPs are free)
  5. iDo Getting Dressed – Learn the Routine of wearing clothes, for individuals with special needs. (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ido-getting-dressed-learn-routine-wearing-clothes-for/id994900654
  6. Sequence it! – Create and arrange sequences, for kids with autism and other special needs by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sequence-it-create-arrange-sequences-for-kids-autism/id1054793304
  7. Sago Mini Babies Dress Up by Sago Mini, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-babies-dress-up/id1132213599
  8. WoodieHoo Dress Up: Animal Fun by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-dress-up-animal-fun/id1450403346
  9. WoodieHoo Brushing Teeth by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-brushing-teeth/id1436715435
  10. Philips Sonicare For Kids by Philips, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/philips-sonicare-for-kids/id1002285219
  11. Brush Teeth with The Wiggles by The Wiggles International Pty Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brush-teeth-with-the-wiggles/id1113805211
  12. Toothbrush Games by Ogilvy & Mather Deutschland GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toothbrush-games/id641153644
  13. TVOKids Tooth Time by TVO Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tvokids-tooth-time/id628201571
  14. 32teeth by appomart.com, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/32teeth/id1440048812
  15. Harry’s Healthy Garden by BabyFirst, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/harrys-healthy-garden/id944767396
  16. Feed Twip – Kids learn how to cook healthy food by GAMABILIS, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/feed-twip-kids-learn-how-to-cook-healthy-food/id1173483671
  17. Kid Eats by Learning Games Lab, NM State University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kid-eats/id1164545702
  18. Foodsburg by BubbleBud Kids by Dweek Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/foodsburg-by-bubblebud-kids/id1445107729
  19. Veggie Bottoms HD Healthy Eating Made Fun for Kids by Red Card Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/veggie-bottoms-hd-healthy-eating-made-fun-for-kids/id626569693
  20. Veggie Bottoms Kitchen Helper – Timer & Converter by Red Card Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/veggie-bottoms-kitchen-helper-timer-converter/id1120279485 (I liked the content enough to share it but be sure iPad is in “airplane mode” to block ads. Also has links to other apps in App Store so be sure to toggle off ability to purchase apps or IAPs)
  21. Pick Your Plate! by Smithsonian Institution, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pick-your-plate/id1471647935
  22. HEALTHY HAROLD, HEALTHY ME by Life Education Australia, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/healthy-harold-healthy-me/id983491310
  23. Bento Box Shapes by Two Bulls, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bento-box-shapes/id665768495
  24. Space Chef by The Lawrence Hall of Science, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/space-chef/id1024085303
  25. Laugh & Learn™ Puppy’s Nose by Fisher-Price, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/laugh-learn-puppys-nose/id415895632

Adapted Leisure:

  1. CanTunes by University of Victoria, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cantunes/id670015849 (adapted access to music)
  2. YouTube Kids by Google LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/youtube-kids/id936971630
  3. Just Dice by Code Redman Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/just-dice/id470876937
  4. Miney Mo by One to Zero, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/miney-mo/id1242461053
  5. Chwazi Finger Chooser by Tenda Digital, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chwazi-finger-chooser/id689674978
  6. Picture Dots by New York Hall of Science, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/picture-dots/id1225538365

Adapted Writing:

  1. SnapType by SnapType, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snaptype/id1124115982 (free lite version)

Building / Creating:

  1. Build A Truck by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/build-a-truck/id734640915
  2. Labo Train (4+) by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/labo-train-4/id914323527 (free with IAP for more content. I always just use the easiest level)
  3. Labo Brick Car (6+) by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/labo-brick-car-6/id1139669780 (free with IAP for more content)
  4. Brick Train Build Game 4 Kids by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brick-train-build-game-4-kids/id1481293079 (free with IAP for more content)
  5. Paper Plate Art Game for Kids by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/paper-plate-art-game-for-kids/id1460529275 (lite version – get the full paid version if you want all the activities)
  6. KOMA KOMA for iPad by TriggerDevice Co.,Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/koma-koma-for-ipad/id635794784 (Super easy to make stop motion videos. Fun to pair with off-iPad building activities)

Dot-to-Dot:

  1. DotToDot numbers &letters lite by Apps in My Pocket Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dottodot-numbers-letters-lite/id333210438 (lite version – get the full paid version if you want all the activities)
  2. Dot-to-Dot Adventure Lite by GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dot-to-dot-adventure-lite/id623673590 (lite version – get the full paid version if you want all the activities)
  3. Connect the Dots and Count by Whisper Arts, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/connect-the-dots-and-count/id896144409 (use in “airplane mode” to block ads, has IAPs for additional content)
  4. Dots n’ Draw by Prabhjeet Singh
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dots-n-draw/id1070460975 (can toggle off grid and toggle on dark mode for High Contrast; can move the dots to create your own dot to dot activity)

(I didn’t find any other free dot-to-dot apps that have enough useable content, are well designed, didn’t have ads and/or are still available in the App store. I’d love to add to this section if anyone knows of any. But there are several good affordably priced dot-to-dot apps in the App Store.)

Drawing & Coloring (may want to consider using a stylus or adapted stylus as the writing tool):

  1. Simple Whiteboard by Qrayon by Qrayon, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-whiteboard-by-qrayon/id1327954704
  2. Tayasui Sketches School by Tayasui. Can import own picture. Has unsecured links when exporting creation. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches-school/id1354087061
  3. Hello Crayons. Can import own picture. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hello-crayons/id440149103, iOS (has IAPs for additional features)
  4. Brushes Redux. Can import own picture. Lots of cool features for textures of painting. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brushes-redux/id932089074
  5. Autodesk SketchBook. Can import own picture. Incredible amount of features, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/autodesk-sketchbook/id883738213
  6. SketchBook Motion. Can import own picture. Has a limit of 3 scenes without a subscription. Similar to #5 but allows adding animation: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sketchbook-motion/id1061224933
  7. Scribbaloo Paint. A nice super simple kids painting app. Can take a picture of the finished creation. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scribbaloo-paint-simple-easy-to-use-painting-app-for/id959974785
  8. Coloring Games: Painting, Glow by RV AppStudios LLC. Includes fun paint, color fill, drawing, glow pen, number paint & water art (a swipe to uncover watercolor) activities. Completed art is saved to an art gallery within the app. Nice settings options to toggle off background music, select language, choose which activities you want visible as options, toggle off the “show more apps button”, etc. Has links behind parental gate. They have free printable coloring pages on their website, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/coloring-games-painting-glow/id1480696573
  9. Zen Studio meditation for kids by EDOKI ACADEMY, A unique geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus. Calming instrumentals play as you tap or swipe. Nice Parent and Teacher Guide in the app, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zen-studio-meditation-for-kids/id1051358262 (be sure to get the in-app purchase to upgrade to the full app while it is free).
  10. Crayola Color Camera by Crayola, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-color-camera/id1481094201 (turn any picture into a coloring page that can then be saved to the Camera Roll for importing into a coloring app or printed for coloring with real crayons)
  11. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets by Crayola, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-scribble-scrubbie-pets/id1475682282
  12. Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/draw-and-tell-hd/id504752087
  13. DRAWING FOR KIDS Games! Apps 2 by Bini Bambini Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drawing-for-kids-games-apps-2/id908698556 (Love how it guides you through the tracing and then your drawing is animated. Lite app with IAPs for additional content. You’ll have to be very careful to avoid accidentally tapping on the IAPs or subscription. An adult will need to get it to the screen you want and then lock it in via Guided Access. Also be sure to use in “airplane mode and toggle off the ability to purchase apps or IAPs in your iPad settings. The full paid version is only $4.99: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drawing-for-kids-learning-apps/id908695341)
  14. Drawing Educational Kids Games by Bini Bambini Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drawing-educational-kids-games/id1225122654 (Love how it guides you through the tracing and then your drawing is animated and dances. Lite app with IAPs for additional content. You’ll have to be very careful to avoid accidentally tapping on the IAPs. So be sure to use in “airplane mode and toggle off the ability to purchase apps or IAPs in your iPad settings)
  15. Happy Panda – Color by Numbers by Roman Timurson, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/happy-panda-color-by-numbers/id1467662535 (lite with IAP for additional content)
  16. Finger Paint with Sounds. Fun immediate cause/effect while painting with music. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/finger-paint-with-sounds/id586598528
  17. A new free cause-effect drawing app that plays classical music as soon as you start drawing and stops as soon as your finger is off the screen. Plain black background & rainbow colored drawing. If you don’t want it to save the drawings to your camera roll be sure to tap “no” when camera permissions pops up (or toggle off saving in the app settings (in iPad Settings area, scroll down to app name). You can also pick a different background color, etc. I played with the app for awhile and did not see any ads. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rainbowy/id1467288651
  18. Oh ! The magic drawing app. Fun creating with shapes. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/oh-the-magic-drawing-app/id977170314 (IAPs to “tip” the developer)
  19. Monster Coloring Book. Includes “tap to fill” option, stickers, paint with patterns, etc.. There are four options for classical background music and options to adjust the levels of music and sound effects in the settings area. Includes an in app art gallery to edit, save and share the creations. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monster-coloring-book/id435676573
  20. Inspirit – the art of mandala. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/inspirit-the-art-of-mandala/id1262728983
  21. Woolizoo’s Art & Craft Creator by Nick Fettke, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woolizoos-art-craft-creator/id900329038

Executive Functioning / Planning / Routines:

  1. Time In Kid by Moving Graphics, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/time-in-kid/id1283205523
  2. Little Timer Hatch Countdown by Bitscuit Games, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-timer-hatch-countdown/id1496908204 (IAP for additional features)
  3. Time Timer: iPad Edition by Time Timer LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/time-timer-ipad-edition/id434081367
  4. Time Timer by Time Timer LLC (iPhone version), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/time-timer/id332520417
  5. My Own Interactions by Hiffa Oy Ab, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-own-interactions/id1069032256, iPad only (A visual schedule app to keep track of your daily life with text, pictures, photos, video and sound, in a way that makes sense for you.)
  6. Kids ToDo List by LITALICO Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-todo-list/id1250309171
  7. myHomework Student Planner by Rodrigo Neri, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/myhomework-student-planner/id303490844 (IAPs for additional features)
  8. Google Calendar: Time Planner by Google LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-calendar-time-planner/id909319292
  9. Reminder with Voice Reminders by Sergio Licea. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/reminder-with-voice-reminders/id469454389 (IAP for additional features)
  10. Google Keep – Notes and lists by Google LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-keep-notes-and-lists/id1029207872
  11. Google Assistant by Google LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-assistant/id1220976145
  12. SuperNote Notes Recorder&Photo by FITNESS22 LTD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/supernote-notes-recorder-photo/id484001731 (IAPs for additional features)
  13. Mind Magnets Info Organizer—Visual Grid Checklists by Adams Immersive, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mind-magnets-info-organizer-visual-grid-checklists/id1000970772
  14. Popplet by Notion, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/popplet/id374151636 (full version currently free, there is a free lite version to try out when this goes back up to full price)
  15. iMindMap Kids by OpenGenius Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/imindmap-kids/id1296769948
  16. Buncee by Buncee LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/buncee/id1093956684
  17. Post-it® by 3M Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/post-it/id920127738
  18. nemonic – Sticky Notes App by MANGOSLAB Co.,Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nemonic-sticky-notes-app/id1241934178
  19. Toodledo by Pink Java Media, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toodledo/id292755387 (IAP for additional features)
  20. Focus Matrix – Task Manager by Denys Yevenko, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/focus-matrix-task-manager/id1107872631 (IAP for additional features)
  21. CanPlan by University of Victoria, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/canplan/id598687543
  22. What2Expect by University of Victoria, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/what2expect/id1234304140
  23. Notepad+: Note Taking App by Apalon Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notepad-note-taking-app/id920402079 (free lite version)

Games:

  1. Whale Trail Junior by ustwo games, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whale-trail-junior/id569862218
  2. Square-Off – An Educational Game from School Zone by School Zone Publishing, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/square-off-an-educational-game-from-school-zone/id369230474
  3. Pig Pens by James Durie, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pig-pens/id1448367077
  4. Sound Memo – game for autism by Likomp, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sound-memo-game-for-autism/id763446082

Handwriting & Tracing:

  1. LetterWorks by Alphabet Galleries, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letterworks/id735255024
  2. Handwriting Heroes by Cheryl Bregman, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/handwriting-heroes/id1057029973
  3. Writing Wizard – Handwriting by L’Escapadou, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/writing-wizard-handwriting/id1305242235 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)

Hidden Pictures:

  1. Hidden Pictures Puzzle Play by Highlights for Children, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hidden-pictures-puzzle-play/id1462177299 (Has one free hidden pictures puzzle every day. You’ll have to be very careful to avoid accidentally subscribing. I’d suggest the adult navigate to a free puzzle and then use Guided Access to block exiting that area.)

(I didn’t find any free hidden picture apps that have enough useable content, are appropriate for kids, are well designed, didn’t have ads and/or are still available in the App store. I’d love to add to this section if anyone knows of any.)

Home Activities:

  1. OT at Home by Augusta University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ot-at-home/id1194078736

Mazes:

  1. Maze Jam by Unusually Brilliant Educational Resources LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/maze-jam/id1458832763
  2. Animal Maze by Busy Things Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-maze/id1256364055
  3. Roly And The Leafy Lair by Play9 Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/roly-and-the-leafy-lair/id1478368388
  4. BeeAmazed! Full by Geo Tots, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/beeamazed-full/id1025619742 (full version currently free, there is a free lite version to try out when this goes back up to full price)
  5. Vehicle Maze – Find a route through the maze by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vehicle-maze-find-a-route-through-the-maze/id1186201607
  6. Animal Maze – Find a route through the maze by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-maze-find-a-route-through-the-maze/id1186203082
  7. Monster Maze – Find a route through the maze by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monster-maze-find-a-route-through-the-maze/id1186203975

Money & Budgeting:

  1. The Candy and the Coinbot by Applause Learning, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-candy-and-the-coinbot/id1058915119
  2. Envelope+ Kid by Robert E Carr Jr, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/envelope-kid/id949620009
  3. Mind Your Own Budget by K20 Center – University of Oklahoma, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mind-your-own-budget/id721772106
  4. Money Mammals Needs vs Wants by Lanza Entertainment Company, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/money-mammals-needs-vs-wants/id910712865
  5. Currency Challenge by Lanza Entertainment Company, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/currency-challenge/id1025252708
  6. Money Mammals Save for a Goal by Lanza Entertainment Company, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/money-mammals-save-for-a-goal/id1128245668
  7. Dollars & Cents Lite by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dollars-cents-lite/id738508003 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)

Movement:

  1. Spin-n-Move by Learning Games Lab, NM State University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spin-n-move/id1470631675
  2. Jungle Gym 1 by Learning Games Lab, NM State University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jungle-gym-1/id1245786895
  3. Jungle Gym 2 by Learning Games Lab, NM State University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jungle-gym-2/id1470677918
  4. GoNoodle Games by GoNoodle, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gonoodle-games/id1497169748

 Multiple Goals:

  1. Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-kids/id1378467217 (organized by grade level and activity type)
  2. Daniel Tiger for Parents by PBS KIDS, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daniel-tiger-for-parents/id1185651115

 Play:

  1. WoodieHoo Animal Friends World by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-animal-friends-world/id1354902296
  2. WoodieHoo Birthday Party by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-birthday-party/id1475606131

Pre-Vocational Skills:

  1. Community Success Lite by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/community-success-lite/id739174434 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)
  2. Computers at Work Lite by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/computers-at-work-lite/id833882884 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)
  3. MatchTime Lite by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/matchtime-lite/id987945960 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)
  4. Personal Success Lite by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/personal-success-lite/id985701251 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)
  5. JobPro: Get Hired! by Etcetera Edutainment, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jobpro-get-hired/id1036998640
  6. JobPro: My Life by Etcetera Edutainment, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jobpro-my-life/id1326276174

Safety: 

  1. Ready Set Dial by Little Bit Studio, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ready-set-dial/id1435714699
  2. Little Bird by AVG Technologies, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-bird/id448923255 (Internet safety)
  3. RED CROSS – Accident prevention and first aid for children by Cruz Roja Española, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/red-cross-accident-prevention-and-first-aid-for-children/id1032660603
  4. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim by Stew Leonard’s, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stewie-the-duck-learns-to-swim/id514573567
  5. Sign Bingo by Timothy McLenegan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sign-bingo/id656984122

Sensory & Calming:

  1. Magic Fluids Lite by Mad Scientist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/magic-fluids-lite/id1437514764 (lite version with IAPs for additional features)
  2. fluidity HD by nebulus design, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fluidity-hd/id399403909 (free with IAPs to add more features)
  3. Fluid 2 by Fabien Sanglard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fluid-2/id317959717
  4. Classical Music Shapes Colors by Bret Lester, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/classical-music-shapes-colors/id963541488 (IAP to add more features)
  5. Super Stretch Yoga HD by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-stretch-yoga-hd/id456108738
  6. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597
  7. Autism 5-Point Scale EP by Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/autism-5-point-scale-ep/id467303313
  8. Focus 1-2-3 by Oranda, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/focus-1-2-3/id954506517
  9. Kids Mindfulness Meditations by Wellbeyond Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-mindfulness-meditations/id1082891966 (usually has IAP for additional content but currently all free until 6/30/20)
  10. The Breathing Butterfly by Elfenworks Productions LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-breathing-butterfly/id975817441
  11. 1-Min Calm by For Jack and Jill, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/1-min-calm/id997960262
  12. Calming Bottle by eSolution, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calming-bottle/id1029767551
  13. MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada by Anxiety Canada Association, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindshift-cbt-anxiety-canada/id634684825

Visual Discrimination Skills:

  1. Maxilotto Animals by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/maxilotto-animals/id1275102102
  2. Everyday Life Lotto by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/everyday-life-lotto/id1275102326
  3. Maxilotto Food by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/maxilotto-food/id1275102313
  4. TVOKids Match-a Match-a Island by TVO Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tvokids-match-a-match-a-island/id751595890
  5. Princess Match: Learning Game Kids & Toddlers Free by wonderkind GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/princess-match-learning-game-kids-toddlers-free/id508464233
  6. PopPet Pop with Bato by OTATAA, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/poppet-pop-with-bato/id1064503211
  7. What´s missing here? by appp media UG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/what-s-missing-here/id549919603
  8. Little Finder – The Hidden Object Game for Kids by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-finder-the-hidden-object-game-for-kids/id491990709
  9. My Little Suitcase – The Memory Board Game by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-little-suitcase-the-memory-board-game/id527319993 (may not work on iOS 11.0 or later)

Visual Perceptual Skills:

  1. Fill the Matrix – Place items in the correct cells by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fill-the-matrix-place-items-in-the-correct-cells/id1135867233
  2. Mosaics – Arrange colorful pieces to form a mosaic by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mosaics-arrange-colorful-pieces-to-form-a-mosaic/id1186205878
  3. Pair By Kind – Match visually related items by STEP BY STEP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pair-by-kind-match-visually-related-items/id1135858883
  4. LudiTab Spatial Recognition by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/luditab-spatial-recognition/id1275104117
  5. LudiTab Geometric Shapes by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/luditab-geometric-shapes/id1275102336
  6. LudiTab Sizes by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/luditab-sizes/id1275104569
  7. LudiTab Numeration by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/luditab-numeration/id1275103847
  8. Large Puzzle Firefighters by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/large-puzzle-firefighters/id1275101358
  9. Large Puzzle Pirates by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/large-puzzle-pirates/id1275101758
  10. Puzzle Pop HD by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/puzzle-pop-hd/id479407696
  11. Comomola Planets Puzzle by Comomola Studios S.L., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/comomola-planets-puzzle/id1315036689 (IAP also free)
  12. Shapes Builder – Educational tangram puzzle game for preschool children by Play Toddlers (Free Version) by PlayToddlers, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/shapes-builder-educational-tangram-puzzle-game-for/id1084234490 (free lite version, has IAPs. If you want all the content, get the full paid app instead)
  13. Very Hungry Caterpillar Shapes by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/very-hungry-caterpillar-shapes/id1042298797
  14. Laugh & Learn™ Shapes & Colors by Fisher-Price, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/laugh-learn-shapes-colors/id490650819
  15. RelationShapes by Vizuvizu LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/relationshapes/id1143015542
  16. Piko’s Blocks – Spatial Lite by Creetah Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pikos-blocks-spatial-lite/id1131697579 (get full paid version if you want more content)
  17. Letter Cross Tracking by Visual learning for Life, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letter-cross-tracking/id971121786 (free with IAP for more content)
  18. Spatial Line Puzzles by Visual learning for Life, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spatial-line-puzzles/id917127352 (free with IAP for more content)
  19. Slice & Splice Lite by Roman Timurson, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/slice-splice-lite/id590307847

Looking for apps to make your own jigsaw puzzles for specific high interest areas? Here are three apps that allow you to import pics to create your own puzzles:

  1. Puzzlfy app is my favorite for making simple puzzles: Puzzlfy – Jigsaw Puzzles by Radius60 Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/puzzlfy-jigsaw-puzzles/id880679870 (may not work on iOS 11 or later).
  2. Jigsaw Puzzle Collection HD by Veraxen Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jigsaw-puzzle-collection-hd/id642831690
  3. Jigsaw Box Puzzles by Sparkle Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jigsaw-box-puzzles/id374251470

For all of three you’ll need to save pics that you want to use to create puzzles to the Camera Roll on your iPad. The downside of these apps are the ads & IAPs but you can block them by putting the iPad into “airplane mode” after you are done downloading pics & before you open the app. It can be expensive to buy the in-app purchases to remove the ads. You’ll also want to toggle off the ability to purchase IAPs as an extra safeguard in the Settings area on your iPad.

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Want to suggest a free iOS app to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page. I’m pretty picky so they need to be well designed apps and be transparent/honest about any IAPs or subscriptions. Please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out.

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Thanks,

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{New “Must Have” Resource} Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm by Whitney Stewart and Mina Braun

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Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm by Whitney Stewart and Mina Braun

Be still my heart! This is the best new kids mindfulness product that I’ve seen in a long time. The boxed card deck includes 50 creative mindfulness games, visualizations and exercises divided into 5 categories to help children feel grounded, find calm, improve focus, practice loving-kindness and relax. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both sides of the cards break down each practice into easy-to-follow steps. Tips on individual cards plus an 8-page instructional booklet show modifications that make these activities inclusive for children of all abilities.

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What I love about these cards:

* Large 5″ X 7″ sturdy cards with a protective coating. The size will be helpful in groups as well as 1-on-1 sessions and the two sided card format is easy to “grab and go”.
* Whimsical colorful illustrations depicting kids of diverse ethnic backgrounds and abilities participating in the activities. The color and style of illustrations are not childish. This makes this card set useable for a wide range of ages (says “ages 4-104” on the front of the storage box)
* The front of each card has a large illustration, activity category with color coded edge, activity title and brief description.
* The back of each card has illustrated step-by-step simple instructions. I love how simple the wording is. Some cards have additional tips or challenges.
* Many of the cards deal with a wide range of emotions…. this set is a perfect addition to any SEL (social emotional learning) program!
* A few cards address “dealing with change”…. this is often difficult for my patients with Autism, OCD and other special needs so I’m especially excited about these cards.
* There are no religious images, words or symbols. This will make this card set usable in a wide range of environments.
* The instructional booklet has simple kid-friendly explanations about mindfulness and the five categories of activities. Also includes tips for modifying activities.
* The cards come in a sturdy storage box with hinged lid covered in whimsical colorful illustrations.

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List of cards included in each category:

Start Your Day: Stay Grounded. Feel strong, focused and confident as you begin each day.
* Mindful Breaths
* Mindful Mood
* Mountain Rising
* Rooted Like a Tree
* Inhaling the Universe
* Cloud Burst
* Mindful Jungle Movement
* Reflection Pond
* Words to Yourself
* Rings of Light

Find Calm: Ride Your Waves. Learn to handle tricky or challenging emotions.
* Shake the Sillies Out
* Balanced Breathing
* Tummy Ride
* Mind Bubbles
* The Power of Blue
* Joyful Jellyfish
* Happy Hum
* Fist Squeeze
* Finding the Pause
* Peaceful Place

Focus: Strengthen Your Mind. Wake up your brain, build concentration and sharpen your sensory awareness.
* Tap and Wiggle
* Finger Fiddle
* Mind Castle
* Wise Old Owl
* Mental Snapshot
* Mind Magic
* Open Ears
* The Nose Knows
* Sharp Eyes
* Mindful Munch

Open Your Heart: Accept Life with Kindness. Feel a sense of self-acceptance and connection to the world.
* Sharing Friendship
* Everything Changes
* Sitting With It
* Name That Feeling
* Finding Feelings
* The Inner Me
* Cooking Up Connections
* Breath by Breath
* Loving-Kindness
* Heart Garden

Rest & Relax: Unwind Your Tangles. Reflect, relax and ease your busy mind.
* Animal Dance
* Swaying Trees
* Figure Eights
* Rain Shower
* Safekeeping
* Rock, Roll and Rest
* Squeeze and Release
* Floating Smiles
* I Am Thankful
* Folding Flower

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More details: https://www.barefootbooks.com/index.php?cID=81724
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See samples of the cards: http://store.barefootbooks.com/mindful-kids.html
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Get a better price on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Kids-Activities-Focus-Peace/dp/1782853278
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About the author: http://whitneystewart.com
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This card set is highly recommended as a “must have” resource for therapists, teachers, parents & kids yoga teachers! 

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Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 28 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

Frozen Snowflake themed breathing & relaxation – free printable from OMazing Kids

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I work with kids with Autism who often have great difficulty with self-regulation. This is one of the main things that caused me to be drawn to kids yoga & other relaxation techniques to help them. It was heartbreaking to witness one of my six year old patients have a total meltdown last week. She often has these episodes of total disregulation the day after an evening field trip or event. Like many girls her age she is highly interested in the movie Frozen. So I made the following visual supports to help teach her breathing and relaxation techniques that should help with self-regulation.

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I’m sharing it here as a free printable so others can benefit from it as well:

Free 1-page PDF:

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Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

 

 

 

{Free Printable & Lesson Plan} Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks

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Have you seen the new line of Ladybug Girl board books? Board books are a great option when doing 1-on-1 activities. The sturdy pages and shortened text lend themselves well to repeated use with kids with special needs. I love this newest book in the Ladybug Girl series! It has a great message of gratitude and is filled with lots of opportunities for kids yoga: ladybug, dog, bumblebee breath, grasshopper (for Grasshopper Girl), crescent moon, standing star, tree, book (easy pose and open/close legs like turning pages in a book, pumpkin (child pose with hands at head for stem), pie making sequence (see details below) & ending with the Gratitude Relaxation guided relaxation and activities from the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck. I also include coloring as part of relaxation.

Get the free printable coloring page that I made for the yoga poses in this book:

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Pie making kids yoga sequence: 

  • roll out the pie dough (lay on belly & kids choose if they want their arms, legs or back rolled out with a pool noodle “rolling pin” or a real rolling pin – be mindful of kid’s sensory needs and always ask their permission before touching. Some kids may prefer to roll out their own arms or legs with the pool noodle)
  • easy pose legs as bowl, put in pumpkin, eggs, spices, etc., mix (stir the pot & do “washing machine” for mixer)
  • pie pose (seated angle)
  • tick-tock-toes timer (point-flex feet while saying “tick tock” as the pie “cooks” on your oven)
  • smell & “mmm” breath

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Fun idea:

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See this post for more ideas for teaching kids about gratitude and thankfulness. Includes lesson plans for several books, crafts, Gratitude Relaxation card and a music playlist:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/16/thanksgiving-thankfulness-giving-and-gratitude-lesson-plan-ideas/

And this album:

An album of Fall mandalas & coloring pages:

 

Also check out this fun new song:

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{App Review} Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi

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{App Review} Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi

This lovely new superhero-themed kids yoga & mindfulness iPad app helps children wind down and let go of all the “stuff’ from their day. Activities are short (each less than 10 minutes) so it’s easy to squeeze into a bedtime routine or to use as a calming break during the day and is nice for kids with shorter attention spans.

Features:

– 3 yoga sequences with detailed guidance to help encourage safe alignment
– 5 guided relaxation journeys
– 2 calming breathing techniques
– A Superhero Scoreboard to track minutes and days of practice
– Superpower badges to reward regular practice and inspire discussion around qualities like empathy and resilience, developing emotional literacy

This app is a bargain at $2.99 (current price in the USA App Store, prices may vary in other countries based on the exchange rate).

My only suggestions for a future app update would be to find a way to compress or reduce the app size. It’s currently a large app (1.16 GB). It would also be nice for it to eventually be a universal iOS app so parents could use it on an iPhone as well as an iPad.

App Store link: https://appsto.re/us/SGcGdb.i

Website: http://cheekyyogi.com
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App preview video:


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Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

OMazing Kids October Theme: Friendly Monsters, Scarecrows & Pumpkins

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OMazing Kids October Theme: Friendly Monsters, Scarecrows & Pumpkins

So it was time to swap out my book basket and seasonal apps folder at work. Put away the leaves, apples and other early fall-themed items and got out my collection of friendly monsters, scarecrows & pumpkins. I don’t personally use “Halloween” themed things since many of my patients have a difficult time distinguishing between imaginary vs. real. I stick with general fall themes with pumpkins, scarecrows and fluffy, friendly or not too scary monsters.

Here are some of my faves:

Books:

* Autumn Orange
* Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin (great for targeting core vocabulary: look, find, no, in, under, up, on)
* Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings (great high contrast book, feelings, colors, verbs)
* Go Away, Big Green Monster (great high contrast book, adjectives, colors, body parts & core vocabulary “go” for the repeated line “go away”)
* Hide-and-Seek Monsters (lots of great prepositions in this mini book)
* I See A Monster: A Touch & Feel Book (lots of prepositions, also target core vocabulary: I, you, see, where)
* I See a Monster Touch and Feel Book (several prepositions & adjectives)
* I See Fall
* If You’re a Monster And You Know It (great high contrast book, fun for motor imitation, free song: http://www.scholastic.com/media/audio/books/monstermixmerge.mp3)
* It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (use to teach basic emotions)
* Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma (great message of being yourself)
* Monstergarten (great message about being yourself)
* Nighty Night, Little Green Monster (great high contrast book, cute to go along with Go Away Big Green Monster)
* One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme
* Otis and the Scarecrow
* Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin (lots of great adjectives)
* Splat The Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan
* The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (fun for motor imitation & for kids yoga)
* The Monsters’ Monster (great message of friendship)
* There Was An Old Monster (one of my all time faves to use in kids yoga… love the free song: http://www.scholastic.com/media/audio/books/therewasanoldmonster3.mp3, yoga poses for book:

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Apps (all verified as being available in the USA App Store at the time of this post):

* 123 Kids Fun AUTUMN DESIGNER Full by RosMedia, https://appsto.re/us/Nh7N3.i
* 123 Kids Fun AUTUMN PUZZLE – Educational Arts and Crafts Puzzle Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers by RosMedia, https://appsto.re/us/xxWr4.i
* AAB – Amazing Autumn Builder by Ondrej Mikula, https://appsto.re/us/CPXaR.i
* Autumn Orange by Capstone, https://appsto.re/us/gKAQ1.i
* Axe’s Monster Fest by Blue Sandpiper Imprints LLC, https://appsto.re/us/xekdO.i
* Build a Scare HD by Brett Latimer, https://appsto.re/us/86uYH.i
* Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine by Resolute Digital, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/_rBIx.i
* Cutie Monsters Jigsaw Puzzles by Paul Smith, https://appsto.re/us/UNc5I.i
* Dingle Dangle Scarecrow for iPad by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, https://appsto.re/us/G3NpK.i
* Duckie Deck Monsters by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/DC7xX.i
* Even Monsters book bundle – 2 apps by Busy Bee Studios, https://appsto.re/us/GAcT2.i
* Even Monsters Say They’re Sorry by Pokey Toad Studios, https://appsto.re/us/-B5OH.i
* Foodo Kitchen by TutuLab, https://appsto.re/us/PK42Y.i
* Go Away, Big Green Monster! for iPad by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/zCdbC.i
* Guess Who I Am! – Halloween Monsters Edition by Clement Marty, https://appsto.re/us/PAlWH.i
* Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler by Highlights for Children, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/taKscb.i
* I See Fall by Capstone, https://appsto.re/us/qAgQ1.i
* Jigsaw Puzzle with Monsters by Wombi Apps, https://appsto.re/us/md7Xz.i
* Learn to Speak – I Like Fall (Book for Speech Therapy) by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/SpEMA.i
* Little Piano Monster by poisson florent, https://appsto.re/us/0n4vM.i
* Maria Counts Pumpkins – LAZ Reader [Level A-kindergarten] by Language Technologies, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/lyqwu.i
* Monster Coloring Book by Playtend Apps LLP, https://appsto.re/us/Dw-9z.i
* Monster Feltz by Paul Alan Freshney, https://appsto.re/us/lF4iJ.i
* Monster Matcher by Jonathan Mulcahy, https://appsto.re/us/o74oG.i
* Monsterpark Zoo by Roo Roo, https://appsto.re/us/VVWs2.i
* Monster’s Socks by Martin Hughes, https://appsto.re/us/kVIfF.i
* Monsters at the End of This Book Bundle – 2 apps by Sesame Street, https://appsto.re/us/_Fer5.i
* My Monster Mayhem by Digital Leaf, https://appsto.re/us/wHy4H.i
* Pumpkin Pal by Jeff Mohl Design LLC, https://appsto.re/us/J4cTx.i
* Sago Mini Monsters by Sago Sago, https://appsto.re/us/HQyiX.i
* Starfall Pumpkin by Starfall Education, https://appsto.re/us/Xif-H.i
* Super Reader’s Little Monster Adventures – A Dolch Sight Words Based Story Book App That Will Help Your Child Get Hooked on Reading! by Jorge Sanchez, https://appsto.re/us/3wrG2.i
* Surprise Monster by CAPE COPENHAGEN ApS, https://appsto.re/us/IGu93.i
* Sydney the Scarecrow by Felt Board Lady, https://appsto.re/us/higdQ.i
* The Fall Festival – Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/fai7O.i
* The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/ZMhyx.i
* The Monster Lab by OTATAA, https://appsto.re/us/k5Ktcb.i
* The Monsters Family by iMagine Machine Israel LTD, https://appsto.re/us/ug0BC.i
* Tizzy Monster Pet Vet by Tizzy Labs, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/SKJ5Q.i
* Toca Boo by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/O7eY2.i
* Toca Kitchen Monsters by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/rAPAE.i
* What was I Scared of? – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/owMSx.i
* Where’s my Monster? by Martin Hughes, https://appsto.re/us/CJipX.i

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Music:
* Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow by Music Maestros Band
* Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner Band
* Pickin’ Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Jo Huff
* Pumpkin Boogie by Margot Fox

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Game:
Feed The Woozle (see this post for lots of free printables and ideas for this fun game:
https://omazingkidsllc.com/2013/07/13/woozles-galore-romping-into-speech-language-kids-yoga-with-the-feed-the-woozle-game-by-peaceable-kingdom/)

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Guided Relaxation:

Click to access 03a0896e-16dd-4f8c-bb6c-c47af6229663.pdf

Kids Yoga Lesson Plan:
http://bambinoyoga.com/blog/2014/10/23/pumpkin-spice-yoga-lesson-plan

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Printables & craft ideas:
https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/09/24/happy-fall-fun-fall-books-activities/

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Pumpkin Mandala:
http://www.donteatthepaste.com/2014/09/pumpkin-mandala-happy-autumn.html?m=1
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Speech-Language Pathologist
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Review: Imaginations 3 – Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids

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Review: Imaginations 3 – Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids

Book Description

The third book in the Imaginations Series, Imaginations 3: Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids is an essential resource for every parent and teacher who wants to help children learn to calm their bodies and relax their minds.

The benefits of relaxation for kids include:
• Reduced stress
• Better concentration and focus
• Enhanced ability to learn
• Improved behavior and sleep
• Increased self-esteem

Relaxation Story Titles:
Tight and Soft
A Bird’s-Eye View
Fish
On a Farm
Pumpkin
The Apple Tree
Superhero
Bicycle
Mountaintop
Your Island
Riding a Comet
Moonbeam Blanket
Flying Carpet Ride to India
See the Music
Unicorn Friend
Earth Tour
Peaceful Body, Peaceful World
Loving Kindness
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What I LOVE about this book:

  • Includes 18 relaxation scripts specifically written for kids. The scripts are short and based on kid-friendly themes. Most of these are themes commonly used in kids yoga classes so this book is sure to become a loved & well used resource!
  • These relaxation scripts will also be helpful in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Many of the kids I see have high levels of anxiety and often have difficulty sleeping. I often incorporate relaxation techniques into my sessions, especially for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & Stuttering.
  • The scripts are free of any wording that have religious connotations which makes them easy to use in any setting.
  • Each 2-page spread has a script & a full page illustration. The illustrations capture the essence of the script and many have a “retro” feel to them. I love having a picture to show kids before I read a relaxation script. Many of the kids I work with have special needs and relate well to visuals.
  • Large easy to read text.
  • Great additional info in the introduction sections. Love the simplified intro written specifically for kids!
  • Includes pictures & instructions for four yoga poses as prep for relaxation (knee hug, happy baby, legs up & starfish savasana) and five breathing games (Hoberman Sphere, heart breath, yawning breath, humming breath & buzzing bee breath)

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A sneek-peek inside the book. Since there were not any pics on Amazon of any of the actual 2-page spread relaxation stories, I took these pics but masked out most of the text. It will at least give you a “feel” for what the stories are like:

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I love fall & pumkins so this relaxation story was definitely a fave 🙂

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Can’t wait to use this in an outer spaced themed class!

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Author’s website & blog: http://bambinoyoga.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BambinoYoga & http://www.facebook.com/imaginationsforkids
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bambinoyoga
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/bambinoyoga/
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Price: $19.99
Available for purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Guided-Meditations-Yoga-Kids/dp/0990732258
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All three books and a few individual relaxation stories PDFs can also be purchased on the author’s website: http://bambinoyoga.com/shop/.
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See info about the first book in this series in this review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/08/26/review-giveaway-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-meditations-for-kids/
Review for second book: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2014/11/01/review-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-guided-imagery-for-kids-2/

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Kids Yoga Teacher
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{Book Bundle Giveaway} Seashell Meditations for Children book, coloring activity book & seashell

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Check out this great opportunity to win a kids guided relaxation book bundle! I love that each of the 10 guided relaxation stories includes a picture, lovely rhyming text & a QR code to scan to go directly to a video with background music and sounds for that story. The coloring activity book would be great to use along with the book or with any ocean themed activity. I love the space left on each 2 page spread inviting the child to add to the picture.

The best part is that I get to share this bundle with three of you! Three winners will each receive a bundle of one autographed copy of the Seashell Meditations for Children: The Ten Story Collection + one copy of Under The Sea: A Seashell Meditation for Children Coloring and Activity Book + a seashell. Worldwide entries allowed. Scroll down to find the entry form below.

Available for purchase:

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Book: https://www.amazon.com/Seashell-Meditations-Children-Book-Collection/dp/0692676015

A Seashell Meditation for Children combines the entire 10 story collection into one. Now you get 10 fun and interactive stories that introduces meditation in the form of a short story rhymes using a seashell as an interactive tool for focus and fun all in one book. Reading the story to the child and using a simple meditation technique will guide them through a creative journey as the story takes them to exciting places to use their imaginations and explore which is a great way to introduce meditation for beginners. With each story there is a QR code available to scan with your smart device for background music and sounds while reading the book to the child. The benefits of meditation are endless. Learning this practice at a young age can help a child through their lifetime.

$16.95
Age Range: 2 – 12 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Seashell Publications; The Ten Story Collection ed. edition (April 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692676015
ISBN-13: 978-0692676011
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

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Coloring and activity book: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Sea-Seashell-Meditation-Children/dp/0692716165

A Seashell Meditation for Children, Under the Sea, is a unique coloring activity book that contains a short meditation story rhyme using a seashell as a tool for focus and concentration. The book encourages the child to use their imagination while listening to the story as it is being read. The child then can color the pictured pages that corresponds with the meditation story as well as use their imagination and color in the blank spaces provided by reflecting back on the meditation they just heard. This helps the child to engage and participate in the meditation.

$7.95
Age Range: 2 – 11 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Seashell Publications (May 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692716165
ISBN-13: 978-0692716168
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches

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Book trailer:

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Author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seashellmeditations/
Author’s website: http://www.seashellmeditations.com
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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the three winners: Danette Moore, Tara Geller & Michelle Arenas. Your info has been sent to the author to mail out the prizes.

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Easy Entry Form (be sure you are on the original blog post for the entry form to show up. Previews in e-mail often don’t show it):

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  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.
  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on July 23, 2016.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Worldwide entries are allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on July 24, 2016.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

Prize Value: $25.00

3 winners will each receive a bundle of one autographed copy of the Seashell Meditations for Children: The Ten Story Collection + one copy of Under The Sea: A Seashell Meditation for Children Coloring and Activity Book + a seashell.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book bundle but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff… This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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{New FREE Kids Guided Relaxation App} Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids

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{New Free Kids Guided Relaxation App} Very well done! Great hand painted illustrations, five short guided relaxations (sleep, focus, feelings, centering & kindness) with pleasant voiceovers & gentle music. No religious messages or undertones. Will definitely be recommending and using this new FREE app at OMazing Kids:

Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids by Wellbeyond Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/-65Iab.i

(universal iOS app that works on an iPad, iPhone or iTouch)

https://wellbeyond.com/kids

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Update 6/2/16:

Okay this new app from Wellbeyond is worth it’s weight in gold! I used it today with great success. I am a speech-language pathologist and kids yoga teacher who works with kids with severe disabilities. Many are nonverbal and have limited means of self regulating. One was so upset this morning that she was engaging in self injurious behaviors. I got her into a quiet room, laid her on a bean bag chair and turned on the “sleep” guided relaxation in this app. Within less than a minute she calmed down, quit banging her head and fell asleep. This app has earned a rare permanent spot in the valuable limited memory real estate on my therapy iPad. 🙂

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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New FREE Mind Yeti​ mindfulness for kids website

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New FREE Mind Yeti mindfulness for kids website:

http://www.mindyeti.com

You can use the website on a computer or on an iPad via the Safari browser over WiFi. Wouldn’t it be totally awesome if they developed a stand alone app that did not need a WiFi connection? Would be awesome for self regulation on the go 🙂

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#SocialEmotionalLearning #EmotionalRegulation #Mindfulness #KidsYoga #SpecialNeeds

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Kids Yoga Teacher
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a tester for educational & therapeutic toys, books, apps & technology and loves sharing info about products to use with kids of all abilities.