Some research has shown that today’s children are less creative than previous generations, and many point their fingers at the digital era. It makes sense, to an extent. For example, a child who would have once been engaging in imaginative play with action figures and Beanie Babies is now playing with apps and video games. In a large majority of these digital games, imagination is not required; the goal is to win or earn points, and there are only a set number of ways to do so. Thankfully, I don’t think this shift is quite as terrible as some make it out to be. First, common sense parenting (and teaching and therapy) includes knowing how to provide balance–not letting kids play with an iPad every waking minute but realizing that the digital world provides some great opportunities, too. Second, that digital world is actually starting to allow more creativity on the part of the user. My PlayHome is a perfect example.
Unlike most of my posts, which are inspired by my experiences in therapy, this app review was inspired by a recent graduate aphasia class where each student discussed a different type of treatment. One of my classmates presented Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA), which involves cueing a client with word-finding difficulties to produce words that are semantically related to the target word. (E.g. if the target word is dog, the client would be prompted to produce what category it is in, what it looks like, what it reminds them of, etc.) So, here’s my thoughts on how the iPad could be incorporated into therapy using this technique.
What It Is: A way to make individualized mind maps by Notion, Inc.
What It Is: A collection of interactive stories (and a memory game) by Ruta Ett based on a TV show. Each story is about a different vehicle (police car, seaplane, digger, etc.) and its jobs and daily activities.