Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018 by Jia Yue 2 minutes
Hi everyone! Welcome back to Beyond Therapy – HeadStart for Life’s blog! We hope that our blog posts have been informative in helping you understand your child’s development. In our blog, we also try to share fun ideas to help you facilitate your child’s development. Have you tried out any of the activities?
In one of our earlier blog posts, I shared about one of my favourite educational app that can be used to help children with speech difficulties. In this blog post, we will continue to explore another educational app which can be used to help children practice their language skills!
Do remember that technology should never completely replace human interaction and actual toys as a medium to develop speech, language, communication or play skills. However, we can use technology on some occasions, especially if using a tablet is a motivating activity for your child. Do sit with your child and engage in the activity together, so that communication is still kept between you and your child. In other words, use the tablet as a medium to practice language skills and have some fun together!
My PlayHome: Play Home Doll House (by Shimon Young: Play Home Software)
About the app:
My PlayHome is a virtual doll house which allows you to navigate between different rooms such as the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. A family of virtual characters can be moved around for various activities such as sitting on the sofa or jumping on the trampoline. Several items within the house can also be manipulated. For example, you can pour juice into a cup, switch on the TV or draw the curtains.
The app is available in both the Apple store and Google Play store.
How to use the app:
The beauty of My PlayHome is that it is very open-ended. There are so many language targets that can be incorporated while ‘playing’ with this virtual doll house! Here are some possibilities to consider!
Remember, don’t work on all these in the same setting! Your child may feel overwhelmed and find the activity to be stressful instead. Happy children are good learners! Also, check if the targets that you are introducing are appropriate for your child’s age as well.
What I love about this app:
Hope this post gave you some ideas to try out with your child! If you are using any other educational apps to work on your child’s language skills, do share them by leaving a comment below!
P.S. This is not a paid advertisement. I am sharing this as it is one of my favourite apps!