Thursday, June 13, 2013

Peek-A-Boo Barn App Review

Peek-A-Boo Barn, created by Night and Studios for Android and Mac systems, was developed for all infants and toddlers ages 0-3.  This app has proven to be extremely popular among families and professionals serving children with visual impairments.  A key research expert  in the field of visual impairments, Christine Roman, rated Peek-A-Boo Barn  in the top ten apps available for infants and toddlers with visual impairments, especially cortical visual impairment.   An important feature of the app is the visual presentation of the big, red barn in the center of the page.  In order for the child to open the barn door, the child has to maintain visual attention on the red barn, bring his or her hands to mid-line and touch the screen.  This can be an extremely challenging task for an infant or toddler a visual impairment.  However, since Peek-A-Boo barn is interactive and tells a sequential story, it holds the attention of many infants and toddlers so they can continue to work on their therapy routines and still have fun.  Every time the child touches the screen to open the barn door, a farm animal appears with a corresponding voice reciting the name of the animal. Speech Language Pathologists have also commented that the child's voice over feature on the app is ideal because it models age appropriate speech and language development for the infant and toddlers, especially those with special needs.

Whether a parent gets this app for their child with special needs or a sibling, Peek-A-Boo Barn can offer an educational experience for every child in the family.

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