Saturday, September 7, 2013

iPad App Review: Sago Mini Sound Box

Sago Mini SoundBox, developed by Sago Sago, is a great app for all children ages 0-3. The developer states:
"This musical box of sound surprises is perfect for toddlers! Introduce children to sound and music with this magical app – just shake, rattle and tap! Listen for cheerful chimes, horns, drums, animals and more. Your little one is sure to laugh and giggle as they play."
Another huge plus about the Sago Sago Developers is the fact that they wrote a letter to parents about the educational qualities of the app and how to best engage their child with it.  They also encourage parents and professionals to leave reviews on the iTunes store.

This app could be significantly meaningful for infants and toddlers that are hearing impaired, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.  Babies with visual impairments could benefit from the high contrast colors yet soft colors in the overall design of the app.  Children with cortical visual impairment who are learning to tolerate increased levels of visual and auditory complexity will be challenged by the increased amount of sounds and shapes that appear on the screen when the child touches it.  Please note, if the child has an auditory sensitivity, keep the noise volume at a soft level. 

For the learner that is hearing impaired or deaf-blind, this app encourages the child to interact with a variety of environmental and musical sounds as they hit the screen. It is important for these types of learners to interact with this sort of app in meaningful ways that promote connection and socialization.. For example, caregivers or professional should be encouraged to make the time playing on these apps meaningful to the child's global development.  For example, after the child activates a sound on the app, the parent or professional could sign or say "Good Job, That sound was a drum."  This makes the Sound Box app an opportunity to embed social, cognitive, and language development skills inside their daily routine.

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