Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to our District Speech and Language Therapy Blog! Today we continue our countdown of great apps that promote speech and language.
Next up: Peekaboo Barn
Peekaboo Barn is on my shortlist of favorite apps when I work with the birth to three years old kiddos.
Although it is a very simple app, it immediately engages my clients without fail.
How it works
When you open up the app, the first thing you see is a barn door. Then the child hears knocking as well as the sound of a farm animal.
When you tap on the farm door, the doors open and a farm animal appears.
It makes a cute animal sound, the doors close, and the knocking starts again, but this time with a different animal behind the door.
That’s it. Very simple, but incredibly effective and perfect for stimulating a host of pre-linguistic and linguistic skills.
How you can use it
Intentional communication – I often use Peekaboo Barn as a way to incentivize kiddos to communicate because so many of my kiddos are eager to play with it when I bring it out. Depending on the child’s stage of development, I may try to encourage they make eye contact with me to show interest, demonstrate intent, or use actual words/phrases (e.g., open, I want more, close door).
The key is to not move on to the next animal until the child gives you the communication you are looking for. Once they do, they get a turn on the iPad (e.g., press a button, swipe on the screen). This helps reinforce the behavior you are targeting. Because there are so many animals to see in the app, it naturally provides a lot of repetitions to help develop the skill.
Functional vocabulary development – As mentioned above, you can use this app to target basic vocabulary (e.g., open, close, bye, more) as you open and close the barn doors. Peekaboo Barn can also foster the skills of labeling animals, making animal noises, and making simple inferences based on the animal noises heard (e.g., open, bye, close, naming animal, animal sounds).
That’s all for now everyone. Check back next week for the last app in our countdown!
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