Sunday, May 27, 2012

Best Organizational Apps for ADHD

Do you need some organization in your life? We all know that this can be a challenge whether ADHD is a part of our lives or not. With our kids’ and our own schedules to manage, due dates for bills to remember, deadlines for projects at work and other responsibilities, we need a GOOD plan, the best strategies, and appropriate tools to help us get everything accomplished---on time. However, when ADHD is added to the mix, well, there may very well be a need for special tools to help us AND our families stay focused, on track, and organized.

We have gathered here this week a collection of apps to help you and the family to GET organized and STAY organized. You might want to try these over the summer break so that when fall arrives, and with it the new school year, you and the whole family will be pros at the organizational game!

To-Do List Apps for Kids and Adults with ADHD
---A collection of apps that will help you put order into your life with ADHD
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8698.html

Students with ADHD Get Help from iPad App
---Created to help users with ADHD improve executive functions of memory, concentration, and organization
http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/02/adhd-students-get-help-from-ipad-app.aspx


ADHD Organizer App for iPhone---This app lets you set goals and record your success in achieving them. It also lets you discover any weaknesses that need attention and improvement.
http://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/apps/adhd-organizer.php

ADHD and iPads: 5 Apps to Make Life Easier---from the Reader’s Digest Editors
http://www.rd.com/health/adhd-and-ipads-5-apps-to-make-life-easier/

The 5 Best iPhone/iPad Apps for ADHD
---by Mark Kawate
http://www.appsforadhd.com/appsforadhd/5bestiosapps.html

For more information:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers
314-892-3897

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

ADDitude Magazine Publishes Review of Reading Tool for Kids

Just a few days ago, we received some great news, and we’d like to share it with our blog readers. ADDitude magazine, the premier AD/HD publication for parents, teachers, and other adults, published an excellent product review of our Reading Focus Cards (U.S. Patent 7,565,759) in its Summer 2012 issue. We’re both pleased and excited to receive such a glowing review of our tools for struggling readers and thought it was about time that we shared this review with our readers here.

For a limited time (at the discretion of New Hope Media, the magazine’s publisher), you can read the Reading Focus Cards’ product review by accessing the digital version of the Summer 2012 issue of ADDitude. Just click on the following link and view the text at the bottom of p.15:

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=mypagesuite&refresh=z18P7N0wJ1p2&PBID=88db2084-4c9e-4f20-ac1d-6d46b793934e&skip=

We are grateful to Mr. Wayne Kalyn and his staff at New Hope Media for this great review. We have been receiving so many orders for our Reading Focus Cards since the Summer 2012 issue of ADDitude hit the stands on May 8! Thank you, ADDitude!

Happy Reading with our Reading Focus Cards, everyone!

PRLog's press release about ADDitude Magazine's independent product review of the Reading Focus Card: http://prlog.org/11915185

For more information:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers
314-892-3897

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Skill-Building Apps for Challenged Readers

With summer nearly upon us, there are some students and their parents who may be searching for good apps to improve in the following reading skill areas:

• Focusing
• Word-attack skills
• Fluency
• Tracking
• Comprehension
• Retention


We thought this would be an ideal time to provide our readers with apps for these specific skill areas. That way, over the summer break, students (and others) might be able to “brush up on” areas of weakness so that they will be improved by the time the new fall term begins. Here, then, is our list of APPS for the above reading skills:

Reading Skills Apps


Reading Remedies This app is like having shelves of assessment books and binders of "go to activities" in your pocket or at your fingertips. This is a great site for reading teachers or parents of struggling readers.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-remedies/id423213168?mt=8

FREE Word Attack App for Android
Improve your vocabulary while having fun with this improved variation of the word-search game genre. No rules. Words appear in any location in any order. Find the words based on the given hints. Installs on external SD card for Froyo.
http://www.freeware4android.net/google-android-2-2-1-device-1909/word-games-tag/word-attack-download-40234.html

Word-Attack Apps for iPhone, iPad
Good apps for improving a reader’s word-attack skills (some FREE)
http://appfinder.lisisoft.com/ipad-iphone-apps/word-attack.html

Top 12 Reading Comprehension Apps
(from Reading Rockets) Apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness (through ant¬onyms, synonyms, and homophones), as well as several mind mapping apps (some FREE).
http://www.readingrockets.org/pdfs/Top-12-Comprehension-Apps.pdf

There’s a Special App for That – Part 7: Apps That Support Literacy Instruction Part 7 of “There’s A Special App For That” series on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps for students with special needs. (Scroll past chart with 7 building blocks of literacy to access Part 7’s apps.)
http://www.inov8-ed.com/2011/03/theres-a-special-app-for-that-part-7-apps-that-support-literacy-instruction/

For more information:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers
314-892-3897

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Strategies, Tools, Apps & More for Struggling Readers

Learning does not come easily for every student. Parents and teachers often look for specific strategies and resources to assist struggling readers and learners, especially those with AD/HD, dyslexia, or other issues. Here are just a few that you might consider for the challenged student(s) in your life:

1. Request or allow for course and book content to be available via audiotape, CD, or DVD.

2. Use a portable, hand-held spell checker (such as the Franklin Spelling Ace) for unknown words.

3. Use graph paper or Reading Focus Cards for math to promote accurate placeholder work.

4. Use interactive computer reading programs that require only a limited number of tasks at a time.

5. Underline or highlight important key words in a set of directions BEFORE beginning an assignment.

6. Fold a worksheet so that only a small amount of text, information, or problems is visible at one time. Using individualized tools can help with this as well.

7. Allow for moving to optional work areas with less distraction.

8. Allow for the experience of a variety of sensory learning techniques such as those from the use of a computer, tape recorder, projector, and manipulatives. The more senses you appeal to in the learning process, the more success the student will experience.

9. Use word processors or computers to complete written work, especially when writing is a struggle.

10. Allow for kneeling or standing at a desk (if needed), as long as it does not cause problems or distractions for others.

11. Allow for access to a copy of prepared notes, especially after a teaching session or discussion.

12. Arrange for a second set of textbooks at home so that materials are always at hand when needed.

13. Use very low-volume music (instrumental) or environmental sounds (seashore or other nature sounds) while doing independent work.

14. Allow for student to work cooperatively at times with others as part of a "buddy" system of support.

15. Use colored paper for all printed materials including worksheets, outlines, notes, etc. Experiment with pastels as well as bright shades. One particular color may produce the best results for an individual.

16. Consider the use of colored overlays or the Reading Focus Cards for focus and reading challenges because the white background of a page of text can be visually “offensive” to some readers/learners.

17. Try visiting math.com or www.khanacademy.org as well as other similar free websites for help with specific math and science challenges.

18. Reading Focus Cards can be used with iPads and other e-tablets (Model #002-Longer). They are also very good for use with Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers (Model #001-Shorter). Recommendation: A non-scratch film should be used to protect tech devices’ screens with this application.

19. List of Android APPS for Special Needs (some pricey/some FREE) http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/special+education

20. List of iPad APPS for Special Needs http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/2012/03/basket-of-special-needs-apps.html

For more information:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers
314-892-3897

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