The Accelerations Educational Software app Shoe Tying 1 combines a systematic teaching and video modeling approach to help your students master a basic skill that poses difficulty for many. The app is available for download on the iTunes store at a price of $4.99.
The app breaks shoe tying down into individual video steps that students can master one by one, building their confidence and cooperation. You teach them to tie, beginning with a shoe off their foot and progressing to working with it on their foot as their fine motor skills improve. Shoe Tying 1 also teaches the language associated with various steps of shoe tying.
Since shoe tying is a moderately complex fine motor skill, success at this activity demonstrates that a student has the cognitive capability to learn many other daily living and vocational skills. The app is excellent for a variety of learners encompassing:
- Young children.
- Children with autism and other learning disabilities.
- Children with traumatic brain injuries or other cognitive issues.
You can easily control presentations to your students using Shoe Tying 1. The app enables you to assist and fade assistance as needed till your student is independent. Additional helpful features include the ability to:
- Replay steps and sequences in video and image formats.
- Overcome issues associated with poor observational learners including those with representational and memory problems.
- Provide a consistent, non-threatening model that focuses on the most critical information while minimizing unnecessary distractions.
Shoe Tying 1 comes with an integrated help system including a Teaching Guide, Using App instructions and information on how and why video modeling works. The help system is backed by helpful web resources.
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Therapists who have piloted Shoe Tying 1 agree that the app makes teaching shoe tying easier, quicker and more effective. One OT noted that, “I would use this app with children with autism spectrum disorders, motor planning issues, intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities … The use of video provides a consistent model, the ability to repeat all or part of the video facilitates memory and the option to easily pause the video at any time allows the child to practice simultaneously.”
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