Now that Brady has shifted into being more verbal, we are constantly looking for ways to beef up his vocabulary and strengthen his existing words. Having both autism and speech apraxia makes this a bit more challenging. We’ve tried flash cards and iPad apps, games and toys, but the thing that seems to work the best are his picture books. Not just any picture books, but ones with pictures of his actual toys and belongings. Shutterfly now has a way to make those picture books right on his iPad!
We made a photo book a while back, but it was so loved and used that it was time to make a new one. I recently learned that Shutterfly’s new iPad app that lets you create your books on the fly. You can pull in photos from facebook, shutterfly or even your camera roll right there on your device. Brilliant! The app is free and you can create photo books anywhere! Brady’s book was started in the car pickup line at my older boys school!
Another great feature that we are LOVING right now, is the audio function. Shutterfly is the only app that you can create up to 30 seconds of audio to go with your photos! Now when I show him the book on his iPad, he can touch the picture and the audio will play back the word we recorded to go with the image. That is really helping him to mimic the words and have a great model to work off of, even when I’m not in the same room to help him.
We still use the physical book in his speech therapies and he just loves looking at all his pictures, but having the book on his iPad as well, has opened up a whole new door for learning. We can also share the book on facebook with friends who also have kids with speech apraxia, or by emailing it to his therapists so they can see it in action and help come up with new ways to work it into therapy time.
Here is a peek into Brady’s book. We left the cover blank this time so he can decorate it himself with stickers and drawings to make it even more special for him.
You can download the Shutterfly app here and try it for yourself! Check out all the ways the new app can work for you in this video.
Now for a GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away one 8×8 book that can be ordered straight from the new app!
Click to www.shutterfly.com then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite feature of Photo Story.
Simple, Easy, Fun!
Contest is open to US residents now through Wednesday, September 11, 2013. See full sweepstakes rules here.
disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Shutterfly and Global Influence. All opinions are my own.