The National Academies Press (NAP) had recently released a prepublication pdf version of a book relevant to our practice: Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence. The book’s NAP page offers you a peek into its table of contents, enables you to skim through the pages and read it online for free.
You can go ahead and download the prepublished pdf by clicking on the Download button in the book’s page. Feel free to register at NAP, but if you don’t feel like registering, click Continue As Guest. You’ll be asked to fill in a few form fields including a comment box and NAP directs you back to the book’s original page that contains a direct download button.
Do note that the book is prepublished, which means the book is an uncorrected version. If you’d prefer to own a final copy, you can pre-order it in NAP for $52.43.
One of the main reasons why SPeak App is around is to tell you when things are free, and which free stuff is worth your download and your clients’ time. For this Halloween, SPeak App presents to you two kid ebooks guaranteed to help you work on your kids’ narratives.
On Lion Roars Up, Lion is sick in bed and his friends try to cheer him up and make him feel better… well, apparently they tried too hard. The ebook The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs tells the classic fable of a greedy couple who killed their goose hoping to gather more golden eggs.
What I love about this app:
- two reading options: You can opt for the app to read for you by playing it as an animation with a storyteller going through the story slide by slide, read it yourself where you can touch the screen to turn the page and the words will appear for you to read from.
- interactive! On Read It Myself mode, your kid client can tap on the cartoon characters and have them make a sound or speak a line.
- three kinds of views: choose to view it as a running animation, a classic page-turn animation, or view it in Cover Flow format.
- supports two languages: shows instructions, words, and speaks in either English and Chinese. In my case however, my 10 years of being in a Chinese school as a kid amounted to zilch… But this is awesome for multilingual SPs (lucky them) and for those with kid clients whose L1 is Chinese
- vivid, eye-catching cartoons: need I say more?
What this app needs to improve on:
Price: FREE for this Halloween season (was $0.99 each)
Weight: 53.7 MB (Lion Roars Up) / 9.9 MB (Golden Goose)
Updated: 21 October 2010 (Lion Roars Up) / 15 July 2010 (Golden Goose)
Version: 1.0 ((Lion Roars Up) / 1.1 (Golden Goose)
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. Needs iOS 3.0 up.
Seller: Max Stage Technology (Lion Roars Up) / Dam Chen (Golden Goose) both @ AppleTreeBooks
- Um… I find it rather hard to find something faulty on a well-made FREE app. None for now!
Target Population: young kids
Awesome if you want to work on:
- picture description
- answering Wh- questions
- facilitating production of both simple and complex sentences
- teaching pragmatics via stories
- comprehension of cause and effect
- problem-solving (identifying the problem, identifying consequences of the action, stating how the problem could have been avoided/prevented)
Customer Ratings (iTunes): 5 out of 5 smileys
SPeak App says: 5 out of 5 smileys