Sequencing information in order is a very important problem solving skill. It assists children with understanding the chronological order of events, the procession of time, as well as with the organization of verbal output. This is why I am excited to review today the Sequencing Post Office app by the Virtual Speech Center.
Much like it there other apps it’s incredibly easy to set up and use. Click on the Start button, add a student, select the sequence(s) you’d like for them to work on, and start putting things in order.
The 65 sequencing tasks are divided into 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step sequences. You can tap the 2, 3, or 4 numbers on top of the screen to modify the directions. The sequences include numerous functional activities: daily household routines (making food, doing chores, performing daily ablutions, etc.), seasonal activities (such as making a snowman, a sand castle or carving a pumpkin, etc.) holiday related activities (dyeing Easter eggs, decorating the Christmas tree, etc.) or even life cycles of plants and animals.
To complete the activity students need to drag the pictures in correct order. While there is no sound to narrate on the activity in each of the cards, this is the perfect opportunity to get the students to verbalize regarding what’s happening in each of the cards.
This app can also be programmed (in settings) to include games after a set number of responses (5, 10, etc.) are completed correctly.
Other capabilities include:
- Working with several students at a time
- Audio recording responses
- Performance tracking
- Emailing results at the end of the session
What I like:
- Numerous functional sequences of activities
- The fact is that the app can target receptive, expressive, and problem solving abilities in young children (point to the ______, explain what the ________, why does ______ go before _________)
- The fact that the children can record their story and play it back for feedback
- The ability to change number of sequences (from 4 to less) in each activity (versus in select ones) only.
- The usefulness of the life cycle sequences for the core curriculum subjects such as science
Room for improvement:
- It would be nice if the child was able to tap on a particular picture card and the receiver verbal feedback/model of what was happening in the picture
- Also, real life photographs may be a welcome addition for children with cognitive disabilities as well as concrete thinkers
All in all this is a nice inexpensive app (under $5) with functional sequences of activities which can be used with a variety of 2 to 4 level sequences.