Friday, January 23, 2015

Autism iPad App Review Behaviors With Friends

I was compensated for this post by teach2talk.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Getting an iPad was one of the best purchases we made for our kids, especially our two boys with autism.  They've all learned so much about geography, the human body, animals, math, and even social skills.

My son was in a social skills group that helped him immensely.  Then we moved to a rural county, and the only autism resources here involve moving back to where we came from.  When he was in public school, their idea of social skills training was letting him eat lunch in an office by himself.  Needless to say, we needed some help in that area.

I downloaded several social skills iPad apps for my boys, but none were a good fit.  It seemed like the apps were either very expensive or poor quality.  They are kids, so if it's not fun, they aren't going to stick with it.
Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

I was so happy to discover teach2talk's Behaviors With Friends app.  At $4.99, it's a great investment.  It's also fun, so my kids feel like they are playing a game and not learning.

Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

Why It's Different
Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

The app uses videos to model behavior for kids, which teaches play skills, social skills, and appropriate behavior.  The different lessons are laid out like a board game, so it feels like they are playing a game and gives them an incentive to keep moving forward.

Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

The child watches a video, and it pauses when the child must  make a decision.  This gives your child time to learn about the best choice.
Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

If they make the right choice, they get rewarded on the screen, which also reinforces their learning.
Behaviors With Friends iPad app review.

The app has several lessons, including conflict resolution, dealing with anger and frustration, sharing, telling the truth, not interrupting, and being nice.


Behaviors With Friends was founded by Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Jenny McCarthy. Sarah Clifford Scheflen is a clinical SLP who specializes in working with children with autism and developmental disorders. She has a private practice in Santa Monica, California, and is the senior SPL for a partial- hospitalization program at a university in Los Angeles.

Jenny McCarthy is an actress, producer, and best selling author.  Her son Evan has autism, and Jenny soon grew frustrated with the poor quality of educational products for home use.  She used her work experience to collaborate with Sarah to create teach2talk.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to Paint Plates

This was one of the first home decor projects I did with my Cricut when I got it.  I have always wanted a French country kitchen, but I was stuck with a contractor grade McMansion kitchen.  I didn't have a budget for a lot of home decor.  I resorted to garage sale finds, and boy did I score a few years ago.  

I found quite a few French country blue and yellow pieces for my kitchen.  Among the treasures were these white plates.  She said she displayed them in her hutch and used them on occasionally.  When I saw them, I knew I had the perfect project for them.  I scored five plates for $2!  By the time I was done with them, no one could believe that I didn't buy them that way, let alone that I paid so little for them.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

15 Glass Etching Projects

Glass etching is one of my favorite projects with my Silhouette Cameo because the results look so wonderful!  It looks like a difficult technique to master, but it's so easy with my die cutter and some etching cream.  A few years ago, before I started blogging, I etched my first project.  I made my dad a set of etched beer mugs   I took photos of it for some reason or another, but I didn't get photos of the finished project.  D'oh!  Hindsight, right?  I'll take my camera to my dads and get a photo some time.
I used my Cameo to make stencils and used Armor Etch  to chemically etch the glass.  What I love about this process is that it's very inexpensive.  For $15, I've etched more than 10 pieces, and I have most of the bottle left.  One tip to save money is to put the etching cream back in the bottle when you are done.  Yes, you can reuse it!  

Looking for more inspiration?  Hometalk recently asked me to curate a clipboard with 15 glass etching projects.  

As you can see, glass etching can be used for so many different projects!  Ornaments, candle  holders, soap holders, and even a lamp!  Want to see how they are done?  Click on over to Hometalk and click on the project for directions and tips.

Are you on Hometalk?  Let's follow each other.

Have you ever tried to etch glass?
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