Developer: Essare LLC
Platform: iPad, Kindle, Android (English)
Price: $9.99 Download Ready to Print
Also Available: Kindle App or Android App
Category: Handwriting Apps
Teach Pre-Writing Skills
Many great autism apps available on the iTunes store make it their goals to teach kids how to write. That’s wonderful, but it’s often difficult for students to jump in and start making letters and words immediately.
Ready To Print takes a different approach, focusing on all kinds of fine motor skills as well as object recognition, before moving toward making letters.
The way I see it, if you follow the app’s activities in order, your child will have improved his or her fine motor skills by leaps and bounds, and they will learn to form letters while doing so!
Version 3.0 Update – January 2014
Essare LLC is proud to announce version 3 of the Ready to Print App. This update includes professional voice prompts, updated graphics, and a new activity, “Touch and Drag”.Ready to Print now includes 194 levels in 13 activities, all arranged in a progression to help students develop visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns. It was created by an Occupational Therapist, and is designed for use both by parents and educators.
The Different Activity Modes
Ready To Print is a very simple autism app, which is a good thing. When you load the program, you can create a user and alter settings before moving into the substance of Ready To Print by using the cog wheel and user creation buttons that appear on the bottom of the home screen.
From there, you can choose from the many activities provided: touch, ordered touch, matching, paths, shapes, connect the dots, pinching, letters, numbers, and free draw! I’ll talk about each one of these individually, and I really hope that you think as highly of the app as I do!
Touch is the simplest activity mode provided by Ready To Print, and focuses on the simple skill of tapping the iPad screen. As with all of the activities provided, you will, before beginning, be given options as to which level you would like to start on. Since every level is very short, I would just start at the beginning for each one. An exception to this, however, would be if a child is having difficulty with a particular level or did not finish all of the levels yet and does not want to start over.
With touch, multiple of the same object will appear on the screen, and kids need to tap these objects. It’s that simple! Of course, there is a voice directing them every step of the way.
Ordered Touch takes the previously discussed Touch mode a step further, requiring users to tap objects in a specific order. Note that the required order can be denoted by the order in which the objects light up or by how they originally appear on the screen, if your child desires to tap them faster than they light up on the program.
Matching is a mode where kids need to drag objects to their corresponding outlines. This part of Ready To Print focuses on the recognition aspect of development, which is a welcome bonus!
Paths is one of the most helpful activities in terms of developing fine motor skills, but it is also a really great time! Kids need to draw a line from one object to another while staying within the provided bounds.
What I also love about Ready To Print is that it always uses related objects, which helps to enforce these ideas. For example, the dog goes with the bone, the frog goes with the lily pad, the soccer ball goes with the goal, and so on.
The shapes activity is similar to the Paths activity discussed earlier, but it now requires kids to trace inside of shapes. As you can see, the app is slowly moving towards the point at which users will begin forming letters with their newly honed fine motor skills and app-specific familiarity!
Connect The Dots
Connect the Dots is a mode that transitions users into drawing things without guidelines, but not grading them on how well they do. You will connect the dots to make a shape, and then draw that shape in the adjacent page to see how well you can replicate your dot-guided creation.
Pinching takes a break from the writing and letter-forming aspects of Ready To Print and moves towards fine motor skills specific to the iPad. Again enforcing the idea that things are related, kids need to pinch together two items. Examples: spider and spider web, ice cream and ice cream cones, and more!
Letters and Numbers
These are the game modes typical of reading and writing apps – this is where the nitty gritty work is done, and where kids take the skills that they have been practicing and apply them to creating letters and numbers. The format is very similar to the other game modes in Ready To Print, which is helpful.
Free Draw is pure fun – provided with several different colors, kids can doodle and make digital messes to their heart’s content!
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