Thursday, December 13, 2012
Between the Lines by Hamaguchi is an app designed to work on inferencing skills. This has quickly become one of my favorite apps and one that my clients request. At the price of $15.99 for the full version and 99 cents for the lite versions, I believe this is a quality app. There are a total of 3 apps that can be purchased that address the same skills. Levels 1 and 2 are for elementary to adolescents and A is for adolescents and adults.
There are three different activities that are addressed and reinforcers built into the system. The first activity is listening. The client is asked to listen to an audio clip and then shown pictures. The client must determine "Who said it?" by matching the facial expression to what they heard.
The second activity is body language and perspective taking. In this activity, the client watches a short video clip and then use body language, receptive language and inferencing to determine what the target character is thinking.
The last activity is expressions - slang and idioms. The client is asked to watch someone using a slang expression, idiom or common expression and determine what it means.
Between the Lines has also built in data collection and can be utilized in a group setting. This is especially important for those who work in the schools and are often providing services in small groups. In addition, users are able to customize settings. you can decide if the client will choose from 2, 3 or 4 choices. You decide after how many items, the client will be able to get the reward. The user can also decide if there will be bell or voice encouragement.
The Hamaguchi website also has extension activities for this app available for download. It gives a list of activities that can be done either by a therapist or a parent to work on inferencing skills.
Hamaguchi continues to make quality apps at an affordable price. I highly recommend this app for individuals with autism and those working on higher level language skills.
Disclosure: Hamaguchi Apps provided a copy of this app to this reviewer.