We’re starting to see more iPads in the waiting room of our clinic, and as soon as moms (dads, too sometimes) find out we’re working on a new speech therapy app they all ask the same thing, “What apps do you recommend?”
This is not really surprising, because the Apple App Store offers more than 65,000 apps specifically for the iPad, with more and more arriving every day. There are nearly 60 speech therapy apps listed in the App Store. Android Market comes up with 23 speech therapy apps, and the list will only keep growing.
One of the nice things about apps is they stay in their “toy box.” Kids are soooo attracted to the iPad. You can place almost anything in front of them and they’ll play with it, for now, but as you already know with other toys, kids get bored fast. So, if the app is too simple, it’ll be collecting cyber-dust faster than X-bots.
So, how do you look for and decide to buy apps for your kids to use? There are lots of lists, and many offer suggestions in the interest of promoting their own apps or the apps of their paid sponsors. But here are three services, which review apps with the interests of parents and kids in mind. They do not accept payment for reviews and appear to be reviewed by real parents.
MomwithApps.com is a collaboration of family friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Most of their members are parents who have launched their own apps with the aim of creating apps, which are high-quality, educational, interactive and useful. Many of these developers have years of professional educational experience and their apps show it.
BestKidsApps.com is a review site started by a couple of moms with way too much time on their hands. At least they did until they got into the app review business. Think of them as an independent test-bed for kid’s apps. The service covers apps for both Apple and Android platforms for kids from 1 (yes, babies like apps too, apparently) through grade school.
iPhone4kids.net got their start in 2009, which is practically back in the “caveman” days of apps – at least for ipads. So, they’ve kicked the tires on lots of apps for kids. Like the other three review sites, they do not take payment for reviews, and like the other sites, they will not publish a bad review. So, if you see an app on their site, they’ve taken the time to review it. And if they like it, they’ll list it.
So, there’s my short list of reliable sites for dependable kid’s app reviews. The parents in our waiting room would love to hear about the worthwhile kid’s apps you’ve discovered and tried. So let’s hear from you.