Smart Apps for Kids Word Wizard App GiveAway!!!
My blog has sat empty for months because I am a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted the formatting of the template and theme complete before I began to write the million things swimming around in my head. However, in honor of World Autism Awareness Day I have decided to take the plunge and begin the blogging journey in hopes to win the iOS app I linked to above which Smart Apps for Kids is hosting.
With two young autistic children and limited finances and ridiculous insurance ($15,000 deductible and $80 copays) we need all the help we can get because supplementing therapy outside of what little they offer through our local Early Intervention program and the school system is not a reality for us which is absolutely heartbreaking as a mom. I feel like there is so much more I could be doing for Robot and Godzilla and there is a huge question mark that hangs above my head and follows me everywhere on whether we are doing enough for them. All I hear is “Tick, Tick, Tick” as if I am in a race against the clock since research proves how important Early Intervention is.
Luckily, we received an iPad2 as a gift for Robot and it has helped fill in the therapeutic gaps that he would have otherwise been missing out on. The iPad and iOS apps we have acquired has served as a gateway to the breakthroughs we have witnessed with our little Robot boy in his expressive and receptive language and we have seen drastic improvements in his fine motor skills as well. I am a huge advocate for using technology, such as the iPad, as therapy tools to facilitate learning and growth in many skill domains for children with special needs. I have seen first-hand just how beneficial this device is and I feel extremely lucky to have it at our disposal for educational and entertainment purposes for the boys.
Ron and Deanne over at Smart Apps For Kids have developed a wonderful website with incredible app reviews because they are very selective and critical when evaluating which apps they stand behind so there is little reason to doubt if the app is actually worthy to purchase. I am definitely not raving on and on about Smart Apps for Kids to suck up to better my chances of winning. Well okay, maybe just a bit but nonetheless they have put together a stellar site and are doing giveaways on a regular basis plus they always showcase a Free App of the Day which they hand-pick. Between the top-notch reviews, free apps and giveaways this is definitely a site to bookmark and subscribe to. I find myself visiting both the website and Facebook page quite often so I don’t miss out on any of the fun which is probably more than I would like to admit.
I guess this is where I need to confess that I have a problem. I am an addict. An iPad app addict. The funny thing is about 98% of the iPad is all kids educational apps. I have Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and a handful of photography apps for myself and that’s about it. But the iPad is for the kids so naturally mommy wants little Robot and Godzilla to have the apps they need to foster their abilities to learn and grow to aid in overcoming the challenges they face having Autism. Even so, I just cant help myself and have more kids apps downloaded than the iPad has storage for. Some may say it is a bit excessive but I look at it from the point of view of that we have access to apps to accommodate their educational needs as they grow. Justified! 🙂
With that said, please wish me luck. More importantly, I really appreciate the support and awareness being shed on Autism from the app developers who generously participated in the app party in Honor of World Autism Day. These developers deserve major kudos’ because they have deeply discounted apps we Autie/Special Needs parents want and need for our children or made them FREE. That speaks volumes about the character of the participating developers. If I could hug every one of them I definitely would because they are simply amazing. Enough said!
So there you have it. My first official blog post which I dedicate to Ron and Deanne. Don’t worry, even if I don’t win I will be back to continue blogging especially now that I got over that initial OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO BLOG ABOUT phase since they opened the door for me to walk through to begin channeling my thoughts, emotions and random junk that goes through my head to funnel into this blog.
Now go check out Smart Apps for Kids and I promise you wont be disappointed!