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iPad App Review: Happy Geese

App Name: Happy Geese

Cost: Free  

What does it promise?  Designed for younger students with special needs, this app takes two popular classic board games and creates simplified versions of each. Added to these simple versions is an intuitive way for educators to gradually introduce each feature of the game when a student is ready.

happy GeeseDoes it deliver? Yes. The app includes boards with clean designs and various levels of difficulty, cells and dice of different types (colors, shapes, letters, etc.) and other items that allow educators to tailor the game to the abilities of each child.

Visual help can be enabled to assist children in finding the next move they should make in the game. The app also has a feature called King/Queen of the round, which ensures that the chosen player wins the round. This popular feature helps avoid disappointments with children who are new to the game.

Happy Geese was developed with the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in mind, but it is also a great tool for students with other developmental needs.

Can I use it in my classroom?  For special-needs students, especially those in the early elementary grades, Happy Geese is the perfect fit.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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