Saturday, March 31, 2012

ENDED - Giveaway: Verbally (AAC)

We are extremely excited to announce that VERBALLY have donated their IN-App purchase "Verbally Premium" (Value $109.09 AUD) to go to one lucky member of iHelp SN Kids ! (details below for entry)

Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App for the iPad.  Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with it's simpl, intuitive design.  Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.

Verbally is for free to download (the IN-App purchase can be made once downloaded) - so please download it first and have a look.  If you think it is for you, then please enter this competition.

One of the best features of this AAC App is the Text Prediction - It works well for those who are illiterate.  "Verbally Premium" uses the Acapela Speech technologies from the Acapela Group.
Click HERE to read about the advantages of having the full version of Verbally.

Unlike other AAC solutions, Verbally's simple design allows users to communicate quickly and effectively, with very little physical effort.  So intuitive, you can have a conversation immediately !

To enter this competition: 

1. Like VERBALLY on Facebook

2. While you are there, be polite and thank them for the opportunity to win this prize through iHelp SN Kids

3.  Leave a comment (WITH you email address in it - so we can contact you if you win) and let us know how having the Premium version of Verbally would help the person who would use it.

A winner will be chosen on 6th April 2012

ENDED - Giveaway: ZAGG 2 x $25 Gift Vouchers

2 x $25 ZAGG Gift Cards

ZAGG are supporting iHelp SN Kids App & Prize Party by giving away 2 x $25 Gift Cards !!!  This competition is open worldwide and you can enter via the Rafflecopter below or by clicking on the COMPETITIONS  tab on our Facebook page.

ZAGG have soooooo many products that you could use this $25 to go towards!  You could join 30+ Million others and buy an Invisible Shield for your device, or a skin (which you can customize or choose from a plethora of ZAGG designs), a case, a keyboard for your Tablet, headphones, cleaning kit, etc etc.   They have HEAPS of top-grade, useful products.

*One $25 (USD) Gift Card per winner

Check out their scratch testing on their Invisible Shield for the iPad 2

How to get an advantage in our Rafflecopter comps

Over the next week we will be doing a lot of competitions through Rafflecopter.  You can read more about Rafflecopter HERE.

We have all of our Rafflecopters (except for the Trident Kraken II iPad2 Case) set up this week so that after you do the mandatory initial entries (liking iHelp + the developer/business) you will then be able to gain extra entries by various ways (such as follow someone on twitter, Tweet about the comp etc).

One of the extra things you can do is donate $5 or more to either Bailey our Feature Member or St Josephs Primary - our Feature School you can then gain 


into ALL Rafflecopter.  This would give you a huge advantage over the rest of the people entering.  

Developers! If your app has been reviewed by SMART APPS FOR KIDS and you'd like to display a nifty badge like this one, let them know!

ENDED - Giveaway: Jellystone Designs Owl Necklaces

Jellystone Designs have kindly given us 7 of these Owls to give away on Facebook - 1 for each day of our App & Prize Party!   They are available in AQUA TIFFANY, EGGPLANT, FUSHIA BUBBLEGUM, PEAPOD GREEN, SCARLET RED, SNOW WHITE, STORMY GREY, TEAL BLUE.  
We have chosen 1 colour for each day - you just have to be the first person to guess on our FB post with the exact colour of the day & you win !!  ie: eggplant is correct - purple is incorrect.    Once you have commented please head over and thank them for supporting iHelp!

You can find their full range HERE

ENDED - Giveaway: $10 iTunes Gift Card

For a chance to win a $10 iTunes card go and ‘Like’ Little Learning Tots + comment on THIS post “I LIKE LITTLE LEARNING TOTS”. Winner drawn by in approx 24 hrs.

Follow our blog by email - you will receive 1 email a day to keep you up-to-date about the giveaways.

ENDED - Giveaway: Felt Board by Software Smoothie

Smoothie anyone???  A Software Smoothie that is !! 

Our Friends at Software Smoothie have donated 5 codes for their fantastic app that we love,

Felt Board !

With Felt Board you can create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings, and props for hours of magical make-believe play. And because it's an APP, the pieces will NEVER get lost.
Whether used by children as a creative play set, or by adults as a story telling resource and teaching aid, Felt Board offers a variety of benefits for children.

Here are some pics that Nat from iHelp Admin did up.....

Enter the competition for a code for "Felt Board" below using Rafflecopter or on our COMPETITIONS tab on Facebook.  If you can't wait to get it, buy it through iTunes for just $1.99 (AUD) HERE

ENDED - Giveaway: Chore Pad

WOOHOO!!!  We have 5 codes for Chore Pad HD to give away!!  

I rave about Chore Pad to ALL parents (who will listen to me!) not just Special Needs parents.
  The Chore Pad website has detailed Quickstart information including screen shots, FAQ's, they explain the features and are easily contactable for support.  All for YOU !!!

Here is a review by Smart Apps For Kids  who rated it 4 STARS out of 5!!! -  CHORE PAD REVIEW  

If you have no luck winning it this week, do yourself a favour and buy it!! Chore Pad HD on iTunes

Enter via Rafflecopter below or on our Facebook Page- 1 code only per winner

ENDED - Giveaway: iPad 2 !!!!!

Win an iPad 2 16gb WiFi !!!

We are super excited to be able to offer this amazing prize of an iPad2 to say THANK YOU to each and every one of our 'likers' that have joined us in the past 2 months.  The main aim of iHelp SN Kids is to showcase people who are showing initiative by fundraising to purchase an iPad or other Specialised Equipment for their child with Special Needs.  

Seeing as most of our applications are for iPad fundraisers we thought we would give one away!!  

PRIZE:  iPad2 16gb WiFi
ENTER:  Via Rafflecopter below or on iHelp SN Kids Facebook page
OPEN: Worldwide


For the week of the App & Prize Party we are trialing something new. We will have a Feature School!!

St Josephs Primary School situated in Alstonville, AUSTRALIA has 220 students enrolled plus 18 students in the ASPECT Satellite Classes (Autism-Specific Special School) which are on-site.
More than 10% of the students enrolled at St Josephs have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and all 18 of the students in the ASPECT classes have an IEP as well. This is quite a high percentage of kids with Special Needs kids to be at one school.

iPads would help these Special Needs kids and the rest of the students at St Josephs with their curriculum and allow them to have a bit of educational fun at lunch time in the Library.

St Josephs is my (Lisa M) childrens school. They are two of the children on IEP's there and when my third child starts there next year, she too will be on an IEP. My 3 kids have Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Below is the link to Chipin. Donating $5 or more to St Josephs or our Feature Member Bailey will count to gain 25 extra entries in all of our Rafflecopters.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We're Overwhelmed - Thank you

Today marks the day that we hit our first big milestone - 1000 FB Like's !!  Thank you to everyone who shared our page in order to get more people to support us..... or was it the fact that we are now able to give away an iPad2 ??!!

We are all working extremely hard at iHelp SN Kids to organize our first ever App & Prize Party!! 
 This IS a group effort, but a super-special "shout out" goes to Nat who is well known to put in 110%   (and I hope she doesn't know how to edit the blog because she'll delete this comment straight away and get up me because we are a team!!)

iHelp have been taken by surprise at the amount of developers and businesses who have agreed to support our page over the past fortnight.  We have even had several instances where businesses and developers have actively seeked US out requesting to take part in our App & Prize Party to show their support for what we are doing!!

  It has truly been overwhelming and humbling to say the least that so many of you believe in and support what we are doing for the Special Needs community world-wide!  

We did not set out to have an App party - it didn't even cross our minds initially.  We sent a heap of emails out to our favourite developers and businesses and in a day or two were inundated with positive responses and suddenly had all of these codes and offers of merchandise.  We were taken aback by the amount of positive responses.  

What was also nice about reading the responses was that a lot of those who were unable to donate anything took the time to send us words of encouragement - which was equally appreciated.  It's what keeps us going!!  

Finally, we take our hats off to ANYBODY who has organized an App party in the past... 
and please be kind to us during the week starting 31st April because we are rookies who are trying our hardest to make this a huge success !!!

Here is a list (in alphabetical order because I'm pedantic about things like that) of those who will be taking part in our App and Prize party in some way - big or small - we appreciate all of you equally.  This list is by no means a complete list because we are still in the process of communicating with some people.

BAILEY - Feature Member 28/03/12

Bailey is our NEW FEATURE MEMBER !! He's 4 years old and has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Global Development Disorder (GDD), Motor Dyspraxia, a speech and communication delay and is awaiting assessment for Autism.

 His mum is raising funds to buy him an iPad and case using the "My Cause" website to help with his Speech an communication, fine motor skills and to use for positive behaviour enforcement (he's known to have challenging behaviour!!). 

Bailey has a hard time fitting in with his peers and his sensory issues affect his day-to-day life.

Best of all......he's a fellow Aussie :) Let's help him get an iPad!! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thank you Ron, Marcel, Janine and everyone else - from Ella

This post is for Ron from Smart Apps for Kids, Marcel from Sight Words Hangman, Janine from Good Karma Apps and everybody else who donated or shared Ella's fundraising page.

Ron and Marcel joined together to finish it off!!!  SHE MADE IT TO 100%!!!!

xxoo  THANK YOU  xxoo

Monday, March 26, 2012

ENDED - Giveaway: Trident Kraken II case


PRIZE: 1 x Blue Trident Kraken II Case for iPad2
ENTER:  via Rafflecopter below or COMPETITIONS tab on FB
OPEN: Worldwide

This competition is a 'THANK YOU'  to those of you who have taken the time to visit our new Blog and a special treat to those who have signed up to Follow our blog by email.  It's important to follow us by email if you want to stay up-to-date with all of the giveaways at our week-long App & Prize Party starting 31st March.

We want you to share this awesome giveaway with your friends, family and colleagues on Facebook & Twitter etc 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

ENDED - Giveaway: Abilipad by Appy Therapy

Codes for Abilipad 

Abilipad was recently named by Eric Sailers' in his top 3 Apps!!!  With good reason too -  It is such a versatile App which combines the functionality of a note pad with word prediction, text-to-speech, and a customisable keyboard, putting advance writing tools within everyone's reach.  

If you want more information about what Abilipad does, you can read about it on iTunes.  

We have 5 codes to give away - go and 'Like' Appy Therapy on Facebook - we will hand out a code each time their 'Likes' increase by 10.  To be considered for a code please comment on this Blog post why you want /need Abilipad.  They are at 290 likes now.

Also, If you know of someone else who could benefit by having Abilipad - let them know about this great Giveaway and get them to like Appy Therapy too!!

Here's the video with Eric Sailers - he mentions Abilipad at about 7min 50 - but it's all interesting to watch :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

ENDED - Giveaway: The Tortoise and the Hare REMATCH!

The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! is part of the Tickle Books® line of touchable animated children’s books from See Here Studios, combining the quality of traditional printed children’s books with the engaging features of digital media to nurture a life-long love of reading. 

They have given us 5 codes to give away !!  

If you are not fortunate enough to win a copy, head on over to iTunes and invest $0.99 for one of the best interactive books you'll ever see. 

ENDED - Giveaway: Penelope the Purple Pirate

Just wanted to let you know that Penelope will go on sale in iTunes  ($.99 for both versions) from March 23rd through March 26th pm to help support National Purple Day which was started to help promote epilepsy awareness.  Here is the link to the organization:
Penelope is having a big National Purple Day Giveaway right now with prizes that include: a PURPLE Hello Kitty Build-a-Bear, two signed copies of Penelope, $10 iTunes gift card and loads of promo codes from participating developers!  Party starts Monday night (come by!) around 6pm PST and the winners will be randomly selected from the entries.

Penelope the Purple Pirate has kindly given us 3 signed copies of her book to give away :)  Enter via Rafflecopter and then head on over and thank her for supporting iHelp SN Kids.  Keep an eye out on our Facebook page  because we might just have some codes for this to give away soon too  - Good luck me hearties..

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ella - Feature Member - 14/03/12

NEW FEATURE MEMBER!!! This beautiful little girl is Ella and she is 4 yrs old. She was recently diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Variant Syndrome. Having this syndrome affects her speech & hearing, growth, fine and gross motor skills plus there is a possibility she is having seizures. Everybody that she meets falls in love with her spirit and caring personality (not just because she is cheek-pinching cute!!) Having an iPad will help her improve her fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, using repetitive educational apps will help her retain information, teach her new concepts such as size, numbers, colours and broaden her vocabulary. PLEASE HELP this little girl reach her full potential by Chipping In (link below) $1 or more for an iPad and rugged case. You can donate as little as $1 to help Ella by clicking on the Chipin Button below or by sharing this Blog post on Facebook or Twitter - Thanks very much :)