Reviews and Success Stories
Alex Bogorad is a speech-language pathologist at a middle school in Northern California. She works with students with Autism and learning disabilities and has been using Clicker Docs with two of her students.
“Monica tends to rush through her work. When Monica is using Clicker Docs, however she appears calm, she stays in her seat and she takes her time crafting her sentences. This is likely due to the fact that after each sentence, Monica will listen to what she wrote and go back and edit it because she heard the mistakes spoken out loud.”
Assistive technology consultant and blogger Brian tells us why he is recommending Clicker Docs to the school districts he works with.
“As with all the Clicker Apps, the User Interface in Clicker Docs is both intuitive and inviting to the students, and the ability to customize the environment to a student’s needs is critical for many of the facilitators that I work with.”
Helen Bligh, the school’s Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager, tells us how they have been using Clicker Docs and Clicker Books to support two pupils who have cerebral palsy.
“What’s great about Clicker Docs is that not only does it help to develop the children’s literacy skills, but also their confidence, because they are able to write with a degree of independence. Rachel and Johnny work with a number of different Teaching Assistants, and all have found the app very easy to just pick up and use. We have to make quite specific resources to meet the children’s learning needs, so it’s vital that we have a product that delivers this degree of flexibility and ease-of-use.”
School SENCo Liz Mann is using Clicker Docs with children from Year 2 to Year 6, with a particular focus on Year 6 reluctant writers.
“They’ve got the independence to just go ahead and do it themselves without relying on an adult to prompt them. In particular I can think of one child who wrote an amazing piece on Greek mythology after we downloaded a word bank from LearningGrids…”
Ros is a Literacy Boosters Consultant. Here, she shares how she has been using Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs to support a number of struggling readers and writers she works with.
“Pupil M is in Year 3, of above average intelligence, and was referred to me as he is dyslexic and his reluctance to record information is seen through behavioural issues. He has made tremendous progress with me and while he enjoys using Clicker Docs, he is actually writing more using a pencil now too! He quickly gets overwhelmed due to his severe problems with spelling and therefore the use of technology is clearly a motivator.”
The Bridging Apps team aims to help caregivers and professionals choose the best apps to enhance everyday life for people with disabilities. Take a look at their review of Clicker Docs.
“Crick Software gets it “Write” yet again! Clicker Docs is another app in the series of apps designed by Crick Software targeting writing skills. Clicker Docs is designed to develop writing skills for all abilities, and works really well with students that are struggling writers and building basic writing fluency skills. The app first presents the user with a clean, organized, and inviting interface that you come to expect with apps by Crick Software.”
Parent and teacher Anne Helsby gives Clicker Docs the site’s top rating of 5 stars.
“The Clicker Docs app is a great resource to use with any child who is developing their writing skills and is particularly suitable for those who have dyslexia or are reluctant writers. My own 8 year old is a reluctant writer and she delighted in writing and listening back to her own story using the app. She found it particularly useful to review and check her writing by herself…”
This review includes a detailed ‘report card’ and looks specifically at how Clicker Docs can be used to support children with ASD.
“It makes it infinitely easier to get words on paper, helps with spelling, and takes some of the chore of writing away. The word banks help generate thoughts and keep kids on topic, which results in better work product, which translates to improved grades and a nice boost in self-confidence”
Jill Goodman’s final review for Smart Apps for Kids focusses on Clicker Docs. She gives the app an impressive 5 stars.
“Pretty much every goal on my ASD son’s IEP could be addressed using this one app. It is a tremendous time saver for teachers, parents and therapists. It supports those with a wide range of abilities, and as confidence increases, the level of support can be dialled back. Even those without identified special needs can benefit.”
This website reviews a range of technology used by Occupational Therapists. Carol Leynse Harpold gives her verdict on Clicker Docs.
“Clicker Docs, like Clicker Sentences, is suited to the unique needs of students with literacy challenges. The provision of word prediction, text to speech and word banks is unique to only a few apps at the present time. Ease of use of the apps is at the heart of [Crick’s] app development, understanding the daily limitations of time faced by teachers and therapists.”