An update which adds iOS7 support and fixes issues with image import from the camera and camera roll is due any day now...
The current version of Light Box is also now available as a free Windows and MacOSX app from the SEN Teacher website.
An App update is available from the Amazon Android Appstore and Google Play - this updates performance and increases the number of Android and Kindle devices supported.
Light Box for the Amazon Android/Kindle Appstore is free app of the day in Germany.
Light Box for the Amazon Android/Kindle Appstore is free app of the day in Japan.
Light Box is a developmental touch skills app for iPad and Android devices which was created for a group of teenagers with complex needs including visual impairments, autism and severe intellectual disabilities.
The app has also been getting a lot of use subsequently by much younger children with and without special needs.
Light Box provides 21 abstract scenes which encourage the exploration of different touches, taps and gestures. There are no formal activities, tests or tasks, just simple interactive scenes to play with and manipulate.
Version 2.0 adds several new features:
"My daughter is autistic and this app is AMAZING! We play this daily! teaches cause and effect, good music, great concept and graphics"
"This app is wonderfully designed as an engagement tool to encourage sustained attention to task and a variety of touchscreen access skills. It's also one of the most visually lovely apps on Play!
"Great app! - Was really impressed with this app especially as it was very cheap. Brought this for my severely disabled son which he will enjoy as he loves this type of thing :)"
"Excellent Touch and Sound app for SEN - This is an excellent touch and sound app for SEN pupils, the graphics and ideas are well thought out and executed. Really looking forward to using this in school next week!"
"I'll be Sure to Share This One - I work with students with special needs who have severe cognitive disabilities........This app is close to perfect"
"I am so pleased to find a developer has started to think about some specific special apps that could be used not only with special learners, but could be enjoyed by others too.
If you already have a projector or large display setup, a $99 Apple TV box is a safe, tidy and cheap way of using iOS apps like this immersively in multi-sensory rooms - see AirPlay Mirroring.
You can also use AirPlay Mirroring to share your iPad display with Windows and OSX computers using Reflection. Fast wi-fi is essential, but this application is cheap and works really well - it even allows you to record video.