For some kids, going to the doctor involves nail biting, nerves, and even tantrums. Transitions and new experiences are difficult for many children, and using stories through technology can help prepare children for occasions like trips to the doctor’s office.
Choco Gets a Check Up is a photo story featuring a class of special needs children and their class bunny, Choco. The app features highlighted words (an option which you can disable) to help beginning readers, and through the story, children learn going to doctor maybe isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Choco Gets a Check Up uses pictures of a real-life check up. Designed by PicPocket Books, the app is meant to bring quality literature through digital media.
The app promotes early learning and literacy skills, and it works much like a real paper book. Flip through each page of the book by swiping your finger across the screen. A voice narrates the story while each word is highlighted as it is read. The mixture of the audio and visual text stimulates learners of many styles, and it works well for early readers and is enjoyable for learners of all ages.
Choco Gets a Check Up features high-quality photos and audio, and the user can tap each word to hear it spoken aloud. Following the story, reading and discussion questions are available to help reading with your children and helping them transfer the ideas in the story to their own experiences. The app provides a great way for you to help your child prepare for a trip to the doctor’s office.
PicPocket Books is a member of Moms with Apps, an organization dedicated to promoting quality and family-friendly apps. Choco Gets a Check Up is available for $2.99.