In an effort to motivate children to learn, and allow them to learn at home at ease, we have produced a series of mobile apps & computer games for the reference of parents and peer professionals.
This app is developed by Heep Hong Society’s ‘Read and Write: A Jockey Club Learning Support Network’ Project Team (which comprises educational psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, early childhood education consultant and social worker) for K2 to junior primary school children. The children can strengthen their language foundation through playing the engaging games and develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing competences. The game takes place on three islands on 11 themed lands and includes over 600 activities. The children will become the trooper and venture into different themed lands, taking on listening, speaking, reading and writing challenges waged by the animals. The app is also equipped with ‘expert advice’, ‘story station’ and demonstration videos such as ‘stroke order exercise’ to teach children language knowledge and learning tips. This easy-to-use app works best together with The Language Learning Package for Pre-primary Children and The Guide to Language Development of Pre-primary Children for Parents. The effectiveness study showed that well-designed, interesting games can reinforce children’s language foundation, improve their learning motivation and enhance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. It is most effective for children with emerging difficulties in reading and writing. This app runs on mobile phones and tablets. It is available in Android and iOS versions for free. Download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store by searching the keyword ‘Heep Hong Society’. (The app is available in Chinese only)
Designed by the physiotherapist team of the Society, the ‘Touch and Swipe’ app includes 10 games for increasing children’s motivation in performing physical activities. Children with severe intellectual disabilities and limited body control can easily play the audio-visual games with simple ‘touch and swipe’ – just as the name suggests. The games incorporate elements of training in various areas such as visual-motor and auditory-motor, basic cognition, social interaction and emotional development. The vivid images and sound effects will keep children engaged and interested. Parents, teachers and rehabilitation therapists will find this app useful not only in training children’s physical abilities but also in helping children learn about everyday life. As some children have difficulties with body control, concentration or verbal understanding, adult assistance may be required when using the ‘Touch and Swipe’ app. Adults should ensure that the children are using the tablets properly and safely. The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store by searching the keywords ‘Heep Hong Society’. (The app is available in Chinese only)
The SCERTS team of Heep Hong Society developed the Social Emotion App based on the framework of the SCERTS Model. The app gives professionals and parents flexibility in using training materials, as well as the interactive tools to spur children’s interest in learning different types of emotions and emotion regulation methods. It has the following tools and features: Visual aids: Timetable, procedures, task list, timer, waiting spinner, selection table, general regulation tips, drawing pad Emotional regulation tools: Emotion cue cards, animations, stories, emotion thermometer, key-ringed emotion cue cards, games Customised features: Cantonese or Mandarin audio; Traditional or Simplified Chinese; drawing tools and camera for making new cards The Social Emotion App is available for free on iPad and Android tablet. Download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store now by searching the keywords ‘Heep Hong Society’. To learn more about the functions and use of this app, please refer to this user manual. For better results, trainers and parents can consult the SCERTS Model Implementation Guide. (This app is available in Chinese only)
Heep Hong Society launches the first executive function training app in Hong Kong — The ADHD Hero — to help children improve their attention span and learning ability. Developed by an educational psychologist and occupational therapist of Heep Hong Society, the ADHD Hero is a gaming app designed to train 6-12 years old children in executive functions. Executive functions in a broad sense refer to the abilities to control, organise and execute a series of actions to achieve a predetermined goal. Inhibition, working memory and set-shifting are three of the most important executive functions which affect children’s development of self-control and self-regulation, and consequently the higher-level executive functions (e.g. planning and organsational abilities). Research suggests that weak executive functioning is the core problem of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Therefore, to help children with AD/HD, training should target their executive functions. With 60 diverse games, vivid animation and a reward system, The ADHD Hero aims at enhancing children’s ability to focus and learn through training their inhibition ability and working memory. The app is most suitable for children aged 6-12 with AD/HD while other children can also use the app to train their executive functions ability. The ADHD Hero in full version includes all 60 activities with training records and analysis reports available (login account required). Priced at HKD$68, it is now available for download from Apple App Store by entering the key words 'Heep Hong Society' or ‘The ADHD Hero’. A paid verion is now available on Android tablet. A lite version for trial is also available. The Blue Planet in the game is hit by heavy pollution and has fallen ill. Let us eliminate the contaminants and save the ailing Blue Planet! For enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (This app is available in Chinese only)
- Free (LITE version)
Children need to learn the basic social etiquette and acquire the ability to adapt to different people and environment so that they can integrate into society. Children with developmental disorders often feel uneasy and find it challenging to adapt to social situations. In order to help these children, the Special Child Care Worker team of Heep Hong Society developed the Happy Community iPad App, which stores five social stories, including 'dentist appointment’, 'dining at Chinese restaurants’, 'taking public transport’, 'going to the cinema’ and ‘playing at the park’, and the accompanying sequence cards and picture cards. The Happy Community App offers a number of customised features. Teachers and parents will be able to provide individualised social adaptation training for the children anytime. The user can make as many as eight picture cards and rearrange the sequence of the cards anytime, select Cantonese or Mandarin, and traditional or simplified Chinese. The app is also suitable for mainstream kindergartens to use in thematic teaching. The App is now available for use from Apple's App Store by entering key words such as 'Heep Hong Society', 'Happy Community’ or ‘social adaptation’. You can simply click here for the Lite Version and click here for the Full Version. The App is available in Chinese only.
- Free (LITE version) ; HK$15 (Full version)
The Problem Solving Kit App was developed by Heep Hong Society to prepare children for possible changes and emergency situations by improving their problem-solving skills through interactive games. Children with autism and related disabilities often get stuck or irritated in the face of unforeseeable incidents and sudden changes in daily routines. With good problem-solving skills, children can adapt to changing environment and perform better in learning, social interaction and emotion regulation. The Problem Solving Kit app covers four scenarios, including daily life, school, emergency situations and social interaction, to help children learn how to overcome the problems by themselves through the simulated games. The App is now available for use from Apple's App Store. It can be searched by entering key words, such as 'Heep Hong Society' or 'Problem Solving Kit'. You can simply click here for the Lite Version and click here for the Full Version.
- Free (LITE version)
A child’s writing ability could be affected by numerous factors, including visual-perceptual and visual-motor coordination abilities. If a child’s handwriting is full of mistakes, such as disproportionate components, clumsy pencil manipulation,missing characters and missing strokes, it might be attributed to his poor visual perceptual and visual-motor coordination abilities. The Pre-writing Fun Journey app is the first of its kind developed by occupational therapists in Hong Kong. It is specifically designed to address the training needs of a child in areas of visual-perceptual and visual-motor coordination abilities. It includes 720 pre-writing activities, with 3 difficulty levels in 6 categories, including (i) form discrimination; (ii) figure-ground perception; (iii) spatial relations; (iv) visual closure; (v) visual sequencing and memory; and (vi) visual-motor coordination. Through the use of interactive games, and various visual and auditory stimulating effects, it serves to help children develop important pre-writing skills required for their later learning. The ‘Pre-writing Fun Journey’ app won the ‘Best Digital Inclusion (Product / Application) Certificate of Merit’ in Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014 in recognition of its effectiveness in laying solid foundations for the development of handwriting skills of children of different abilities. It is available for downloading from Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store by entering key words, such as ‘Heep Hong Society’ or ‘Pre-writing Fun Journey’.
The Speech Therapy Team of Heep Hong Society is happy to launch an application entitled ‘LetSTalk’, which is designed to help children with autism express their needs and integrate into the community. It includes 350 pictures of common vocabularies, sentence-making function, customised storage of pictures and vocabularies, etc. With the aid of the application, autistic children can communicate with others anytime they wish. The application has been tested in the Society's service centres during its development. Parents who had tried it were impressed by its user-friendly design. Its extensive stock of pictures and sentence-making function also serve to motivate children to express their emotions and needs, and to build their confidence in communicating with others. The ‘LetSTalk’ app won the 'Best Digital Inclusion (Product / Application) Certificate of Merit in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013 for its contribution towards helping children with autism communicate with others. 'LetSTalk’ is now available for use, and for free! Download the application from Apple iTunes Store and Play Store now! It can be searched by entering key words, such as ‘協康會' or ‘語你同行'.