Snap Reviews... 

SNAP reviews a selection of books, technology, apps - anything we come across that we think might be useful to you. 

Snap Book Review - "Creative, Successful, Dyslexia"

Author:  Margaret Rooke.  Forward By:  Molly King
Published By: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

I don’t have dyslexia myself, but I have friends and colleagues who do. I can imagine that every one of them would have really appreciated this book at some point in their lives.
The book is comprised of honest, thoughtful and inspirational stories from 23 mainly well-known, high achievers; how they have succeeded not despite their dyslexia, but really because of it. I was interested to see that the second story was written by Ed Baines who owns Randall & Aubin, which happens to be my favourite London restaurant!
While many, if not most of the writers recalled very difficult times, especially at school, these experiences helped them become more resilient, focused and determined. Their dyslexia provided different coping strategies and creative ways of thinking that enabled them to flourish in their field.
A common thread running through the book, was that the writers accepted their limitations and learned to be excellent delegators.


“For me, in my life, dyslexia has been
a little bit of a blessing. It has helped me
find strength and directed me towards
what I really wanted to do” Darcey Bussell

The stories are written in a very clear, straight forward style that is easy to read, entertaining and interesting. These personal stories are at times both funny and incredibly poignant. I could imagine a parent reading through these stories with their dyslexic child; giving the parent a fantastic insight into dyslexia, acknowledging the challenges the child may face and the practical and emotional support needed, while delivering a very strong, encouraging message to that child.

Thankfully schools, educators and care professionals today are much more enlightened and aware of dyslexia. Books like this will go a long way to creating a much deeper understanding of dyslexia, highlighting the many positive aspects - if the individual is given the right support and encouragement and they are acceptance as ‘different thinkers’.

"All my struggles had turned out to be an advantage.
I found out after I left school that whenever there
were difficulties, I could deal with them. I had a mind
that immediately knew how to look for solutions"  Theo Paphitis


A fabulous book I would highly recommend! Sally at Snap Care 




BeSpecular - Let a blind person see through your eyes

I came across BeSpecular on twitter (@BeSpecular ) and thought what a great idea; an app that allows blind or visually impaired people (or VIPs - great acronym!) to ask a question - any question a sighted person can help them with. VIPs take a photo of what they need information about and send out their recorded question. The sighted person listens to the question, takes a look at the photo and either records a message back or types one. 

Each message has a pop up that asks if the person sending the question (and no doubt replying) is polite, so inappropriate users can be screened out. 

So I downloaded the app and here's my SNAP Review:

It is extremely easy to get started; download the app to your smart phone, type in a few details and you're ready. I eagerly waited for my first question. Nothing came for a couple of hours and then 3 requests one after the other. I confirmed yes, a pair of socks were both white, described the colour of a jumper and read the label of a tin of food. 

It takes a few seconds to answer a question and you can ignore any requests if you want to; someone else will answer. 

I really like the ease of use, it's been well thought through and yes, it feels good to be able to help. As a seeing person I take my eyesight for granted just as I'm sure many people do, this great app makes you realise how lucky you are - and how difficult even the simplest of tasks can be without sight. 

One of the things I really like about BeSpecular, is that the conversations are polite, but they are functional; you don't get the impression the blind user feels they have to be super grateful; it makes asking for assistance very easy, as it should be.

Well done BeSpecular - a great app and fab bit of technology that I hope is of real benefit to VIPs. 

Reviewed by Sally at SNAP



The Cookbook for Children with Special Needs

Are you missing the Great British Bake Off?  How about getting busy in the kitchen with your children to learn life skills with fun, tasty, healthy recipes?

This fully-illustrated book introduces children with special needs to the fundamentals of food preparation, healthy eating and cookery skills. Recipes pitched at three increasing levels of difficulty cover a wide range of skills making the book suitable for all abilities. 

Learning to cook not only equips children with a valuable life skill, but will help boost self-esteem in other areas of their lives.

The book starts with a basic illustrated guide to where food comes from, the different food groups, how to create our own diet and why cooking is a great skill to master. Simple, step-by-step instructions accompanied by fun illustrations, guide children through three levels of cooking, starting with fundamental basics including the preparation of a wide variety of different foods, and building up to more complex recipes. Health and safety skills are taught as an essential part of the cooking activity and healthy eating habits are reinforced throughout.
Reviewed by Ruth at SNAP

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