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Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital

Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: Infant - 4 yrs.
Developer: Luca Lashes LLC
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

For children who have a loved one in the hospital, this app could be a constructive or helpful tool. Luca Lashes apps are interactive storytime modules that enable children and grown-ups to move through the story at will, backwards and forwards, while making all of the visible objects interactive for children. The text and voice over are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese and each word is highlighted when spoken. Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital is especially helpful for children who are learning to process a loved one's illness and the procedures that come with it.

The basic story of this app is that Luca's mother is in the hospital with an "owie" and Luca is visiting her with his father. The plot follows Luca as he processes his emotions of being sad that his mother is not home with him and is sick, and of being intimidated of the hospital and what happens there. Luca's dad helps him to deal with the situation by holding his hand, encouraging him to spend time making a card to bring to his mother and reassuring Luca that his mom will be home soon. Each page includes objects that animate and give explanations on touch, such as when Luca runs to his mom and kisses her head as she is lying in a hospital bed attached to various devices with an IV, the IV and other devices can be clicked to provide explanations. A helpful list at the end of the story suggests learning the rules of a specific hospital before a visit, preparing a child in advance and encouraging the child to ask questions or at least share their feelings after the visit.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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Luca Lashes LLC
Available on iTunes

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