It’s time for the third edition of the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight, and this time we’re featuring Christie Dwyer from The Appy Ladies! Christie had the opportunity to take a peek at Oh, the Pets You Can Get! from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Series. Read on to find out how she inspires her kids to read, what apps she can’t live without, and more!
Oceanhouse Media (OM): When did you launch your website? How has it evolved since the beginning?
Christie Dwyer (CD): The page was launched 12 months ago by a group of women from around the world. We come from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers, specialists, therapists and parents. Although from different backgrounds and countries, we all have a strong interest in Special Needs and have the same focus, which is a desire to provide information about apps and accessories, to support for people with special needs and their carers, families and educators. The website is supported by a FaceBook Page, Twitter, Google and Pinterest boards.
OM: What is the mission or goal of your site?
CD: To support Caregivers, Parents, and Educators by sharing information in an accessible and fun way. We provide app and accessory reviews, interviews with developers about apps, and of course our never-ending giveaways. We also provide general information such as contacts relating to specific disabilities, State and National support services, and employment services for people with disabilities.
OM: What inspires your kids to read?
CD: My two very young children have each been listening to family members read since before they were born. As a teacher by trade, I know that the most effective way to inspire the love of books is by reading aloud to them, especially at an early age. Reading takes them on adventures they may not be able to encounter otherwise!
OM: What inspires you to read? What book (non-children’s) are you reading right now?
CD: I get inspired when it’s about pertinent topics to me that I can apply to my everyday life. I don’t have as much time to read non-children’s books, but I’m currently reading a Mary Higgins Clark mystery novel.
OM: Do you remember the first app you ever downloaded?
CD: Total Baby, as I was pregnant with my first child when the apps came out.
OM: What is the favorite bedtime story at your house right now?
CD: My baby loves Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton books. My preschooler loves to read the Frog & Toad series as well as Curious George stories before bedtime.
OM: If you were stranded on a desert island, which piece of technology would you want to have with you?
CD: My iPhone (and possibly a solar charger!)
OM: What app can you not live without?
CD: For the last few years, Total Baby has been my go-to app. But Facebook has been handy too.
OM: Do you have any pets? If so, what are they?
CD: Yes, my family has two cats.
OM: If you could be another animal for one day, what would you be?
CD: I would be some type of bird, so I could fly!
Thank you very much to Christie and all the wonderful people at The Appy Ladies for participating! Stay tuned for more spotlights!