OUR FAVORITE APPS FOR i-PAD
1 on 1: Communicate Easy
Communicate Easy provides a great way to communicate with non verbal individuals using picture cards on the iPad. This special needs / autism app allows you to create a fully customizable library of picture / video cards complete with sounds. The cards can be used for choice making, visual prompts (such as “we are going out in the car now”), or grouped together to form a schedule (such as “getting dressed” or “toilet training”).
This app was made for those caregivers with children living with autism or other special needs. A take off of flash cards used by many parent who communicate with their children. With a tap of the screen (the tiles slide back and forth and flip) the parents/caregivers are alerted to a special need and you can customize the alert to fit your lifestyle and urgency.
All About Me
All About Me is an application offering picture and text support to individuals learning their personal information. Twelve icons representing the child’s name, address, birthday, home address, telephone number, family members names, pets, school, friends, favorite items, things I like, places I go and computer favorites are all included. These icons can be individualized with written text, audio and personal photos for added visual support.
Avakid: See Me Go Potty
This unique potty training app provides a simple menu to create a cartoon avatar that physically resembles your child/children, and then enables your child to repeatedly play the Go Potty narrative showing him/herself successfully complete the whole process of using the potty step by step. There is also an accident scene. The layout is intentionally simple and free of distractions so your child’s attention will be focused on him/herself using the potty. The app includes 15 actionable potty training tips including concrete advice about preparation, behavioral reinforcement, behavioral shaping, when to continue vs. take a break, and more.
augie, now available on the Apple App Store, is an easy to use voice output augmented communication app for the iPad and iPad 2. augie serves anyone in need of a portable AAC solution that is specifically designed for functional communication. augie users recommend it for people of all ages in need of customized functional communication support.
Autism Language Learning
Autism Language Learning is a series of language apps designed by a speech/language pathologist to improve the understanding and use of language in ALL children. These apps were designed especially for children on the autism spectrum; however, any child with a language impairment will benefit from using these apps. Many of the language apps for autism are communication tools. However, this autism language app is a teaching tool.
Behavior Tracker Pro
Behavior Tracker Pro is an iPhone/iPod Touch application that allows BCBAs, behavioral therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and graph them. The application was specifically designed to support the behavioral treatment plans for children with Autism.
ChoiceBoard Maker is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.
The Choiceworks app is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, & night), understand & control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting). Based on the multi-award winning Choiceworks Visual Support System, this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child’s independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at home and in the community.
Communicating Basic Needs App
Special Learning, Inc.’s Communicating Basic Needs App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is a clever tool which makes it easy for non-verbal children to let parents, teachers and caregivers what they want quickly and easily. At the same time it helps the child learn what words mean and what they sound like in an entertaining way, holding the child’s interest and keeping him or her busy for long periods of time. Communicating Basic Needs App makes use of colorful and attractive real images and customizable real voices for easy application to everyday life settings.
The Conversation Coach is designed to help players learn the back and forth flow of normal conversation. Typically, most low and high-tech communication tools only enable one-way conversations. For example, a student might point to a picture of an apple, and then he receives an apple. There is no normal back and forth exchange. Using the Conversation Coach, you can keep the volley going.
Dance Party Zoo by FizzBrain
Many children need practice is balance, coordination and rhythm. Dance Party Zoo is a fun way to do it! This fun dancing game helps children practice basic motor and balance skills.
Designed to meet the paperwork intensive needs of Autism support staff including Teachers, Counselors, Administration Staff, and more. Use your Smartphone or Tablet to collect key information such as Time, Probe, Duration and Frequency Data, as well as Curriculum Planning, Classroom Observation and more using this application.
EASe Personal Listening Therapy
EASe Personal: Listening therapy program promotes sensory processing in children with autism and others with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Lite and Pro versions also available.
Fizz Brain: Quality Learning Games by Real Classroom Teachers
Developed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, these iPhone application games help children practice eye contact and expand their minds while earning fun rewards and playing creatively.
Game Factory’s new release is a hybrid match and flash card game that allows parents to upload their own images and choose the concepts they want their kids to learn. Our app is unique because it allows you to become an active part of your children’s education
Grace Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People
A simple picture exchange system developed By and For non-verbal people allowing the user to communicate their needs by building sentences from relevant images. It can be customized by the individual using their picture and photo vocabulary with the user taking and saving pictures independently to the app.
Happi Papi Apps
Happi Reads is the game for beginning reading/sight word practice. Match a word with one of three pictures. Earn fruit you can “eat”. Healthy and fun! Happi Spells is a mini-crossword puzzle game where you drag tiles to complete the puzzles. Vivid, original artwork and hours and hours of content.
I am a child: Just Like You
Ever wonder what it was like to be a child with Asperger’s syndrome? Whether you or a friend has been diagnosed, this all-new interactive book is an excellent resource to understand what life with Asperger’s is like.
The iAssist Communicator was designed for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Unlike other iPhone – iPod Touch applications, the iAssist Communicator is specifically focused on the needs of young learners and individuals on the autism spectrum and others who are more cognitively challenged. With the unique needs of these individuals in mind, the application incorporates photos rather than more abstract drawings, larger images and functional language.
Create pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. Converts any words with Text to Speech that do not have custom audio recorded. We include 100+ pictures(first 5 have audio) to get you started. Add pictures with your camera, or from your camera roll, or use online image search. Utilize as audio visual prompting tool or AAC device.
One of the first apps developed for Apple’s new iPad is a tool to help autistic people communicate. Called iMean, it turns the entire iPad screen into a large-button keyboard, with text display and word prediction. It allows people who are speech-challenged to communicate their needs and ideas directly, distinctly and independently.
iPrompts is a mobile, visual support aid for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app provides several picture-based prompting tools (no voice output) for caregivers to help individuals transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, and focus on the task at hand.
June Blossom: ABC Coloring Book
Do you want to give your child a head start? Do you want your child to build a solid foundation to excel in school? Early childhood education is vital to a child’s success. At June Blossom, we believe that children learn best through fun and engaging activities. Our goal is to turn a child’s play time seamlessly into an interactive learning environment.
At Kindergarten.com, we believe that every child has the right to quality educational support. It is our goal to provide only the best educational applications to help all children reach their full potential. All of our applications have been created using behavioral techniques that are based on the principles of “Applied Behavior Analysis” (ABA) using a “Verbal Behavior” (VB) technique.
Learning Heroes Animal Sounds
LH Animal Sounds available on iPad and iPhone is a charming and kid-friendly app that introduces to the world of animals. Easy-to-use spinning menu allows to choose one of 44 characters in order to see huge picture of the animal and hear the name and the sound of it narrated with clear and distinct human voice. Developing speaking, hearing and reading abilities children can experience their first amazing journey through the world of animals.
Life Skills Winner
Life Skills Winner teaches social and life skills to autistic and special needs individuals. It does this interactively via a game format. Whenever you complete a step you get points. With those points, you can redeem a prize that the parent/teacher has put in the app (like Candy for 100pts). The parent/teacher gives the prize to the child once it has been redeemed.
Look Again Jr
Based on Smappsoft’s Look Again!, a #1 puzzle game in the iTunes App Store, this fun and challenging puzzle game teaches young children to see and understand the relationships between objects and classify them based on their common usage, colors, shapes, or quantity.
Look in My Eyes: Steam Train
Do you have a young train lover who needs practice with eye contact? Look in My Eyes: Steam Train allows young learners to practice eye contact while earning rides as the engineers of their own steam trains!
The Lost Gorilla – Mom, It’s Me!
With Mom, It’s Me!™, you make your child the STAR of the story. In just a few simple swipes, you can create personalized storybooks that feature your child’s face and sound. Your child will love the great stories, colorful art, and awesome animations.
MetaTouch brings the graphic art of Annette Kitzinger – the designer of the Metacom5 symbol system – to the iPad. It is a non-speaking communication tool available in English, German and French (Spanish coming soon). The MetaTouch symbols are very expressive, consistent, and fun – we provide more than 1200 items (from a collection of 3800) sorted by category. MetaTouch covers both a child’s vocabulary and many terms important to adults. A number of different levels are available to suit your needs.
Model Me Going Places™
Model Me Going Places™ is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior. 6 locations: Hairdresser, Mall, Doctor, Playground, Grocery Store, and Restaurant.
My Healthy Smile
The My Healthy Smile app was developed through a grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to teach children about good oral health and to ease anxieties around dental visits. This app offers 11 audio & visual social scripts to show children what to expect at the dentist and how to have good oral care at home.
My Video Schedule
My Video Schedule is a teacher created, individualized, customizable app with that combines video modeling within a structured schedule while providing positive reinforcement for individuals (children to adults) with autism. This lifetime app has over 200 full videos, short videos and photos which makes fading easy! There are personal care and hygiene videos (such as changing your menstrual pad) which may be embarrassing for others to make, so most of the work was done for you! Other videos include community, home and school! If you would like to add your own photo or video into the app, you have the ability to do so! My Video Schedule makes life easier for the caregiver and the individual on the spectrum!
Express yourself with MyVoice, the smart yet simple communication aid. Overcome speech and language challenges like aphasia and autism through groundbreaking features like location-awareness, downloadable phrase books and wireless customization from any web browser. With its lifelike voices and beautiful interface, MyVoice is the affordable solution you’ve been waiting for.
Panda Pal PECS is an affordable easy to use Photo Exchange Communication System, designed by Kim Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist. This communication system allows verbally-impaired individuals to communicate and improves speech and language skills.
Picture Planner is a day/event planner that uses images with prompts and reminders to help individuals stay on track. Totally customizable and mobile, Picture Planner is viewable on iPad and iPod touch. Create schedules on a desktop and sync to the mobile devices so Picture Planner goes where you go.
Proloquo2Go: AAC In Your Pocket
Proloquo2Go is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch.
Put It Away!
Maintaining a living space is an essential skill in building independence, and can be particularly difficult for individuals with autism or other mental learning disabilities to learn. This app aims to leverage children’s interest and engagement with the iPad to help them learn and reinforce associations between objects and the places in a room they should be put away.
Quick Talk for Android
Quick Talk was designed with a simple mission — to change the world by giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Typical Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and apps are either too expensive or too complicated. We have set out to change this by providing affordable solutions to everyone with access to a phone. We developed Quick Talk with the advice and guidance from parents, teachers, speech therapists, and those who are non-verbal to pack it full of features, while keeping simplicity and cost in mind. The outcome is a one-of-a-kind app that we believe will change many lives.
Once children learn basic phonics, the best activity for reading skills is reading. Now kids can spend more time reading books—on their own or with you—without getting stuck on any words. When they come to a word they don’t know, they type it in the Reading Machine. The Reading Machine doesn’t just tell them the word: first it shows them how the letters and sounds go together, so they can try figuring it out themselves.
This iPad Picture Card learning system makes traditional picture cards obsolete. Selected by Apple for their retail stores and a Top-Ten FREE iPad Education app in 15 countries. Thousands of stunning, high-quality photos, easy to use and highly effective, and designed specifically for those with autism and other special needs. Lessons designed by a Certified Behavior Analyst. FREE in the Apple iTunes store!
Smile at Me
“Smile at Me” is an engaging way to practice smiling in a safe setting – with fun rewards! Some children – particularly those with autism spectrum issues – have difficulty interpreting social cues that signal when a smile is or is not appropriate. “Smile at Me” provides quick repeated practice in interpreting these social cues, and rewards children for practicing appropriate smiling.
Social Skill Builder
Social Skill Builder’s series of innovative software programs use interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living.
Sosh: Improving Social Skills with Children and Adolescents
SoshTM is an approach to social skills based on a decade of work with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with social difficulties. The Sosh framework divides social functioning into five areas essential to social skills development and success: Relate (Connect with Others), Relax (Reduce Stress), Regulate (Manage Behaviors), Reason (Think it Through) and Recognize (Understand Feelings). These “5R’s” serve as a road map for individuals who want to be social, but may have faced obstacles in the past, and also serve as a guide for parents, teachers, and therapists hoping to encourage and assist individuals with their social goals.
Speech Tutor: Pocket SLP
A first of its kind in the field, Speech Tutor brings the latest in technology and animation to the world of speech. The animations inside Speech Tutor take the areas of the face that impede the view of tongue placement and positioning and make them transparent. Now one can literally see inside the mouth as the sounds are being made!
Speech with Milo: Verbs
Created by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, “Speech with Milo: Verbs” offers a versatile and entertaining speech therapy tool for children. The app is for speech therapists working with children, or parents who want to teach language skills to their children. The app offers an enjoyable tool used in therapy at a cheap price.
Splingo’s Language Universe
Designed by specialist Speech and Language Pathologists, Splingo’s Language Universe is a fun, dynamic game which capitalizes on children’s natural fascination with technology to help them develop the listening and language skills that are fundamental to learning. It is uniquely customizable to suit a range of ages and learning abilities, including special needs.
Talking Cards for iPad
In Talking Cards for iPad you create your own personal albums with pictures, texts and sounds for your child. Talking Cards is user friendly and developed for the use of children with all types of disabilities, but additional efforts have been added to also suit children with motor skill disorders. Talking Cards is an excellent tool for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and it was specifically designed for children who are in the early stages of communication, or not yet able to express themselves by forming long sentences.
TapSpeak Choice for iPad
TapSpeak Choice for iPad re-interprets low- to mid-tech communicator for the iPad. It’s a complete communication board editor and player that saves up to 75% of the setup time over conventional devices and virtually eliminates maintenance time.
Tell Me About It!
Tell Me About It! teaches the label, category, function, and features of more than 235 language targets over 6 levels of incremental difficulty. The presentation of each target conforms to an Applied Behavior Analysis program with reinforcement provided by a token economy system. This App is ideal for both parents and educators who are working on teaching children language through ABA/VB teaching methods.
Time Timer Apps
Timed activities, transitions and tests can be stressful for everyone. Use Time Timer apps to create colorful circles that represent time – from 5 seconds to 12 hours. As time elapses, the circle quietly disappears, showing exactly how much time is left and reducing the rush and worry. Your Time Timers can automatically repeat, display time in 4 bright colors, run multiple timers at once, and even teach children how to read a clock! Ideal for visual people with Autism, these Apps help the whole family, classroom and workplace improve time management skills.
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Toca Boca is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all – we do it in a safe way without advertising or in-app purchases.
Touch & Say
Touch & Say provides six simple activities for young children to practice basic social skills including verbalization, emotion recognition, color recognition and following directives. The app is designed for children aged 1-4 as well as children with ASD who may have developmentally delayed social skills. The activities in the app are based on exercises developed for a pilot study with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh.
TouchChat is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing recorded message. Four page sets are included with the TouchChat, with additional pages available as in-app purchases. Provided page sets can also be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 30 button actions when creating new buttons and over 10,000 Symbolstix symbols for customizing buttons. Use any image or take a photo with the built-in camera.
Touch Talking is an app designed for young toddlers as a speech learning assistant, displaying pictures of common objects. When the child taps on this picture, the name of the object plays. The aim of this app is to assist autistic and special needs children in communication. The simple design and many options for display are meant to cater to any autistic child’s needs.
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