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ABA My First Words
The ABA My First Words App allows kids to view flash cards of some common first words as well as a matching game for pictures and words. The flash cards now have audio.
ABA Therapy Images
The ABA Therapy Images app has photos in 3 categories meant to help children with autism learn by visual stimulation. A great tool for BCBA and ABA therapists.
Developed by parents, ABCKeyboard is a fun, interactive app for learning ABCs. Also great for learning keyboarding basics. Give your kids a jumpstart on learning the alphabet and typing! Give your kids a jumpstart on learning to read – learning letters is the first step. ABCKeyboard makes learning the alphabet easy and fun. Each letter includes an entertaining activity - it’s like getting 26 games in one!
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.
AutismTrack™ is a portable, customizable data tracking tool that empowers caregivers of those with autism to easily track interventions, behaviors and symptoms. Checkboxes allow daily recording of any therapy, medicine or diet. Simple "sliders" allow rating of any behavior or symptom (e.g., eye contact, aggression and echolalic speech). With multiple reporting features, this information can then be reviewed and shared, to help parents and other caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) answer the ongoing and ever-puzzling question: "What seems to be working, and what's not?"
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 Boost is an app designed to decrease a variety of behaviors for individuals on the autism spectrum. Created by a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to manage challenging behaviors while using proven reinforcement procedures. With this app you will be able to program your own behavior that you would like to decrease, you will also be able to choose the "better" behavior to increase, choose the best reinforcement system, choose the most effective reinforcer, and choose the amount of time the program will run for. The built in timer allows for the individual to see when reinforcement can be achieved!
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.
Cam Cam's Developmental Preschool
Cam Cam’s Developmental Preschool is an educational game for the Android for children ages 6 months up to 5 years of age. This app helps preschool children learn facial expressions, shapes, and fine motor skills. The activities in this app are appropriate for all children but are geared towards children with special needs, specifically, children with autism or asperger’s syndrome.
Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box
Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box was created for a group of teenagers with autism and significant intellectual disabilities. The app targets the most basic, developmental touch skills through open-ended, language-free exploratory interactions. 21 scenes with high quality audio and engaging abstract visuals are included. Scenes interact differently, but together encourage and explore a range of pace, gestures and movements including taps, short and long presses, swipes, multi-finger and multi-handed use.
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.
Designed by parents, Count123 helps teach basic counting skills and it’s fun! Watch your kids learn to recognize numbers and learn to count with this fun and simple counting game. Give your children a head start in math! Includes numbers from 1 to 20. Each number has an interactive, animated activity to entertain your child while they learn numbers. Bounce basketballs, find dinosaurs, hatch chicks, race cars, fly planes; lots of fun activities!
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.
This Android app can be used to assist in communication or to help develop vocabulary. Simply touch an image and your phone will speak the word. Contains 150 words from 8 categories like Food, Clothing, and Animals, plus numbers 0-9 and the full alphabet. Easy to understand format and words that are useful for any age - children to adults.
Expedition with Plurals
Expedition with Plurals was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for PK–3 students to practice regular (e.g., cat/cats) and irregular plurals (foot/feet) in multiple contexts, targeting both receptive and expressive language skills and accompanied by recorded audio instructions. This fun and colorful app includes both an audio recording feature that allows students to hear their productions and a fun memory game that can be customized.
FAO OberverTool is a practical and easy way to record and track problematic student behaviors. Enter data and track setting events, antecedent events, behavioral incidents, and functions of the behavior with ease. Using evidence based practice and the validated competing behavior model, the application is designed to help teachers and other professionals meet RTI and IDEA requirements for supporting students with challenging behavior.
Find Me (Autism)
Find Me is an app designed to help young children with autism practice simple social skills. It is suitable for play by children with an ability level equivalent to 18 months or over, and doesn’t require any language or reading.
First Words International
This app for the iPad teaches 50 basic words in 7 languages! English, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, French, Japanese, Hindi, and Russian. Each word has 10 representations in a choice of photos or color drawings on a white, distraction-free background with both receptive and expressive activities, reward animations and a progress/data tracker. Please visit our website to check out all of our apps for speech, language and auditory development.
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.
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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.
I Am A Nice Person
I Am A Nice Person is a fun, interactive, learning game designed to educate and entertain children with developmental disabilities by engaging them in a simple story about social skills. See also Playing Games is Fun.
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Finally you can customize a curated list of apps for the Autism community that grows at the speed of iTunes. i.Am Search makes it easy to discover the apps you need for children, preschool to higher ed, that live with the attributes of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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.
I Can Do Apps
I Can Do Apps develops educational apps for the iPad. Our apps are designed in collaboration with a speech language pathologist and are tools for clinicians, families, educators and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language disorders and behavioral challenges. Apps include Emotions from I Can Do Apps, Rhyming (coming soon), and more to come.
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.
iCreate...Social Skills Stories
i Create… Social Skills Stories is an application with the ability to totally customize sequential steps of a storyline for individuals that need help building their social skills. The app is designed to make unlimited personalized social skill story books by importing personal photos, adding titles, text and audio to unlimited pages in the story. All the books can be re-arranged in an order specific to daily routines. In addition, all the pages in the books can be re-arranged or hidden in the setting section to allow for changes to each of the story lines.
A functional communication app using real images. Suitable for adults and children, image2talk can be completely customised to meet individual communication needs and the interface design eliminates the need to navigate through category and menu pages. image2talk comes with predefined rows of images from categories such as quick responses, food, drink, feelings, common objects, everyday conversation, places and clothes. Images personal to the individual user can be easily added to existing rows. You can also create your own rows.
One of the first apps developed for Apple's iPad is a tool to help people with autism 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.
Injini: Child Development Game Suite
Developed by experts and endorsed by parents and teachers, Injini’s collection of learning games offers meaningful play to young children, especially toddlers and preschoolers with cognitive, language, and fine motor delays. The games contain an extraordinary wealth of content: 10 feature games with 90 puzzles, over 100 beautiful illustrations, 8 farm-themed mini-games and more. Injini is ideally suited for early intervention - it brings fun to learning and at the same time practices children’s fine motor and language skills, understanding of cause and effect, spatial awareness, memory and visual processing.
Interactive Touch Books for Kids
The Interactive Touch Library contains 50 highly interactive children's books from independent authors and publishers. You'll get 3 FREE books to start and access to our FREE video section. Our children's books are highly interactive--packed with Activities, Coloring Pages, Music, Animation. We promote reading through delightful animations and lots of interactivity in each of our kid's books. Your child will absolutely love touching characters and objects to see what happens next. Narration, sound effects, changing colors, and all sorts of fun surprises await your reader on each page.
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.
Learn to Talk
Learn to Talk is an innovative flash card application for toddlers on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It uses both sight and sound to teach your toddler basic vocabulary words and boost their language skills. Highly interactive, colorful flash cards engage and motivate children to learn by themselves.
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.
Our goal is to create fun, educational apps for young children. Learning Touch apps are toddler-tested and approved, with user interfaces created specifically for the littlest of fingers. Each app is much more than a game, designed as a sophisticated learning tool that engages young children, encourages exploration, and helps build a deep understanding of the relationship between letters, sounds, and words. Learning Touch apps run on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, and include Bob Books, FirstWords, First Letters and Kids' Crosswords.
Life Skills Winner
Life Skills Winner teaches social and life skills to individuals with autism and other special needs. 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.
Magical Concepts is an app for the iPhone and iPad. It was created by a certified speech-language pathologist who wanted to make “drilling” with flashcards fun and motivating. This engaging, colorful app includes over 2000 photos accompanied by audio instructions. Children are welcomed by Mago the Magician, who encourages them to work hard. Children earn stars for each correct response, and when they accumulate enough stars, they are rewarded with a magic show.
Join your favorite little artist, Leo, on his adventure into the Mayan jungle in search of his lost art supplies. Enjoy the story three different ways: listen to the narration, tap and listen to each word, or simply read the story. Beautifully illustrated, each page offers additional interactive questions, creating an enhanced reading experience.
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.
Minimal Pair Pack
Minimal Pair Pack is an application for working on speech and sound discrimination. It is designed for users with developmental communication difficulties and phonological difficulties. The app has easy to use flash card style tasks, for use with a range of clients including adults and adolescents with dysphasia, dyslexia or dysgraphia and teachers of adult literacy. It can also be used by therapists working with children who have language and literacy difficulties, or those working with people for whom English is a second language.
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.
Multiple Meanings Library
The Multiple Meanings Library was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages 5–15 who struggle with oral and written comprehension of words with multiple meanings. This app allows students to practice multiple meanings in the following five different types of activities: auditory bombardment, definitions, picture identification, fill-in, make up sentences (with audio recording feature), and more!
My Choice Board
The primary purpose of My Choice Board is to present a visual display of “choices” to those with limited communication skills. This gives individuals with Autism, communication delays or learning differences the opportunity to be independent and express their own specific needs and wants.
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 Talk Tools
Created by the parent of a child with special needs, MyTalkTools is an easy, cool and affordable augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) device. MyTalkTools’s Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are easy to use, easy to manage, highly customizable and affordable. MyTalkTools enables users to express and connect in a whole new way.
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!
My Visual Timer for iPad
Visual Supports are recognized as evidence-based practices for educating children with autism. My Visual Timer is perfect for students who struggle with concept of time, and transitioning between activities. My Visual Timer comes with 12 different visual timers. There are no complicated settings, easy to use, reduced distractions, and a gentle sounding ding when time is up. My Visual Timer gives a real feeling of time, when the typical analog or digital clock isn't appropriate.
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.
Odd One Out Pack
Odd One Out Pack is designed to work on semantic reasoning skills – just choose the odd one out! With 6 sets of cards per level and record keeping , therapist and teachers can track progress and adjust the difficulty of the activity. Using vibrant symbols and clear visual and auditory feedback, this app is great for carrying over therapy goals at home.
Augmented communication devices can change how you interact with your friends, family, and world. OneVoice does less than most augmented communication devices. Why? Because making it easy to use is far more important than making sure it has every possible feature. OneVoice is designed to be easily understood by all ages. No more getting lost as you go too deep into multi-level categories, or losing track of where words are. The straightforward interface doesn't require hours of training to find words.
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.
Popchilla's World: A Game for Kids with Autism
Children with Autism struggle with communication and basic social skills. Popchilla's World is an iPad game designed to help them practice daily routines & social interactions in a fun, playful way.
Practicing Street Crossing
With Practice Street Crossing your loved one can practice valuable skills such as: why we use the crosswalk, crossing the street only when the light says to cross, the dangers of crossing the street outside of the crosswalk, where to look for the crosswalk, how to get across the street safely, and much, much more. Practice Street Crossing is the internationally best-selling software application from a leader in special education training for over a decade, VTree LLC.
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Predictable is a switch accessible app that converts written word into spoken word for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It is ideal for a wide range of AAC users including those with MND, ALS, Cerebral Palsy and people with communication difficulties after a stroke or head injuries.
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.
QuickCues by Fraser
QuickCues is a social script app designed for iPods and iPhones that helps teens and young adults on the autism spectrum handle new situations and learn new skills. Social scripts have been used successfully for years, but QuickCues makes these tools mobile and easy to use in everyday situations. Five QuickCues modules are available: Communication, Life Skills, Socialization, Coping, and On the Job.
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.
Scene & Heard
Scene & Heard is the multimedia scene communication tool from Therapy Box. The app has been designed to give practitioners, teachers, parents and carers a quick and easy way to create scenes full of multimedia content, such as audio clips and video clips, recorded directly into the app with the iDevice!
School Skills is an iPod/iPad app that addresses social skills using expected and unexpected behavior. The expected and unexpected behaviors gives the student a concrete understanding of the specific social skill. Target areas in school includes Conversations, Classroom, Cafeteria, PE, Recess, Playing Games with friends and the feelings Anger, disappointment waiting, and responsibility. The app also explains in a social story type fashion about the social skills needed.
This iPad Picture Card learning system makes traditional picture cards obsolete. Selected by Apple for their retail stores and a Top-10 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!
SillySongs is an app designed to target three of the sounds which children have the most difficulty pronouncing. Music allows for patterning of more than one word at a time and is predictable. This predictability allows children with compromised language to produce more than one word at a time. The familiar melodies also facilitate greater success in generating intonation patterns in connected utterances.
Simple Steps to Learning - What Colour Am I?
Simple Steps to Learning - What Colour Am I? Join the "I-am's" in this fun and easy way to teach kids with autism their colours. The cheery rhyming narrative, bright colours and adorable characters make What Colour am I an effective tool to help kids with autism who struggle with speech and cognitive learning.
SLP Minimal Pairs
SLP TechTools Minimal Pairs is a speech therapy app developed by speech language pathologists to assist SLPs as they target phonological and articulation disorders in children, pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. The app includes fun and engaging pictures of 367 words to facilitate discrimination and accurate production of speech sounds. It covers 8 commonly used phonological processes: Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Cluster Reduction, Prevocalic Voicing Gliding, Stopping, Depalatalization, Deaffrication and Gliding.
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.
So Much 2 Say
So Much 2 Say is a picture communication app that is designed specifically for individuals with cognitive and language impairment. With flexible page layout options ranging from a single card per page to multiple pages of categories, So Much 2 Say is well suited to adapt and grow right along side with the Learner. Intuitive configuration options and fast card creation allow for virtually anyone to quickly update and tune So Much 2 Say to best fit the needs of the Learner in multiple settings.
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 Adolescent
Sosh 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.
Sparky the Shark: Interactive Storybook for Children
Join Sparky and his penguin pal Dax on a belly-laughing adventure. This upbeat & vibrant feel good story will delight children of all ages. The Storybook features a variety of emotions and feelings: Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Urgency, Disappointment, Confusion, Fun, Despair, Hope, Love & Acceptance.
SpeakColorsHD is a speech therapy app designed to encourage young children to imitate and use simple sentences using colors and photos of objects. Use this app to help increase your child's vocabulary skills, phrase length and receptive and expressive language skills. Children are motivated to talk by the colorful photos and by the ability to record and listen to their own voice. The different types of sentences included in the app provide multiple levels of difficulty to provide new challenges and keep the interest of children as their speech and language skills improve.
VAST combines the highly effective concept of video modeling with both written words and auditory cues to help individuals acquire relevant words, phrases and sentences so that they can speak for themselves. These apps have been designed for individuals with motor speech planning disorders such as apraxia. The apps are divided into two types: Therapy apps for treatment programs and Functional apps for everyday speaking situations. Available VAST products include VAST Autism 1 – Core, VAST Autism 1 – Core (Spanish), VAST Songs 1 – Intro, and the VAST Custom Recording Service.
Speech Button is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app expertly designed by a speech-language pathologist and a registered school psychologist (who are also parents!) to help children and adults with special needs who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking to communicate.
SpeechTree AAC Communication & Learning Program
Created by a certified Speech Language Pathologist, SpeechTree is the first & only AAC app that combines a complete AAC communication system with an interactive learning program. Combining these features benefit beginning & emerging communicators who require lots of practice, encouragement, instruction, and support. We understand the process to introduce and teach AAC can be challenging. The goal of SpeechTree is to simplify this process and make AAC communication happen.
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.
Symbly Go allows you to view your visual supports, communication boards, social stories, visual schedules, and more on the go! Create and share supports with your Symbly account and they will automatically be downloaded to your iPad so you can use them anywhere, even when there's no Internet connection available. With real-time syncing and text-to-speech capability available, Symbly Go is the great way to view visual supports on your iPad!
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.
TalkTablet 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 speech synthesizer or by using recorded voices. Includes nearly 12,000 SymbolStix symbols, or use any image from the internet, or a photo taken with the iPad's built-in camera. TalkTablet is available in over 15 language versions including English, French, German, Italian, Swedish and more.
Tapikeo is a dynamic learning environment that asks parents and children, teachers and students to create together. Tapikeo allows you and your children to easily and quickly create your own audio-enabled picturebooks, storyboards, visual schedules, memory aids, audio flashcards, and more using a versatile grid style layout. Create engaging combinations of your own photographs and narration for pre-reading children to enjoy independently, or watch the imagination of your older children soar with this unique method of creative expression.
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.
The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook
Watch as a young boy bears witness to a tree who constantly gives and shares unconditionally with friends of the wilderness. Your child will learn how friendships are formed by sharing with others. Observe how our young tree overcomes a dark moment in his life and transforms into a brilliant, vibrant, multicolored tree - full of life and happiness. Our story is for toddlers and children of all ages – offering an interactive experience for all. 10% of net proceeds will be given to Autism Speaks to demonstrate our continuing support!
Begun by a parent/teacher team as a way to accelerate a child's ABA program, every line of Tuneville™ lyrics are practical language drills. Download the ever-expanding town to your ipad including a complete lesson ready to implement FREE of charge. A complete list of lessons available, protocol for use and teaching ideas can be found at tuneville.com. Tuneville™ combines the best elements of behavioral, language and music therapy.
urTalker is all about enabling individuals with a voice. Our applications are designed with the individual and their unique needs in mind. urTalker comes with default categories and images and provides the ability to create any number of additional categories, load any type of image and most importantly record your voice for use with those images and words.
Use2talk is an easy to program and use augmentative communication program for use on the iPad. Using icons or photographs it provides non verbal and low verbal users an opportunity to communicate. Use2talk includes a small selection of videos that depict daily living actions that help the child to understand the meaning of action symbols and we expect to support user captured videos in the near future.
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 children with autism and other special needs in communication. The simple design and many options for display are meant to cater to any child's needs.
Touch and Write
Touch and Write was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning letters by writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! Touch and Write uses a letter style similar to those most commonly taught in schools, so it prepares children for a real classroom. Touch and Write also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience for your child! And it comes with 6 of its own word lists, including the most important words for young children to learn – high frequency sight words!
Game for individuals with autism and other special needs to recognize emotions to help improve social skills by recognizing the emotion, the cause behind the emotion and speedup recognition. A percentage of each download goes to autism charities.
VB-MAPP for iPad
The VB-MAPP App is an electronic scoring system for the VB-MAPP. All the objectives, materials, examples and scoring criteria are embedded in each milestone question. Barriers, Transition and EESA and all 170 milestones are automatically plotted on the scoring grids. The VB-MAPP App contains the entire protocol and guide contents including the task analysis, curriculum recommendations and suggested IEP goals.
Visual Prompts Board
Visual Prompts Board offers to enhance communication abilities for individuals with limited speech communication skills. The application empowers the individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, communication delays or learning differences with opportunity to become independent and able to express their own specific needs and wants.
Voice4u is an augmentative/alternative communication application that helps individuals express their feelings, thoughts, actions, and needs. There are over hundreds of vivid images pre-installed with it's corresponding images and audio. User's can put these images together to form schedules and sentences. And the best feature of Voice4u is it's flexibility in allowing users to create their own icons so that it fits their needs and interests.
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Wizard Interactive is a creator of fun and innovative apps for iPhone and iPad, some of which are great resources for children with autism. Apps include: Shape Circus, Counting Zoo, Puzzle Pages, ABC Color Me, Crazy Tunes and more!
ZOOLA First Words
ZOOLA First Words is a perfect tool for toddlers and other children who are just learning to engage with words. With adorable animations accompanied with addictive themes, ZOOLA First Words teaches children the basic words in a fun and communicative way.
Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to over 200 Effective Apps
Speech Language Pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book in order to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy”—which is the use of Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and various apps (computer applications) in meeting students’ individual educational goals.
More Lists of Apps for Autism!
Finding Good Apps for Children with Autism
Gadgetwise: The New York Times
Consonantly Speaking: Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders App List
Click here to read about recommended apps for autism from Technology in (SPL) Education!
Click here for a list of Blogs about Apps from Partners.org!
Click here to read Top 10 AAC Apps: iPhone and iPad Apps under $30 from Autism Plugged In
Click here to read a list of the Favorite iTunes Apps from the AACchicks!
Click here to read The iTaalk Top 30: Educational Apps to Get You Started, and All for Under $30!
Click here to visit autismepicenter.net for a list of Autism Apps That Will Help You!
Click here to view iPad Apps for Autism: A Spreadsheet of Reviews and Recommendations from Squidalicious.
Click here to visit Apps for Children with Special Needs.
Click here for a list of Apps for Special Education from Cognitech Cafe.
Click here to visit the A4CWSN website: Apps for Children with Special Needs.