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Friday, March 1, 2013

The BEST Apps for ADHD and Other Distractions

From My Special Needs Network

By Joan M. Brennan
January 30, 2013

In the aftermath of the holiday gift-giving of so many tech devices, we have been receiving more calls and email requests than usual over the past month for educational and organizational apps, particularly those for AD/HD.

In response to these requests, we have gathered a collection of app lists helpful for the ADHD community with credits to Mark Kawate, ADDitude Magazine and the editors of the Reader’s Digest, respectively.

We hope these organizational and educational resources will provide you or someone you know challenged with ADHD the needed assistance to make each day just a little bit better.

We would like to hear from our readers, too. If you know of another great ADHD app not included in the lists below, please tell us and our readers in the comment boxes below. We will certainly appreciate your input!

Our readers are also telling us that their Reading Focus Cards work very well when used with their e-tablets (for iPads, etc.---the longer Reading Focus Card) and e-readers (for the Kindle, Nook, etc.---the smaller Reading Focus Card).

This is an excellent way to get more focus on 1 or 2 lines of text on a webpage, while blocking out more of the surrounding text. We recommend that when doing this, the reader use a scratch-proof film shield to protect the device’s screen.

A List of Lists

So, without further ado, here are 4 lists of the BEST apps we know of at this writing for children and/or adults challenged with the symptoms of ADHD. Click on the names to read them:

The 5 Best iPhone/iPad Apps for ADHD by Mark Kawate, ADDitudeMag.com

The Top 6 FREE iPhone/iPad Apps for ADHD by Mark Kawate, ADDitudeMag.com

To-Do List Apps for ADHD Kids and Adults from ADDitudeMag.com

ADHD and iPads: 5 Apps to Make Life Easier by Reader's Digest Editors

A Family of Apps for ALL Learners - A suite of  apps by licensed, certified speech-language pathologists.


  1. Thank you for including our article here in your Nesca News blog! We certainly appreciate your sharing this information with students, parents, teachers and other adults who might benefit.

    You and your readers may also be interested in a new DESKTOP application called The Reading Focus Cards app (Patent 8,360,779) that helps kids and adults with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, low vision and other issues to read digital media with much more focus and comprehension. To learn more, please visit http://bit.ly/1qIHEUY.

    Thank you again for including our article here. Looking forward to your future articles, too!

    Happy Reading!
    Joan Brennan
    Brennan Innovators, LLC
    St. Louis, MO

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