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 autistic children learn by visual stimulation. A great tool for BCBA and ABA therapists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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Gadgetwise: The New York Times
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.