February 23, 2018

Mobile Technology Resources

Super Duper:  Get free or discount iPad and other mobile technology apps.

Common Sense Media:  This web site is excellent for parents or anyone navigating technology.  It is organized by age and topic. 

Closing the Gap:  This web site has webinar training for iPad and app information. 

Moms With Apps:  Moms With Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Our app catalog is available for free on iTunes.  Moms with Apps is a group of individual, independent, family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. Most of our membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level.Like them on Facebook for coupons and free apps on Fridays!

iTunes:  Get thousands of innovative and interesting apps from the iStore.

Squidalicious.com:   Parenting, iPad and autism help.  Check out this blog to find ASD apps listed by category.

Grasshopper Apps:  Fun, educational and affordable apps.

Volume Education Apps:  This will give info about Volume Purchase Program Vouchers for educators using iPads.

SOSH App for Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome

About.com Apps for Children With Special Needs: About.Com – Apps for Children With Special Needs 
About.com highlights new apps that are designed specifically to make life easier for people with special needs, by making communication or behavior management or health management easier. Check out their special needs apps section. About.com also gives you a place to review the apps that you have tried.

Apps 4 Children With Special Needs: Apps 4 Chidlren with special needs provide video reviews of Apps for Special Needs Children and education in general.  A4CWSN works closely with schools, parents and advocates to find the best resources for children. This site gives you the ability to watch videos of the apps in action before you make the decision to purchase them.

Appolicious Special Education Section:   Appolicious is the place to discover and share the latest and best iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android apps through social recommendations as well as reviews from users and the Appolicious editorial team. Check out their deep special education section for the latest assistive communication apps reviews.

App Resources -Speech Language Pathology Sharing:   Check out their app resources section for information about special needs apps, cases and accessories for individuals with special needs, articles about apps, app tutorials and more. SLP also has a ton of links to special needs technology communities as well as manuals and other special needs technology content.

Lilie’s Pad:   The mission of this site is to be an up-to-date resource for everything special needs related to the iPad and the iPhone. Whether it be apps, videos, music, news stories, accessories, links, helpful hints, etc. It’s goal is to have this site be a trusted resource for the special needs community.

Babies with iPadsThis blog is designed to document infants/toddlers with disabilities using an iPad to promote their development. This blog hopes to show how new technology can help children with disabilities develop their communication, play, pre-literacy, cognitive, visual/auditory and motor skills.

Atla’s Assistive Technology Blog:   Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) connects Alaskans with disabilities to the tools they need to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. They also have a great Assistive Technology blog highlighting some great new apps.

The App List:   Eric Sailers is a speech-language pathologist for a school district in San Diego, CA. Combining his love of technology and helping children with communication deficits Eric uses modern technologies to facilitate learning of speech-language skills. Here is a list that Eric created of useful  special needs apps.

5MinutesforSpecialNeeds.comFive minutes for special needs has an article written by Laura Shumaker about selecting the best apps for the iPad. Check out what she says about the finding the right apps and take a look at the rest of  the site.

Proloquo2go (AssistiveWare, 
Price: $189):  It contains text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary and much more. Proloquo2Go is considered as a good alternative against buying an expensive AAC device. Even SLPs, teachers and parents recommend it for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, Apraxia, ALS, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

NYS Recommendations  Technology Resources, including apps, organizational tools, games and more.

Skill Building Apps: There’s a seemingly endless supply of apps for practicing math, vocabulary, grammar, and other traditional school subjects. But you may be surprised to know what else kids can learn. Apps can teach a range of both “soft skills” (such as recognizing emotions) and 21st-century skills (such as online collaboration). Check out these apps in which problem solving, creativity, emotions, and more take center stage.

Tap to Talk (Free)

It makes communication fun, like another “game” on this cool device. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. Each picture can lead to another screen of pictures. It allows you to create your own AAC albums to meet the specific needs of autistic child. Currently, TapToTalk includes a library of over 2,000 pictures. You can add your own pictures, photos and sounds. Albums created in TapToTalk Designer are “synced” over the Internet directly to your iPhone, iPad or IPod touch.

iComm ($7.99) Bappz Company


iCommunicate for iPad (Greme, Inc., $49.99)

Voice 4 U (Spectrum Visions, $29.99)

iConverse It is an iPhone and iPod touch application that functions much like a picture exchange communication system (PECS) designed specifically for autistic individuals, and individuals with other communicative disabilities.

Look2Learn – AAC (Price: $14.99)



Cause and Effect

Rad Sounds (RJ Cooper)

Slide 2 Unlock (RJ Cooper)

Point to Pictures (RJ Cooper)


Heavy-duty cases:

Ultimate iPad Carrying Case-RJ Cooper- ($99.000


Additional Apps for Children with Autism:

Apps for Autism:  Apps are a wonderful way to integrate technology into therapy for children of all ages. These quickly downloadable and ever-evolving programs provide us with a wide range of resources that can be used to address various speech and language concerns. When working with our students, some children certainly enjoy using a tablet in therapy. Children with autism are visual learners and apps can be a great way to enhance your therapy. Although some children certainly enjoy using a tablet in therapy, you may find that some children with autism may not be good candidates for the apps due to the severity of the autism or behavioral challenges. Because behavioral challenges can pose a challenge for the implementation of apps into therapy, it is important to observe how the child responds to any given app in order to ensure that using apps will be a useful tool in therapy. After careful observation, you may realize that not all apps will work for the children with autism on your caseload. But for some, apps can open a whole new world of possibilities in therapy.                       


Angry Octopus ($7.99)

First Then Visual Schedule ($9.99) The app allows you to create visual schedules that provide positive behavior support through the use of images that show daily events(i.e. morning routine or therapy schedule) or steps needed to complete a specific activity, (i.e. using the restroom). It is completely customizable to each user’s individual needs. Users can add personal voice recordings and images directly from their computer or iPhone camera (in addition to the images in the application’s stock library) to create a schedule.

iReward Chart ($3.99)  Lite Version (Free)

AutismExpress : (Free) People with autism have trouble interpreting emotions and understanding what different facial expressions may represent. This app helps autistic individuals to recognizes and express their emotions through its fun and easy to use interface (see the image above). The ‘Autism Xpress’ is an iPhone Application.

Social Skills:

Model Me Going Places



                Social Skills

                Look In My Eyes Restaurant


Splatter HD

       Draw Free for iPad

       Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD


Additional Communication/Speech/Language:

Tom the Talking Cat

       Talking Larry the Bird

       ABA Receptive Identification


Preschool Apps that are child and parent recommended:


Super Why!

 ($3.99) this app is exceptional value for the money.   There are four interactive games, including: Fill in the blanks, letter the ages 3 – 7 years of age.


Dr. Seuss ABC

Who doesn’t love Dr. Suess?  This iPad app comes complete with our beloved Dr. Seuss Characters and illustrations.  There are three levels of learning including; ‘Auto Play’, ‘Read to Me’ and ‘Read it Myself’ ($2.99’)


Monkey Preschool Lunch Box

There are about six different games that flow from one to the next.  Some highlights include; Puzzles, Counting, Letter Recognition, Matching games and more.  ($.99)


RedFish 4 Kids

50 interactive and creative play time for ho Highlights include; learning exercises, creative activities and open-ended play.  This app is best suited for children aged 2 – 7 yrs old.  ($9.99)


123 HD Talking Color HD

This award-winning app is great for younger children as they just tap on the section they want to color.   Coloring is accompanied by fun audio that coordinates with the tapping.  ($4.99!



Match & Learn 

This is a great one for the animal lover in your home.  Match & Learn is a fun memory game that offers exceptional graphics and coordinating animal sounds( $3.99.



Preschool Playmat: Farm Fun

This one is farm themed with three different activities to engage your child.  Shape Matching, Memory Cards and a cute ‘find the animal’ game will develop letter recognition, sorting and counting.  ($2.99)


Peek A Boo Barn ($1.99) Lite version (Free)


Doodle Kids (Free)


Sesame Street:  Elmo’s Birthday ($1.99)

The Monster at the End of the Book ($1.99)

Grover’s Farm ($1.99)


Duck Duck Moose:

The Wheels on the Bus ($1.99)

                    Fish School ($1.99)

Itsy Bitsy Spider ($1.99)


PBS Kids Videos (Free)

Occupational Therapist Recommended Apps for Autism:



Mr. Potato Head – Electronic Version!


Apps for Working on Sentences: This app is one of my favorites. The child chooses a character, an action, and an object, (such as  ” boy is catching a bubble”.)  After choosing, the child watches an animated movie of the sentence, gets to record and listen. Even my little preschoolers enjoy this one!


Communicating in the iPad Era:  No doubt, the emergence of the iPad and other tablets represent the most significant change to the speech pathology field in recent years.


Apps for the Classroom: Apps for tablets and smartphones have unlocked a world of possibilities for speech-language pathologists in schools. In this interactive guide, read about 25 apps that use games and music to teach everything from addition to pronunciation to social skills. From kindergarten up to high school, speech-language pathologists can integrate these apps into their sessions for fun, interactive therapy.