Apps for Special Needs

These apps for special needs were made by the developers at Moms With Apps to assist children and families. We will update this list periodically. If you have feedback on the apps, please contact the developers as they are very open to collaboration. The descriptions below are NOT reviews – they are descriptions written by the developers. 

Abilipad by Appy Therapy, aka “the WRITE TOOL for the iPad” was developed by an occupational therapist to facilitate writing.  The Keyboard Creator lets one design keyboards using letters, words, sentences or pictures with custom key sizes, fonts, colors and audio recordings.  The notepad offers word prediction to assist with spelling and to reduce keystrokes, as well as text-to-speech that allows one to hear what was written in order to correct spelling and grammatical errors.

ArtikPix by Expressive Solutions, ArtikPix is an engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. Since the app includes child friendly language, you don’t have to be a speech-language pathologist to facilitate practice. Children use ArtikPix to practice sounds independently, with a speech-language pathologist or their parents.

ConversationBuilder™ by Mobile Education Store ConversationBuilder™ is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.  The auditory pattern of conversation is presented in a visual format to help students recognize and master the flow of conversation. Students will learn when it is appropriate to introduce themselves, ask questions, make observations and change the subject of the conversation.  Being able to converse with peers is the cornerstone of developing relationships, and ConversationBuilder™ promotes development of this skill that so many elementary aged children struggle with in a fun and engaging way.

First Then Visual Schedule by Good Karma Apps First-Then Visual Schedule application is designed for caregivers to provide
positive behavior support for those with communication needs. This application provides an affordable and convenient audio-visual prompting tool for use on the iPhone or iTouch. The portability of the iPhone and iTouch and ease of use of the application make it perfect for use at school, home or in the community.

Grace App by Steven-Troughton Smith (See news clip Demo Video) 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 customised by the individual using their picture and photo vocabulary with the user taking and saving pictures independently to the app.

iCommunicate by Grembe (See Demo Video)  Create pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. We include 100+ pictures(first 5 have audio) to get you started. Add pictures with your camera, or from your camera roll, or use Google image search. Utilize as audio visual prompting tool or AAC device.

iComm by Mias Apps (See Demo Video) The iComm (short for I Communicate) is an app providing an affordable, custom built and easy to use communication system using pictures and words – both written and spoken. It is ideal for children under three until they are able to express their needs through well formed speech. The iComm is also very useful for children with a broad range of disabilities who have trouble communicating such as cerebral palsy or autism.

iEarnedThat by a Pediatrician & Parent Designed by a Pediatrician and parent, iEarnedThat is an amazingly simple motivational tool to help children develop desirable behaviors by working towards tangible goals. Turn any picture of a desired reward into a 3D interactive jigsaw puzzle of up to 60 pieces! Set the goal and have your child EARN their reward one puzzle piece at a time!

In My Dreams by DevelopEase (See Demo Video) Have fun with reading, matching, and sign language. “In My Dreams” uses animation and repetition to promote literacy. Each page has the same sentence structure and reinforces understanding of nouns, verbs and prepositions. “In My Dreams” is an instructional app designed with illustrations that provide language cues. Personalize the app for your child, student or client by adding their photo!

iReward by Grembe iReward is a fun and useful app.  Use it with your spouse, kids, yourself, or anyone for whom you want to provide some positive reinforcement. iReward is a motivation chart for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad!

iTouchiLearn Musical Story (see demo) features an interactive, animated story that teaches toddler, preschool and special needs kids about morning routines. Kids can sing along and interact with the catchy iTouchiLearn Ready for School song sung to the tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Designed to build early learning and life skills through virtual rewards, the app features 3 modes of early learning: Game, Music and Activity.

My Talk Tools (LITE version) MyTalkTools Mobile Lite is a fully-functional version of MyTalk Mobile with 12 cell capacity, using one or two boards. Using the 12 cells offered by MyTalk Mobile Lite, users can gain comfort with the mobile use and our online authoring (building communication boards or pages) via MyTalk Workspace. Using MyTalk Mobile Lite, experience the ultimate in customizable communications. If you find that MyTalk Mobile Lite provides the right solutions, but you would like the increased capacity of 32,000 cells, consider MyTalk Mobile.

Off We Go! Going on a Plane and Going to the Dentist books are available as iPhone and iPad apps in English and Spanish.  If you are going on a plane or visiting the dentist, you can use your iPhone or iPad to help prepare your child and make the experience easier for everyone. These books are a visual step by step guide to everyday experiences, particularly for children with special needs.

Open-Ended apps that have received positive feedback from parents and therapists who work with special needs kids. These apps don’t have a “right” or “wrong”, but rather an open platform for children to experiment and explore: Draw With Stars, Snow Wonder, Faces iMake.

RainbowSentences by Mobile EducationStore Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.  Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.  

See. Touch. Learn. by Brain Parade See.Touch.Learn.™ is a picture learning system designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs. See.Touch.Learn.™ makes traditional picture cards obsolete. Parents and professionals use See.Touch.Learn.™ to build custom picture card lessons and automatically track their child’s responses. Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and 60 exercises created by a certified behavior analyst! Additional libraries of images and lessons are available for purchase from within the app.

Sentence Builder by Mobile Education Store Sentence Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the English language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammar of all children.

Sign Me A Story by GraceSigns is designed to help children learn sign language and reading through story and video.  The first two animated stories teach 26 signs in this highly interactive adventure series.  Enhanced with music and sound effects, the pop-up videos feature children with special needs as the signing demonstrators.  Children use Sign Me A Story to practice reading and comprehension all while improving their communication skills.  Free parent/teacher curriculum downloadable @

Speech With Milo: Verbs by Doonan Speech Therapy (See Demo Video) Created by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, this app 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 animation that comes with Milo will keep any child focused and attentive. And most important- it is fun!

Story Builder by Mobile Education Store Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.

Story Pals by Eric Sailers LLC,  Whimsical. Enjoyable. Data-driven. Practicing listening and reading comprehension has never been easier or more exciting than with StoryPals. StoryPals is a story comprehension app for iPad that features fun, original stories with unique characters, colorful, modern artwork and interactive illustrations. Best of all, it collects and saves student scores automatically so tracking student progress is simple.

Zanny – Born to Run “Zanny, Born to Run” is part of the very first book series ever written expressly FOR children with special needs. We know that not all kids are the same, so each book address a different symptom, not a disorder. This way, stories can benefit “typical” children who might have difficulties in one area while also helping kids diagnosed with learning disabilities.

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  2. I’d also like to recommend a new children’s app for special needs children based on the Peepers’ concept book “I Say…You Say…- A Zany Peep at Opposites.” This book has been used by teachers of autism who have found it effective because of its lyrical rhymes, repetition and engaging design. The children’s voices on the app are clear and endearing and children can identify with the many positive qualities of the Peepers’ personalities. Developed by Once Upon an App and released September 27th.

  3. This is an awesome list. I was wondering if I could repost on my site, linking to you and crediting you, of course.

    I love your blog and you are on my blogroll!

  4. Check out the IPAD app for augmentative communication….the app is called Proloquo2Go….it’s the bomb!

  5. If anyone is looking for ideas for a new app, An app that would allow students with dysgraphia to do their math class work , show their work and print or email it to the teacher is desperately needed. The idev apps are great to teach the math sequence, but There is no way to save completed problems. Also for the times when a teacher wants to know if the student grasps the process, it gives too much help. There are virtually no options for kids who can,t write or line up numbers.

  6. Hi Lorraine,

    Just wanted to let you know that we went LIVE(!) tonight with our first app book/game for special needs kids, “Zanny, Born to Run”. This book deals with hyperactivity and impulsivity and employs really cool special effects like moving with gravity, touch-activated sound and movement features and animation.

    Our next app book “Little Lilly’s Touch Book”, about tactile sensory avoidance, should be out soon(ish) too. More books to come.

    If any of you know people in the Autism and special needs community whom you think we should contact about our app, please let us know. We are so excited about Zanny and can’t wait to show him off. Working on a promo code giveaway in the near future.

    Also, if any our fellow Moms With Apps friends happen to check it out, please let us know what you think. We love feedback 🙂

    Thanks for all of the support!


  7. I just discovered your website I and I must say that I am truly impressed with the wide selection of apps you have assembled here. It’s great that people with special needs have all of the this great stuff to teach and entertain them.

  8. Help needed for all parents not just special needs! An app to restrict access to apps or better still screen pages on the Ipad. Mum with Apps is a great source for me, a mum of three year old ASD son. We have lots of the apps recommended but we also have game apps both of which have enabled us to live a much less stressful life at home and out. But we are struggling to teach our little one different times for “therapy” and “fun” apps. At the moment all I can do is seperate on different pages it’s just not enough control of what is a great tool for special needs kids and families.

  9. Are any of your members devoloping apps to use on the Samsung Galaxy Tablet? Specifically those involved in communication like Iconverse, My Choices, First-Then. I have these on my Iphone and they have been wonderful for my nonverbal son. But the size of the Galaxy would suit our needs better than an Ipad. But there is NOThing out there for these kids yet.

  10. Just got an I PAD for my 10 year old son. He is non verbal with a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and ASD. I would welcome any advice on APPS to help him with his speech needs. His previous Aug. Com. device (LEO) was to cumbersome and restictive. Thanks for any input. Bruce

  11. We just released an ipad app inspired by “Willson” our son with autism. I just sent those to you using the “Leave a Comment” spot as a pdf. If their is a prefered method, please reply.

    Will Kantz

  12. Thanks, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you!

    I found a Autism App site. It pretty much covers tech. related topic.

    Come and check it out if you get time.

  13. As a mother of a 7 year-old son with Down syndrome, I had tried for nearly 2 years to find a computer mouse my son Vincent could control. He has very poor fine motor skills, so I knew when the iPad was released, he would finally have the control we sought. My next challenge was to find apps that are appropriate and motivating for him. An informal group of parents, therapists, and teachers started meeting to discuss favorite apps for our special needs children and SNApps4Kids was born. We created a website to share what we are learning with parents and those who work with children with special needs. Please visit our site to share ideas and success stories with us!

  14. Our son is 18 years old. He is autistic and has serious issues with regard to aggression. He spent over a year at a leading treatment facility that resulted in a comprehensive behavior plan. Part of that behavior plan involves functional communication that includes a choice board that uses pictures to indicate what activities are available and which are not. The communication board is half red (unavailable) and half green (available). Picture cards are moved from side to side to indicate what he can and cannot chose from. In addition there are different boards for every type of activity interval i.e. arts and music, games and entertainment, gym, chores, etc. I am interested in knowing if anyone knows of an app that would facilitate such a communication system on an ipad or other tablet pc. While we are fairly tech savvy but we are brand new to the world of ipads and apps. Our purchase of an ipad will depend on whether or not there is an app out there that can do what we need it to do. I would appreciate any advice anyone can give. There is so much information out there, I am just looking for some solid direction.

  15. Hi,
    I would like to draw attention to our new app, called iPicto, for iPhone and iPod
    (since this week: also available the iPad app version).
    This app is designed to guide people with a (mental) disability, with or without
    dementia/alzheimer, asperger, autism and / or a disorder in communication.

    This new app iPicto is also a very good tool in learning a way of communication,

    for example speech difficulties.

    I refer you for further information, visit the App Store.

    See for it:

    Thank you for attention,


    Erwin van den Hout
    The Netherlands

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  17. Please permit me to introduce you to a new children’s educational game for the iPad and iPhone:

    Counting Beads is a totally fun way for children to learn numbers and letters of the alphabet. The numbers (or letters) appear as colored beads that you connect by dragging each bead into its next higher numbered bead. As you connect the beads in numbered order, you create a chain that follows the lead bead as you drag. This teaches the numbers visually. You can also move the bead chain by holding the device face-up parallel to the floor and tilting it slightly to let gravity roll the leading bead downhill. Even older folks can have fun with this amusing simple game.

    A brief demo video of this app is available on UTube:

  18. Hi,
    I would like to draw attention to our new app, called iPicto, for
    iPhone, iPod Touch

    and iPad.
    This app is designed to guide people with a (mental) disability, with
    or without
    dementia/alzheimer, asperger, autism and / or a disorder in

    This new app iPicto is also a very good tool in learning a way of

    for example speech difficulties.

    I refer you for further information, visit the App Store.

    See for it:

    Thank you for attention,


    Erwin van den Hout
    The Netherlands

  19. This is for Lynn Gallant. Check out . It’s all in French. Also,,, and are all custom createable. In other words, you can change text and voice (also pictures) to your satisfaction.

  20. Hi Lorraine,

    Here you go.

    PictureCanTalk ( by Benster Tan( (See Demo Video( PictureCanTalk helps individuals face with speech challenges to communicate their needs with the use of pictures. You could use it as a PECS or AAC tool. It is designed taking into considerations motor skills level, cognitive level to incorporate customizable picture sizes, number of syllabus in communication strip, tap or drag n drop gesture, recorded and synthesized voices (i.e. currently supports English, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Swedish, French, Italian, German and Chinese Simplified. No internet connection is required), edit/list modes, hiding buttons to prevent users accidentally moving to other screen while they try to express their needs. It also has image editing capabilities to help caregivers cut the right picture for their loved ones. There is also text to image feature where caregivers can type text and save as image for end users communication needs. The entire setup and configuration can be backup. It can then be shared with multiple devices and end users.
    There are a lot more! All carefully thought out that will help special needs children and adults to communicate.

    Developers please note,
    Drop me an email to include your app in the list. Please use the format as i did for mine (i.e. as above). We will help compile and get them listed.

    Important Note:
    Not all apps submitted will get listed. The app must be designed specifically for special needs. It will help if you can indicate specific special needs area the app works on (e.g. picture scheduling, aac, signing, etc.)

  21. Thanks all. Please leave your comments of latest special needs apps, and as soon as I can get a volunteer to recompile the page I’ll post a new list. –Lorraine

  22. Try U-Sync Video Scheduler! It’s the new visual scheduling app for kids with autism that you control from the Internet! Very cool… And made by BGSU!

  23. Can you suggest apps appropriate for a 2 year old with Autism that are compatible with the Kindle Fire? Thanks!

  24. Hi, I have a granddaughter she is three years old with special needs, diagnosed with low muscle tone, she can not talk. She try’s so hard but I am trying to find something I can teach her to communicate with me, I try sign language, she understands but because of her motor skills she isn’t able to sign back. Please advice. I am new to this.

  25. I agree with Lorianne. I am having the same frustrations finding any tech help for students who can’t write. I have a MS student with little dexterity in his hands and we can’t find any program that allows him to create math assignments like peers, to complete and turn in. Has anyone found a solution?

  26. Hi,
    I am a clinical psychologist and I recently developed two apps for kids with high functioning autism. Four years of research went into the development of these apps to improve kids social skills. They are scientifically tested and had fantastic results. Kids improved in ALL 7 areas of social skills and ALL 4 areas of problem behaviors. I created them in a story book format. They are completely interactive and have cute audio and animation. Please check them out on itunes. They are for the ipad. “Playing Games is Fun” and “I am a Nice Person”. My websites is I’ve gotten a great response so far from schools and indv but I am doing all my own advertising. So please pass this info along. Thanks! Dr. D

  27. I have an adult son with Fragile X and am looking for apps/ software or non computer solutions to teach him reading. He is now able to concentrate more and is showing an interest in being able to read. All the programs I have come across are aimed at children. I wondered if anyone had suggestions for special needs adult literacy?

  28. Sometimes I just come across something that works and is not frustrating for my son. He love paint blaster. It make him happy which makes me happy. I think we may be learning colors. It is a bit too early to tell.

  29. Would you please consider reviewing and/or adding TalkTablet to you list of AAC Apps for iPad ?

    TalkTablet was recently reviews by Dr. Robin Martin from “Technology for Special Education” and the review is available at…

    TalkTablet is available in over 15 languages and is nearly half the price of Proloquo2go and TouchChat.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 360-715-8580.

    Thank you!!!

  30. hi all
    i wanted to share with you a great ipad home button protection cover that i’ve got for my ipad i use with my son – it takes his focus away from pressing the home button while we are in an app.
    its from but i know they are available in the USA as it looks like that is where they are made
    Lucy xxx

  31. Are you aware of an app that helps kids/adults with autism and other kinds of pervasive development disorders, to deal with visits to the doctor or dentist? Something that will help them prepare them for the experience so there is less need for total anesthetic. Let me know if you do, I’d really appreciate it.

  32. Please let me know if you would be interested in giving away my app on your site. Play 2 Learn can be found on the itunes store. You can check it out on my blog: and on itunes. If you are interested…please let me know…and I would be happy to send you the code…to give away for free to whomever you would like!!

  33. I am looking for apps for 1st year of college. Something that might help him take notes Thanks for any suggestion

  34. Hi,
    I just came out with an app for my cousin who has cerebral palsy. Its called PicWords, and you can check it out here
    Its used for communication, and is set up to be used as a PECS/AAC tool. It works well for him because all the buttons are customizable so you can take actual pictures and record custom audio. Also, we made all the buttons large and across the bottom to make it easier to navigate than a screen filled with many smaller buttons. If anyone tries it and wants to suggest other app ideas or suggest improvements for PicWords let us know.

  35. CareCircles is a new family application, powered by SAP HANA, that helps people lead better lives. It has been transformed into a private social network that allows care providers of people with special needs to create a Personalized Care Plan based on the best strategies from experts, therapists, and other caregivers around the world. A Circle is a private social network only available to those invited into them. Each Circle has three elements: a Journal, a customized care Plan, and a Team of caregivers.

  36. iSpotPro Themed Edition is a “spot the difference” type of game, but with beautifully-crafted graphics, which are easy on the eye and engaging, for kids and adults alike. It provides a means of exercising and strengthening brain functions, and trains your visual memory and pattern recognition skills!

    Demo video trailer:

  37. Quillsoft Ltd. (Toronto, ON) announces the availability of iWordQ App for the Apple iPad. iWordQ is an easy-to-use App to assist struggling writers and readers of all ages, including those who have learning difficulties, such as Dyslexia, or who are learning English as a second language.

    iWordQ is based on Quillsoft’s successful WordQ software which is used by over a million users across the US and Canada. A simple text editor is used for writing with embedded word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and text-to-speech. Multiple ways of reading your text with speech are included. Spell-check and dictionary access is included. You can also use speech recognition with an iPad 3.

    A unique reading mode text shows your text in a more visually pleasing manner to improve readability. This is used for proofreading, reading to learn, silent reading, reading aloud, and casual reading/listening. A novel text chunking method (patent-pending) can be selected to enhance comprehension and readability of text to allow you to focus on one text chunk at a time.

    “The advanced proof-reading features make editing so much easier. I have used it for editing my own work and appreciate the pauses that are interjected at the end of each chunk or segment. This allows me to stop and think about what I have written before moving on to the next chunk or segment. This is a great feature for all students, but especially for those who process information slowly or for those who have difficulty with reading comprehension.”
    – Dana Sahian, Speech Language Pathologist,

    iWordQ is priced at $24.99 USD at the Apple App Store with educational discounts available.

    For further information please visit the App Store, contact, or view

    Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement. Please pass on to anyone who you feel may benefit from this software.

  38. Hello just happened to ding this page really useful apps I was wondering if you guys no where I can find some apps of speech theraphy in Spanish?

  39. I’m wondering if you could help me or point me in the right direction. I have an adult sister (she’s 63 now) who has special needs. She was born hydrocephalic and currently lives in a group home in Michigan.

    I’m planning on getting both of us an iPad for Christmas so that we can video chat (or whatever you call it). I’ve just started doing some inital research into apps that might help keep her mind active.

    Any thoughts on apps for special-needs adults?

  40. I recommend going to and/or their facebook page to ask the question to Siva’s community. He has built a large and diverse following where questions like this would be graciously and informatively answered. –Lorraine

  41. I am wondering if anyone has an app resource list for a Kindle Fire. I am looking mostly for augmentative communication, matching, sequencing, and visual schedules.

    This company has an absolute passion for making technology accessible for children and adults of all abilities. There is a large selection of hardware and software, and the customer service is unparalleled. I know because I was a customer before becoming a public relations representative, which I do because other people need to know that there are options.

    Everything from augmentative communication devices to arms for attaching an iPad or other tablet to a wheelchair or hospital bed rail to educational software, Ipad apps, for the learning disabled. There is also quite a collection of freebies.

    Everything on the website opens up worlds for otherwise isolated people, gives them a voice, and lets them know they matter.

    And we know that if you help us spread the word, many more opportunities will be presented.

  43. I have an adult son with learning disability. He has gone through local schools and has graduated from high school. I just purchased an IPAD and would like to know any IPAD applications that he can use to learn to better communicate.
    Any suggestions?

  44. We are transitioning from our pecs book to using the iPad and it has been difficult for me to find apps that are similar enough to make the transition easier. I paid sixty dollars for an app that is too advanced for him. I wish I would have seen your blog first. Thank you for putting in the effort to help out parents! Truly, thank you it helped me, a busy working single mother of a severely mentally disabled and autistic beautiful 8 year old boy.

  45. Hello. I am looking for an app that encompasses everything from tracking hours worked from providers, the service they provided ie: Respite, Habilitation and Attended Care done in home and at a center based facility.
    Goals that were worked on and to track progress for each goal.
    A diary of what the client did, how well and charts to track the progress/regression in each therapy and goal.
    Each integrated with another.
    I already have the spread sheets, but having this app on an ipad for everyone in the clients circle would be wonderful.
    Along with all the information pertaining to that child.
    All the information for the doctors, therapists names addresses, when appointments were, ect….
    Parents have a hard enough time remembering everything for their child to share with each therapist, teacher, provider. This would be a “one shop place” that data can be shared by all in one location. Is there such a thing???

    I have found some apps, but not ones that I exactly am looking for. But done that specifically fit my needs.

  46. My name is Rebecca Lustig and I work for a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, PA (The Philly Friendship Circle) that provides social opportunities for children, teens and young adults with special needs by pairing them with teen volunteers.

    On April 7th, we’re having an event that focuses on jobs and businesses that somehow benefit the special needs community, even if it’s indirectly. Many of our teen volunteers, as they consider their future, ask about ways they can help through their profession. Do any of your referred app developers reside in the Philly area? If so, think it would be really meaningful if a representative could speak to our teens. Would this be possible?

    Thank you so much!

  47. My son has loved the Autism myVoice communicator android app for an AAC device. It’s only $2.99 and is available on Google Play for android. I also have it on my kindle Fire from amazon. Great choice for helping communicate with family. Child taps and app speaks!

    Google Play link:
    Amazon link:

  48. Please don’t forget about us Windows users. My husband is a software developer and has created several cross-platform apps. His latest (I will link it here when published) is a visual schedule app that will allow the user to take their own pics or select from a list of photos/clip art to use for their schedule. We will be trying it out on vacation with our 5yo Aspergers son.

    I’d love to see more autism specific apps being developed for Windows Phone users. It’s an overlooked market with a lot of potential.

  49. My son has CP and has motor skills like those of a 4 month old baby. We are not certain where he is cognitively, but he does enjoy making things happen on my touch screen phone, so I want to get him a tablet. What tablet would be able to be the most versatile in terms of being compatible with the majority of special needs apps?

    How important is it that it can play Flash – I was just reading that the IPad doesn’t play flash, but the Galaxy does? Is that still true?

    Thanks for any help! I’m pretty computer-illiterate, and totally tablet-app-new stuff -illiterate


  50. I recently downloaded a terrific app, recommended to me by my daughter’s daycare center, called “iOT Screener”. After entering your child’s age and answering a series of simple yes/no questions, the app tells you what percentage of age appropriate developmental milestones are being met. The best thing about the app is that it looks at each developmental area separately (vision, speech, movement, cognition, etc.) and gives you the information. I thnk this app can be very useful to parents.

    – Jane Fitzgerald

  51. Hello Lorianne and Kathy Marsh-
    I was wondering if you had any success in identifying an app that would help students with dexterity challenges create, complete, and save math problems? I have a 4th grade student with cerebral palsy who is currently in need of one to one assistance in order to complete all math computation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

  52. Hey, it’s a great list of apps! Have you considered giving a shot? We created comprehensive tool to support therapy of children with various development and behavioral disorders, such as down syndrome too. Each of our games is focused on one particular skill and allows to track child’s progress. Feel free to visit our website or tweet us – we’ll gladly answer any question 🙂

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  54. PictoPie was developed by the mother of an autistic boy with help from his dedicated teachers at the Lighthouse School for Special Needs in the Hague, the Netherlands.

    All special needs classrooms, living environments and therapy centers use some form of pictograms to help children visualize the tasks, activities and chores that make up their daily lives. Additionally, many special needs children have difficulty with transitions – managing the jump from one activity to the next.

    PictoPie is meant to assist them in a visual way, making use of simple drag and drop functionality so they can see what is in store for them during the course of their day, a visual timer to allow them to see how much longer they have for a particular activity and a two-minute warning to prepare them for the new transition.

    PictoPie was designed for use in the classroom and at home. It was specifically designed for special needs classrooms and other learning environments, including the home. However, more and more mainstream preschool classrooms are using pictograms to create schedules for their children.

    PictoPie is best used for children aged between 2-7 for mainstream locations or for special needs at any age.

  55. Hey,

    Great website! Have you considered giving speechvid a try? It’s a great new learning app that teaches through personalized videos. It was created by parents of a speech delayed boy. Upon seeing how well it helped him start to develop speech and boost his social skills, they decided to make it into an app and share with all parents.

  56. This is a great list and really helpful for parents with non-verbal child.

    We’d also like to add Socky App by Ola Mundo. SOcky is communication app that helps families communicate remotely with kids with ASD through illustrations and multiple choice questions. It’s free and is available for both Android and iOS.

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’d love to answer any questions you might have. We also share inspiring stories and helpful information to the ASD community. Thank you and see you there! 🙂

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