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.

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.

Additional Resources for Special Needs:

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Bridget Bailey July 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

I have a blog also just for infants/toddlers with special needs using an iPad.

Dana Clerkin October 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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.

pragmatic mom October 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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!

Lisa Hamm October 9, 2010 at 12:20 am

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

Luis Perez November 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I maintain a wiki with an extensive app list, tutorials, and reviews at

Lorianne November 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

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.

Pamela December 19, 2010 at 6:27 am

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!


Jeremy Brown January 7, 2011 at 4:36 am

If you are on Facebook, join the iTeach Special Education – iDevices in Special Education group!

Jason's Mom January 17, 2011 at 4:50 am
Check out this app for creating customized choice boards for kids with different levels of visual and cognitive clarity. It is free!

Disabled Living January 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

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.

ASDMumOz February 10, 2011 at 5:38 am

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.

K Cloud March 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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.

Bruce March 15, 2011 at 2:39 am

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

Will Kantz March 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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

John March 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

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.

Cristen Reat March 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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!

Scott March 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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.

Erwin vd Hout March 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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

Wayne Allen Bateman July 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

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:

Jane August 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Excellent list–thanks for making so many of us aware of this

Traci Garceau August 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

This is a wonderful list . Thank you so much for sharing.

Benster October 6, 2011 at 7:48 am


How can I get my app listed here?
There are more videos at

Missy Olive October 30, 2011 at 7:43 am

I just found your blog. Thanks for this great list!

Lynn Gallant November 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Where can I find apps for augmentative communication in French?

E vdhout December 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

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

Barbara January 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

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.

Benster January 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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.)

Moms With Apps January 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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

virginia January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I am looking for an APP for language delays receptive for a 9 year old. any advise. thanks

Robert February 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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!

Katie March 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

We love Squiggles! Pictures come to life with Squiggles!, a revolutionary new educational drawing app for for toddlers and it’s FREE.

Jill Eversmann March 21, 2012 at 6:01 am

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

Grandma March 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

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.

Kathy Marsh April 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

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?

Dayna Cipolla-Jetton April 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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

JD April 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I’ve created a new, simple AAC app that you might consider adding to your list. Currently 150 words plus all letters and numbers. I’d like to add more words/phrases based on user feedback.

Susan Bride April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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?

ally May 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

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.

Christine May 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hey all! The link below is for a Speech Therapy iPad app! Great reviews and is rated #15 in medical apps, currently. Check it out, and hope it can help you or someone you know out.

Gordon Harris May 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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!!!

Brenda Lee Cosse' July 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi5! Thanks for considering Parents with Special Needs. Our kids enjoy apps, too! Sharing with #EnjoyHi5Autism networks, including Is this specific momswithapps post (Special Needs Apps) on Pinterest? Would like to pin it on .

lucy July 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

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

RHoltslander July 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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.

kim marino July 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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!!

Sherol July 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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

David August 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

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.

Dave Howard August 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Does anyone have any apps that they can recommend to me for a non-verbal children? I have being using Speech Button and really like and am finding the iPad a great resources for my daughter – but would like to add others. Suggestions?
Here is the link to Speech Button if you’re interested

Nikolaos Tsakonas September 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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.

Mayuir September 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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:

Fraser Shein September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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 [email protected], 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.

Sharon October 3, 2012 at 1:49 am

My sister loves PlayTales, which is an interactive app for kids to read. and it’s different from any other ebook, because my sister also learn another new language since there are 8 different language choices. When we go for a trip, she just made it auto-play, which is convenient. here’s the link:

Hope October 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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?

Moms With Apps October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Hope: Try Speech With Milo ( I believe they have spanish versions of their speech therapy apps.

Kathy from Maine December 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

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?

Moms With Apps December 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

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

Monica December 12, 2012 at 3:37 am

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.

Amber Steenbock December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm
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.

Raj Rajkarne December 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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? January 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

How long did it take u to compose “Apps for Special Needs – momswithapps.
com”? It carries a bunch of fine info. Appreciate it ,Gertrude

Laura January 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

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.

Moms With Apps January 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

So glad you found the post useful. Thanks for your comment!

Victoria March 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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.

rebecca lustig March 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

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!

mark April 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

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:

Valerie Carter May 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

Check out: Sign Me A Story. Free through iTunes/App Store. Teaches sign language in an animated story format. Features pop-up videos demonstrating the apps by my talented daughter with special needs. Fun and educational! 53 five star reviews!

Apple Link:

Anna June 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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.

Ruby July 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Cool good work!

Linda July 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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


Jane Fitzgerald August 24, 2013 at 4:01 am

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

Bill November 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

MonkeyWord works really well. My 9 yr old son with DS will play it all on his own. Bill

Lisa January 21, 2014 at 2:22 am

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!

Moms With Apps January 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Dexteria Jr. handles language arts but not math. I really like the developer though, he may have some thoughts:

Howard Hirshfield April 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

What a fantastic app post. Some app is very important for us to work easily. I’m trying to find apps that can help me to learn new language. Thanks!

Simon April 30, 2014 at 7:20 am

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