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Simplex Spelling HD :Dolch Sight Words and Reverse Phonics | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Simplex Spelling HD :Dolch Sight Words and Reverse Phonics | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Simplex Spelling HD Dolch Sight Words with Reverse Phonics
Reviewed by Tobi Price, assistant school principal.

This was the third app from the Simplex family that I have had the opportunity to try. I was pleasantly surprised once again. The developers really listen to the feedback sent in from users. They have added and made changes based on the feedback they received.

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Simplex Spelling: Phonics 2 | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Simplex Spelling: Phonics 2 | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Today I had the pleasure of discovering and learning with the Simplex Spelling app (Phonics 2) for iPad.
The app is designed to help kids learn spelling rules, sounds, and syllables. It is divided into lessons that individual users work through independently to master skills. This app is very well made, easy to use, and engaging. Simplex Spelling would be especially useful in the classroom for teachers. Listed are 4 reasons why teachers will love this app!

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Touch and Write | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Touch and Write | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

“Touch and Write has moved to the top of my list for learning to write. It’s extremely fun for my 4 year old with classic autism and the easiest app for me to customize!” – from parent review.✩✩✩✩✩ FizzBrain featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes”! Kids love learning to write – especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! “Touch and Write” was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning letters by writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! “Touch and Write” uses a letter style similar to those most commonly taught in schools, so it prepares children for a real classroom. “Touch and Write” also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience for your child! And it comes with 6 of its own word lists, including the most important words for young children to learn – high frequency sight words!

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Tappie Colorit | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Tappie Colorit | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Tappie Colorit is the new touch-screen application suitable for small kids aged 1 to 3 years old. Kids are encouraged to figure out simple cognitive puzzles based on shape or color.

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LetterReflex – Overcoming Letter reversals | Apps For Children with Special Needs

LetterReflex – Overcoming Letter reversals | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Does your child get his b’s and d’s mixed up? How about her p’s and q’s? LetterReflex provides a fun way to help overcome common letter reversals. The first activity, Tilt It, uses kinesthetic learning to teach left from right. The second activity, Flip It, allows them to practice what they learned while honing their letter discrimination skills.

√ Tilt It: Teach Left from Right using Kinesthetic Learning

According to research, a key reason for letter reversals is not knowing left from right, and as a result kids get confused when trying to discriminate between a “b” and a ‘d” or a “p” and a “q”. They’re not quite sure which side the letter loop should go on.

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Sound Matching | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Sound Matching | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Sound Matching app! The Sound Matching app develops phonological awareness, sound order sequencing skills, and auditory attention skills. This task builds phonological awareness with an emphasis on sound placement and order within a word. This app increases the ability to break words into smaller parts and recognize smaller parts in words. Being able to break words into smaller parts and recognize sounds in words is an important skill that is necessary for early reading and spelling skills. This app was created by pediatric Speech Language Pathologist Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP.

Phonological awareness provides a beginning reader with an important tool for understanding relations between written and spoken language. A deficit in phonological awareness is accepted as a consistent feature of reading disabilities. Poor phonological awareness is linked to poor reading skills independent of IQ.

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The Social Express | Apps For Children with Special Needs

The Social Express | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Social Learning Made Easy!
The Social Express™ is engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The software is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life.

Some of the core concepts presented are based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner and her Social Thinking® curriculum. More information can be found on the Social Thinking® website, www.socialthinking.com. Users are encouraged to learn more about Michelle’s work to gain the full benefit from the program.

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Injini: Childhood Development Game Suite | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Injini: Childhood Development Game Suite | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Reviewed by A. Taylor SLPAs

Injini: Child Development Game Suite was a labor of love from “Project Injini”, a collaborative effort between professional developers and early childhood developmental specialists. The goal was to “design exceptional learning experiences and assistive applications to improve the lives of children with special needs”. It is easy to understand why it has such rave reviews from both parents and educators-these are educationally sound, FUN motor and early learning activities! Sadly, Project Injini has drawn to an end, but its spirit remains in Injini: Child Development Game Suite, and its two sister apps, Write My Name by Injini, and My First AAC by Injini.

Injini really shouldn’t be considered just one app but rather a collection of apps. As its full name suggests, it is a suite of apps for early childhood. There are many quality games/exercises all in one place. This means the purchase of this one app covers many skill areas, instead of having a bunch of different apps to address the same skills. At $29.99 Injini is not on the cheap side, but it certainly is of great value.

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iModeling Boundaries | Apps For Children with Special Needs

iModeling Boundaries | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

The iModeling Boundaries™ app teaches a child the boundaries of touch. It uses photos (uploaded by the parent/carer) of people involved in the child’s life. The child sorts these photos into groups. Each group has a specific relationship (e.g. family and friends) and a specific kind of touch (hugs and kisses) designated to it.

This sorting process needs to be guided by the parent/carer of the child. The iModeling Boundaries™ app gives the parent/carer the tool to start the conversation around the boundaries of touch and relationships.

The iModeling Boundaries™ app combines two current models of safe-touch; the contact model, which focuses on the types of contact you might have, and the relationship model, which focuses on the type of relationships you engage in. We call the iModeling Boundaries™ app a contact and relationship model.

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First Sight Words: Professional edition | Apps For Children with Special Needs

First Sight Words: Professional edition | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Help your kid achieve reading fluency with Learning Touch’s newest app, First Sight Words Professional! With over 300 of the most common words in the English language, this app focuses on the core vocabulary your children will need throughout their lives.

Based on the Dolch Word List, First Sight Words Professional uses the same child-friendly design and uncluttered interface that made FirstWords one of the all-time best selling educational apps for iOS. New features make it the ideal choice for use in the classroom, the car, or on the couch:

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Picture the Sentence HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Picture the Sentence HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Picture the Sentence is one of five available apps from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development. (Picture the Sentence, First Phrases, Fun with Directions, More Fun with Directions, and First Words International) Picture the Sentence helps the user assemble sentences through picture, audio and text cues. The child “pictures” the parts of the sentences through the pairing of images to auditory instruction, or “voice commands”, attaching meaning to the words. There are 3 levels and a variety of settings to help the child eventually form mental pictures on their own without visual support.

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Fun with Directions HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Fun with Directions HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Fun with Directions HD is one of five apps from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development ( Fun With Directions, More Fun With Directions, Picture the Sentence, First Phrases, and First Words International). Fun With Directions HD is an app designed to target listening skills, while incorporating ten basic concepts. The settings also allow text to be turned on/voice turned off, to practice early reading skills. Again, flexibility is a main feature of this app- this is very customizable to the needs of each user.

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Simplex Spelling: Phonics 1 | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Simplex Spelling: Phonics 1 | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Simplex Spelling: Phonics 1
Reviewed by Tobi Price, assistant school principal.

I am excited to let people know about this wonderful app. I am surprised it took me this long to finally hear about them. This app, Spell Phonics, is an app designed not to just help kids memorize words but to help them actually learn to spell.

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Bugs and Buttons | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Bugs and Buttons | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Make fun more educational! Bugs and Buttons is a uniquely styled collection of games and activities that are entertaining and educational.

The app goes beyond simply great graphics and beautiful music by engaging children through intriguing game play that progressively adapts to their skill level. Designed to be self paced, each activity offers simple visual instructions. Offering two play modes, children can choose to be automatically guided or explore and play.

KEY FEATURES
• 18 games and activities*
• 45+ minutes of fun, quirky, and beautiful music
• 40+ achievement stamps to earn or find
• Adaptive play provides challenge with less frustration
• Advanced multi-touch interactions
• Visual instructions that display and hide automatically

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Activities 4 kids 1 | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Activities 4 kids 1 | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Educational & Fun, “Activities For Kids” is 4 apps in 1! It will teach important skills to preschool and elementary school kids while having fun!

Your children will love to connect the dots, find what’s different, discover what does not belong and set the time on the Cuckoo clock! This app helps you children learn how to count, tell time, learn pattern recognition and item groupings. It’s a great app when you’re on the go and the activities can be cleared or restarted so that your kids can play again & again!

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Dexteria-Fine Motor Skill Development | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Dexteria-Fine Motor Skill Development | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Dexteria is for parents and occupational therapists who want to improve fine motor skills or handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger exercises take full advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

***NOTE: Apple’s Multitasking Gestures feature is not compatible with multi-touch apps like Dexteria. Please disable it in the iPad settings menu.***

THERAPISTS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS: MULTI-USER TRACKING NOW AVAILABLE AS AN IN-APP PURCHASE FOR iPAD! TRACK UNLIMITED USERS!

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Auditory Rhyming | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Auditory Rhyming | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Auditory Rhyming app! Recognition of rhyme is one of the first ways that a child demonstrates phonological awareness. Rhyming skills are important for reading and spelling, because it can help children recognize words that share common sounds often share common letter sequences. Once a child can spell cat, they quickly learn they can also spell bat, hat, sat, etc. This also applies to reading. Rhyme helps the child develop the ability to break words into smaller parts and recognize smaller parts in words, which is an important skill that is needed for reading and spelling.

Phonological awareness provides a beginning reader with an important tool for understanding relations between written and spoken language. A deficit in phonological awareness is accepted as a consistent feature of reading disabilities. Poor phonological awareness is linked to poor reading skills independent of IQ.

Children with deficits in one or more areas of phonological processing abilities may have more difficulty learning to read than those who do not. Phonological awareness describes an individual’s awareness of, and access to, the phonological structure of oral language.

The Auditory Rhyming app directly enhances and elevates phonological awareness skills in order for a young child to become a proficient reader and speller.

There are three different rhyme presentation options:

Inclusion (Which two words rhyme?)
Exclusion (Which one does not rhyme?)
Random (Mixed presentation of inclusion and exclusion)

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Syllable Counting | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Syllable Counting | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Syllable Counting app! Syllable counting promotes literacy development as well as syllable inclusion during speech production tasks. Memory also plays a small part in this task, as the child must internally hold onto the word in their mind while analyzing how many syllables they heard in the target word. Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP, developed this Syllable Counting app.

The Syllable Counting app includes over 250 colorful and engaging picture cards: one syllable words with consonant blends, two syllable words, three syllable words, and four syllable words. The child hears a target word and must determine the number of syllables in the word.

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Visual Routine | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Visual Routine | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Reviewed by A. Taylor SLPAs

Visual Routine is a simple and inexpensive easy-to-program visual schedule. The schedule is easy to program and use, while allowing flexibility in adding text, audio or images to routine steps. It also has a unique feature which allows embedding of up to four choices within a routine’s step. These can be used for choices (i.e. as part of a Morning routine, the choices eggs or pancakes could be embedded into one step. This feature could also be used to break down a step into smaller steps i.e. for a Lunch Time Routine, steps could be broken down into one, two or three tasks for each step: wash hands, sit at table; eat; all done, plate in sink, wash hands; play time )

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My DPS : Digital Problem Solver | Apps For Children with Special Needs

My DPS : Digital Problem Solver | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Reviewed by Jessica Lawson.

My DPS(Digital Problem Solver) is an application that focuses on emotions and coping
strategies using animated videos. It is a customizable app as well, allowing you to add
your own pictures and coping techniques.
Features:
There are 8 feelings included in this app.
*Bored
*Happy
*Surprised
*Mad
*Annoyed
*Sad
*Frustrated
*Scared
There are four coping strategies.
*Use Positive Self-Talk
*Take Five Deep Breaths
*Take a Break to Calm Down
*Remind Myself to Keep Negative Thoughts In My Head

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Answers:YesNo HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Answers:YesNo HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

Answers:Yes/No HD, by Simplified Touch, was made with a specific goal in mind: to provide an affordable and uncomplicated method of communication for a young man with autism and motor difficulties. A simple customizable AAC tool designed for nonverbal or preverbal communicators, its latest update brings many new features while still retaining its ease of use and small price tag. This app can be used to support children who are verbal as well. (See Using Answers:Yes/No HD) There is also an iPhone version, Answers:Yes/No. I especially love that Simplified Touch has also thought to create a fully functional FREE version to try out- Answers: Yes/No Free- which simply has less customizable buttons and a slightly different interface. Once you try it, believe me, you’ll want the extra buttons and interface- and if you are on an iPad, you’ll want the better graphics. Simplified Touch has also developed My Stories, an app that allows the user to create custom stories.

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First Phrases HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

First Phrases HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

First Phrases HD is one of five apps from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development ( First Phrases, Fun With Directions, More Fun With Directions, Picture the Sentence, and First Words International). This is a perfect app for young students who are just beginning to combine 2 or 3 words together to communicate. The app provides Verb + Noun phrases such as cut + the cake, or eat + the + banana. The app also includes phrasal verbs (verb + preposition) like put away or turn on. First Phrases HD is my favorite app in this series and also the biggest hit among my young students with speech and language delays. They love the cause and effect aspect of this app- tap a phrase and the character will animate it. Even more enticing, is the record feature. After the child records the phrase, they can listen to their recording, causing the animation to repeat. This is really delightful for my students who understand the character is doing what they requested through their own verbal language!

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First Words International HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

First Words International HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

First Words International is the newest addition in a suite of five apps from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development. (Picture the Sentence, First Phrases, Fun with Directions, More Fun with Directions,and now First Words International)
Reviewed by A. Taylor SLPAs

I was particularly excited to see the multilingual aspect of this app, as I work with many students who are both Speech and Language Delayed and English Language Learners, and therapy apps in different languages are scarce in the App Store.
As a parent, I am also thrilled to have this app to expose my children to other languages. They enjoy playing and have picked up on several words in Spanish and Chinese already just through auditory instruction. There is a record feature which is very helpful for them to compare their pronunciation with that of the native speaker’s.

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More Fun with Directions HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs

More Fun with Directions HD | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Apps for Children with Special Needs | Scoop.it

More Fun with Directions HD is one of five apps from Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language and Auditory Development ( Fun With Directions, More Fun With Directions, Picture the Sentence, First Phrases, and First Words International). Just like its predecessor, Fun With Directions, More Fun With Directions HD is an app designed to target listening skills, this time incorporating 12 new basic concepts: above, below, behind, front, on, under, put in, take out, turn on, turn off, up, down.

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