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Apps for Special Needs

One Voice turns an iphone or ipad into an augmented and alternative communication device. It requires no training and can be used by people of most ages. Relying on images on the touch screen, users build sentences to communicate. The app lets users upload their own pictures to use as icons.

A simple but powerful app, That’s How I Feel, uses brightly colored and easy to understand illustrations to help children express their feelings. The app is easy to use. Designed with a traffic light in mind, the app uses three primary colors to express different emotions. The app contains children’s most powerful feelings. Simple voice recordings convey appropriate intonation for each feeling on That’s How I Feel.

Speech Trainer 3D uses exciting 3D animations to give amazing detailed demonstrations of the correct positioning of the tongue, lips, and mouth for speech production. This great visual tool is designed to help individuals to practice every sound in the English language, including vowels and consonants. It works on all Apple-based mobile devices including: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

According to many speech therapists, difficulties with /r/ is one of the most common challenges that many students with speech needs face. /R/ Intensive is an app designed to help students practice production of this crucial phoneme. Using a phonetic approach, this app is the only tool in the market that allows you to practice the production of the /r/ phoneme and tally the percentage of accuracy. It works on all apple based mobile devices including: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Expressionist is a communication app that helps users express and model facial expressions. The app, developed by Adastrasoft, uses a playful cartoon character to help users understand and model expressions for a wide range of emotions, senses, and actions. The app is intuitive and requires no training prior to use.

VoiceThread is now available for mobile devices. This app puts creativity and multisensory expression in the palm of your hand. Created by VoiceThread, the app brings the same functionality for communication and collaboration to mobile devices. What a great way to engage students in content and conversation!

Smarty Ears provides a wide range of educational apps for special education, speech-language pathologists, teacher and parents. The products are developed under the guidance of a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and strive to apply evidence from current research in product development. See if this collection of apps has something for you.

Learning to share and take turns is a challenge for some children. iTake Turns features voice output and helps children develop this important social skill.

TapSpeak Choice allows quick and easy creation of communication grids for building communication and emerging language skills. Text-to-speech options support 20 different languages and 43 voices. This app offers communication-on-the-go for individuals with a variety of language and communication needs.

The Social Express™ software is designed to teach children and young adults how to think about and manage social situations to help them develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life.

Add to the convenience of notepads with Abilipad by Cheryl Bregman. This highly rated app puts word prediction, customized keyboards, voice output and many more useful features at your fingertips.

Felt-Board by Software Smoothie is a virtual felt board. Great for creating characters, telling stories, or exploring virtual imaginary worlds of shapes, settings, scenes, letters, and numbers. Fun for everyone!

Create an engaging literacy experience for children with the storybook app, Where Do Balloons Go? The interactive features allow children to touch and hear written words, play matching games, and record their own voices. Learn more here.

Futaba Classroom Games turns an iPad into a small smart table with this classroom game for up to four players. Children learn cooperatively using a single iPad with fully customizable learning activities. Learn more at

Story Patch is an interactive app that lets students create their own picture books. Students may choose from hundreds of images included in the app or import their own photos and images. A set of story themes are also available for students who struggle with writing. Learn more at

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