Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis. With the invention of the iPad and rise of tablets in general many apps have been created to aid in developmental therapies of children on the Autistic spectrum. Here are 10 that come highly recommended by Applied Behavior Analysts, BCBAs and special needs parents. If you have an app that has ben beneficial to a child with special needs please feel free to post links to these apps below. Feel free to share these apps on your favorite social networks as well.
AutisMate's is a great app for children with Autism because of it’s comprehensive approach that encourages users to develop communication and behavioral skills simultaneously, allowing each skill to build on the other through features like video modeling, stories, schedules and much more.
- Drawing Pad
Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio app that is great for children with Autism at all ages! The app allows the creation of artwork with your fingers through realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, roller pens and more! This app is a fun way for children to draw and write words.
Proloquo2Go® provides a “voice” to over 50,000 individuals around the world, who are unable to speak or have difficulty speaking. Proloquo2Go enables people to talk using symbols or typed text in a natural-sounding voice that suits their age and character. It is a great app for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.
ConversationBuilder is incredibly helpful for high-functioning autistic children who are working on identifying and constructing appropriate conversations. ConversationBuilder™ (Pat. Pend.) is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings through a simple interface that is fun and educational at the same time.
- ABA Flash Cards
ABA Flash Cards helps children recognize different emotions and nonverbal cues in others by using flash cards. In addition to the cards that come with the app, users can create their own, and can incorporate audio, too. The app features 8 game modes, customizable speeds and a multi-sensory learning tool.
- Super Duper "What Are They Thinking"
Super Duper "What Are They Thinking" is an engaging educational App that improve your students' inferencing, reasoning, and conversational skills through the use of colorful interactive cards. The app introduced users to new grammatical structures, improves their sentence lengths and teaches storytelling as well as practice articulation and fluency skills.
AutismXpress is a free app that encourages people with autism to recognize and express emotions. The app displays 12 buttons, each a cartoon caricature of a facial expression of how one feels: happy, sad, hungry, etc. Pressing a button creates a full-screen image of that emotion. The app is designed to help teach recognition of emotions and facial expressions-a challenge for most autistic children.
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