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What’s App?! Apps to Entertain and Educate

Are you looking for a way to entertain and educate your children during the upcoming holiday vacation?

Here is a list of some great apps for kids and adults with developmental difficulties, including autism. These apps can help with communication, social skills and even problem solving.

Autism iHelp – Sounds

Category: Educational

Integrates auditory and visual stimuli and emphasizes connecting images with their accompanying sound.

Autism Read & Write Pro

Categories: Educational, Speech

Provides assistance for your child to identify things found at home, at school, and in other places. Helps children understand what they read, write, and learn in their own space and time.

Proloquo2Go – Symbol-Based AAC

Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Provides assistance to nonverbal children with autism featuring natural-sounding voice and speech which can be generated by simply tapping buttons with symbols or typing a word.

i Create… Social Skills Stories…-social-skills/id513666306?mt=8

Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Designed for young children and individuals with developmental delays. It has a social story sample that serves as a guide. You can organize photos and pages in the book. This app helps children recall the events  of a story and enhances their social skills.

ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

Categories: Educational, Social Skills

Provides children with a simple and fun way to recognize 100 emotions. Users are taught how to understand and respond to these emotions once they have been identified.

Daniel Tiger for Parents

Categories: Functional Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Helps children with autism learn life skills, such as sharing, trying new foods and working with emotions. 

I’m On It: Focus Timer for ADHD & ASD

Categories: Functional Skills, Behavioral Intervention

Timer app helps anyone who struggles with staying focused on tasks, particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, or ADD) as well as people working through the unique challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Sensory Light Box

Categories: Games, Entertainment

Free app that allows users to touch the screen to trigger a particle effect, spawn new particles, and have up to 10 touch points active simultaneously. It’s a great app that is made specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

First Then Visual Schedule

Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Health Manager

This app can help your child increase his/her independence and reduce anxiety through the use of visual schedules. Allows the user to add images, record voice and organize a schedule. 

Endless Reader

Promotes early reading habits in your child. The cute Endless monsters teach your child sight words and their usage in a fun filled environment.

Dino Tim

Exciting voiceovers help children learn shapes, colors, and numbers,  enhancing motor coordination and visual perceptions of colors & objects in motion.

Otsimo | Special Education AAC

Uses techniques designed around applied behavior analysis (ABA) and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to help children reach speech development milestones as well as achieve desired lifestyle skills, behaviors, and much more. With over 50 games that can be personalized to a child’s specific needs,  it provides progress reports along the way that show how far they’ve come since using the app.

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