First Words: Animals App For Kids With Autism


App: First Words: Animalsfirstwords: animals

Developer: Clozure Associates and Learning Touch

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (English)

Price: $1.99 First Words Animals – Learning Touch LLC

Category: Reading and Writing Apps


Learn To Spell Animals The Easy Way

There are dozens of animals with concise, short names.  Ant, pig, cow, rat, and hippopotamus bat are just a few examples of this.  First Words: Animals takes advantage of this fact and helps children with autism improve their spelling skills by providing a simple game in which users drag letters to their corresponding spots.  Great for improving fine motor skills, too!



For example, my iPhone is currently displaying the word “ant.”  Below the word are the letters “a”, “n”, and “t”, but more scrambled than the eggs I had for breakfast.  Your child needs only to drag them into the correct spot in order to hear the sound that that animal makes.  (Yes, the ant makes a sound.)



First Words: Animals Options and Such

On the home page of First Words: Animals, there are three buttons:  Play, Options, and More Games.  Play brings you straight to the game, I’ll talk about Options in a second, and More Games brings you to other games created by the same developers.

In the Options tab, there are a couple of important things and many unimportant things.  You should think about the difference between the application saying Letters or Phonics, and should pay attention to the Longest Word setting.



Deluxe and Professional Versions Available

There is a version called FirstWords: Deluxe which costs $4.99 and uses the same concept but with 174 words, including vehicles, colors, shapes, animals, and words from around the house, e.g. fun, run, hit, cry, etc.



Are you a teacher or speech pathologist?  Then, you might be interested in reading our review of First Words: Professional, which contains even more words – up to 350!  The Pro app also allows list and word management, so you can hide words and lists that you don’t want your student to see at any given time.  For example, you can make list of only short words, long words, or words that practice a particular letter sound.  All these options for $9.99!


First Words Professional Screenshot



Further Reading:  Looking for a fun app for your special kid?  Check out the Dance Party Zoo App


Want to Get This App?

Download from iTunes:  First Words Animals – Learning Touch LLC


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