I’ve decided today, instead of reviewing a single app in depth, to give you guys a list of 10 Free iPad Apps for Children With Special Needs. I hope that you find a couple of applications that are perfect for your unique child, and that he enjoys using these apps just as much as you enjoy watching him learn and grow!
If you like this post, please check out my recent article on the top 10 AAC apps under $30!
Free iPad Apps List
See.Touch.Learn By Brain Parade
See.Touch.Learn is one of the top free iPad apps for children with special needs. Below is a review from a parent of a five year old autistic son.
I have been reading the questions aloud to my autistic son, instead of using the recorded voice. I like that option a LOT. We need him to focus on a human face speaking, and this is a great way. He is also nonverbal at age 5, and I am getting him to mouth or approximate the words or use sign to repeat what I just asked him to touch. He wants to touch the right picture and he makes eye contact with me or the SLP and really REAALLY listens to what we are asking him to touch, select or press. After a couple of short sessions with him twice a day over three days his ABA therapist mentioned how focused he was on her at their session today and how he made constant eye contact and listened to her requests. She did not know we had started using an iPad. He hit 100% correct responses with her over a 2 hour session! This is great and not the norm! The only different thing I have done is use the iPad and the apps from A4cwsn app party, primarily yours, as recommmended by the SLP. It is super motivating for him. Thanks for a great app
See.Touch.Learn is an app that takes picture cards to a whole new level and applies the concept to a great iPad application, designed by behavior analysts specifically for kids with special needs. You can use the included cards, purchase and download new ones, and make up your own in this highly customizable free iPad app. (English)
TapToTalk is an in-depth, free AAC application. For more information, and a link to the free download, check out my previous post on TapToTalk. (English)
Model Me Going Places
Model Me Going Places is a wonderful application that gets kids prepared for social situations that seem frightening of foreign to them. For an in-depth review of this free iPad app for children with special needs and a link to the free download, check out my post on Model Me Going Places. (English)
Inspired by Les, Talk Assist is an alternative speech aid that provides a voice for people who cannot speak for themselves.
Using Text to Speech technology, anything you type in will be spoken out loud for others to hear. Phrases will be saved to a history, and favorite phrases can be bookmarked for regular use. (English)
Splatter HD is an extremely fun app that lets kids paint randomly or make a picture. For an in-depth review and link to a free download, check out my post on Splatter HD. (English)
While AutismXpress does seem to have mixed reviews, it’s a free application that allows kids to verbalize their feelings, though some would argue that most of the things shown on the application are not actually feelings. Also, hiccupy is spelled incorrectly on the app, but we’re not complaining, because it is one of the best free iPad apps for children with special needs.
The ‘Autism Xpress’has been created to help promote greater awareness about autism spectrum disorders. It is designed to encourage people with autism to recognizes and express their emotions through its fun and easy to use interface.
Talking Tom Cat 2
Talking Tom Cat 2, the sequel to the beloved application, is an all-time favorite of many kids who have autism, making it one of the best free ipad applications for children on the spectrum. Tom repeats what you say, gets into pillow fights, and reacts to your touch. (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
Talking Tom Cat 2 for iPad – Out Fit 7 Ltd.
Virtuoso 2 HD Free
The free HD version of Virtuoso 2 allows kids who have special needs to play their hearts out on a digital piano. Whether they actually play music or just enjoy the noise, this app is surely one of the top 10 free iPad apps for children with special needs. (English)
The Pocket Penguins free iPad application will have kids who love animals entranced – the California Academy sciences have a camera streaming live video of penguins from a zoo straight to your iPad for free! Watch them any time, anywhere! (English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish)
ABC PocketPhonics Lite
In addition to letter tracing, ABC PocketPhonics has the ability to teach kids with special needs phonics – sounds that letters make. The application helps kids put these sounds together to form words, and has goofy pictures to go along with the reading and writing fun of this free ipad app for children with special needs! (English)
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