Speech Therapist’s Favorite Apps For Children on the Spectrum

speech therapist's favorite ipad apps

The iPad/iPod technology is continuing to grow and become a part of our kid’s daily life.  Many families have purchased an iPad and many classrooms have at least one iPad, if not more, for their students.  The app market also continues to grow.  To date, there are over 425,000 apps!

As a speech therapist, I have continued my search for the best apps to use in my work with children with special needs.  Below is my current favorite list of apps for my students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  These apps have been chosen because they address the hallmark weakness of kids on the spectrum, are engaging, well attended to, and include realistic images and sounds. Many are also low priced or Free — I love Free.

Speech Therapist’s Favorite iPad Apps












In addition, here are a few fun apps that help kids talk about and experience very difficult activities — getting a haircut, going to the doctor, and visiting the dentist.



The actions kids can perform and sound effects make the apps truly multi-sensory.  Using these apps are a great way to rehearse and prepare for these potentially challenging tasks.

Want a kid-safe way to search for images in your iPad?  Check out FotoFarm. This app completely screens images and has a very simple interface. This app allows me to search with confidence and not have to worry about anything inappropriate popping up. (Warning- it is not 100% foolproof.)

Written by a Guest Author who works as a speech therapist with children on the autism spectrum.

Further Reading:  10 Free iPad Apps for Children With Special Needs

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9 Responses to Speech Therapist’s Favorite Apps For Children on the Spectrum

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  2. Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP on October 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hi I’m the author of the above Apps for ASD Therapist’s Fav list. Please see my web site or blog for more information http://www.communik-9.blogspot.com

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  4. Jim McClafferty on January 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I started Brain Parade and created See.Touch.Learn. for children with Autism and special learning needs and have found that Speech professionals have been the most frequent and most vocal users of the app. There is a free edition and an all-inclusive paid edition. I think if you give it a try you’ll find it to be one of your favorites as well. We are making additions and enhancements to the app including student management features and the ability to create and share lessons with other professionals and parents. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
    -Jim McClafferty, Founder – Brain Parade

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