Zanny – Born To Run App Review For Children With Autism

Zanny Born To Run iPad App

App: Zanny – Born To Run

Developer: Extra Special Kids, LLC

Platform: iPad only (English)

Price: $2.99 Zanny - Born to Run - Extra Special Kids, LLC.

Category: Reading and Writing Apps


NOTE from the developer (as of March 10, 2013):

Extra Special Kids Hi. Yes – ESK has been going through some changes and there will be an announcement coming soon, but just so you know, we are donating our apps to Autism Speaks and (depending on the timetable of the developers who are donating their time) they will be available for *free* through them. Anybody who already has Zanny or Lilly on their iPad can continue to use them, but they have been pulled from the store until we can transfer them to the AS account, so no new sales can be made until then, and you wont be able to re-download them if you’ve deleted them from your iPad. I know it’s a drag, and I’m truly sorry about the delay, but the upside is that they will soon be free to any family who would like to use them  … stay tuned!


This iPad application was actually recommended to us by a reader whose child enjoys the application (thank you!).  After reviewing the app, I found it worthwhile, so, here is my review.

Zanny – Born To Run Is Great For Kids With Autism

Zanny – Born To Run is a fantastic iPad app that is wonderful for any child on the spectrum because of it’s fun, interactive nature.  This app is basically a storybook that has a few interactive pieces to it. “Zanny” is a crazy guy who never stops running, and he never runs out of energy.  (Lots of kids can relate to this, right?)

As your child reads the story, he or she can tap Zanny to watch him run.  They can also tap other objects in the environment in order to hear sounds and see different movements.


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Zanny – Born to Run Has Easy To Use Features

Zanny – Born To Run reads the book out loud for your kids, and allows them to turn the pages at their own rate by clicking the side arrows.  They can also go back to a previous page, if they would like to.

Fun Interactive Activities

Throughout the story, Zanny runs with a cheetah, leaps with a panther, and plays with his Cheerios.  The book is fun-filled and will make any kid giggle.

Extra Special Feelings Game Included

But what also makes Zanny – Born To Run a good app is the Extra Special Feelings game.  If you tap the bottom of the screen, a dock will come up.  Then, click the orange balloon.  Now, kids will be told an emotion.  (Tim is happy.)  Then, they need to drag and drop the connect expression onto Tim’s face!  If they get it right, they get a special reward sequence with confetti and balloons.

Your child might also like:  Speech with Milo – Interactive Storybook

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  2. ann on March 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Was super disappointed that Zanny- Born to Run is not available in the U.S. :(

    • Jack Kieffer on March 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Yes, it’s true. But, according to the developer, Zanny Born to Run is being given to Autism Speaks … and they are planning to make it available for FREE in the near future! –Jack

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        That will be fantastic. I will watch for it. I really appreciate all your app reviews and have gotten many because of your reviews.:) ann

  3. Ann on March 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    That will be great. I appreciate all the reviews you do, and have gotten some great apps to use with my special needs students.i will eagerly be waiting. Ann

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