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iPads & Autism Apps RecommendationsShannon Des Roches Rosa writes atwww.thinkingautismguide.comwww.squidalicious.com
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Compiled by a parent, an autistic adult, and an SLPCorina Becker writes at autisticapp.blogspot.comnostereotypeshere.blogspot.com
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Jordan Sadler, SLP writes atwww.jordansadler.netwww.jordansadler.net/blog.html
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questions or suggestions:shannonrosa@yahoo.comupdated 5/10/2015
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if no date, added pre-5/2011
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AppFunctionPriceiTunes LinkLite/Free VersionReviewVideo Date Added
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Advocacy
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iAdvocateStrategies, simulations, & resources to build parent advocacy skills & knowledge. Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iadvocate/id427814325?mt=8n/ahttp://thinkingautismguide.blogspot.com/2011/06/interview-iadvocates-alan-foley-on.html6/25/2011
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Art
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Art of GlowMake lovely glowing patterns to play and stare at. Soothing, sensory.0.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/art-of-glow-pro/id380120815?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/art-of-glow/id387680399?mt=8http://autisticapp.blogspot.com/2010/09/mood-pad-and-art-of-glow.html
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DrawFreeMagnadoodle-like simple drawingFreehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/draw-free-for-ipad/id366755447?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.html
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Draw With StarsAnimated drawing & methodical erasingFreehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/draw-stars-play-musical-animated/id367460661?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKDY98s-q6g
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FacesiMakeFun, free-form collage making1.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/faces-imake-premium/id389101695?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/faces-imake-lite/id357230884?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39EAF18J1mA
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SketchesDraw/paint/color with realistic tools. In-app purchase required for some tools.Freehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches/id641900855?mt=85/9/2015
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Zen BrushSimple, elegant ink brush painting, drawing, and writing2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zen-brush/id382200873?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/10/our-current-favorite-app-stylus-zen.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_6P0RJFjWs10/24/2011
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Books
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Andrew Answers"Seriously silly," supports language building through word play, repetition, and cheekiness.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/andrew-answers/id406162881?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/02/rainy-day-apps-leo-loves-and-one-mali.html
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Blue Hat, Green Hat (or any Sandra Boynton apps)Fun interactivity, nice cause/effect features. Great for basic concepts such as colors, clothing item labels. Help the animals get dressed and laugh along with the funny turkey on every page. 3.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blue-hat-green-hat-boynton/id444031617?mt=8http://www.padgadget.com/2011/07/05/blue-hat-green-hat-sandra-boyntons-books-brought-to-life-on-the-ipad/
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel (or Daniel Tiger's Day and Night)Kids can explore routines that often cause some stress, e.g., going to the doctor, going to bed, toilet training, in an app that keeps it fun. Nice exploration of emotional language in the music section, too!2.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/daniel-tigers-neighborhood/id553211336?mt=8http://www.geekswithjuniors.com/blog/2013/9/12/play-and-learn-in-daniel-tigers-neighborhood.html
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Dr. Seuss's ABC (or any Oceanhouse Media Dr. Seuss book)Great Interactivity - click each word to hear, or use autoplay. Supports sight reading. Can now record own voice!3.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr-seusss-abc/id354855128?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr-seusss-abc-lite/id409976618?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2012/10/apps-autism-presuming-expressing_11.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4MAVWGxAp8updated 10/11/12
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The Monster at the End of This BookLovable, Furry old Grover! Animation/interactivity, dynamic word highlighting4.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-monster-at-end-this-book/id409467802?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipads-slps-perspective-including-more.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/19372983
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Tacky the PenguinA penguin who doesn't fit in earns the affections of his group. Different modes support pre-readers & early readers.3.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tacky-the-penguin/id407708819?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/05/day-leos-been-waiting-for-mr-brown-can.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/226560645/3/2011
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The Three Little PigsLushly illustrated & animated, fully interactive version of the classic story4.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-three-little-pigs-nosy/id418543664?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/05/oodles-and-oodles-of-apps-leo-likes.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/227214165/7/2011
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Trains by Byron BartonTrains! Need we write any more? Simple, appealing illustrations. Boats & Planes also available.1.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trains-byron-barton/id562376571?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/holiday-home-run-gifts-ipad-minis-apps-and-more?page=0,112/29/2012
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Communication
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Avatalker AACBuild phrases/sentences pictographically, & convert them to audible speech.189.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avatalker/id796694627?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo4%26amp%3Buo%3D8http://www.friendshipcircle.org/apps/browse/avatalker-aac/5/9/2015
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GraceAppSimple picture exchange system developed by & for non-verbal people24.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grace-picture-exchange-for/id360574688?mt=8http://thinkingautismguide.blogspot.com/2010/11/grace-needed-aac-app-so-her-mom-created.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/19548525
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iCommPicture and voice communication aid for childrenFreehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icomm/id351726761?mt=8n/ahttp://www.blogher.com/personal-stories-behind-awesome-apps-kids-special-needs
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iCommunicate for iPadAAC app: create icons with custom text, audio, and voice-over, incorporate them into storyboards49.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icommunicate-for-ipad/id364186415?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/19507864
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iPromptsAAC app; easily create & modify visual schedules, show child countdown timer with a picture to aid with transitions. In-app VideoPrompts purchases demonstrate appropriate behaviors.99.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iprompts/id313144705?mt=8http://www.iautism.info/en/2010/12/26/review-iprompts/12/3/2011
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Language Lab: Core WordsAAC app, based on Unity® language system, for early language learners as well as children with expressive language
delays who use AAC.
Freehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/language-lab-core-words/id474446989?mt=8n/ahttp://scaacn.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-free-app-language-lab-core-words.html9/10/2013
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LAMP Words for LifeAAC app; combines PRC Unity® language system & Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles & strategies.$299.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lamp-words-for-life/id551215116?mt=8http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2012/09/an-aac-app-and-autism-success-story.html9/27/2012
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My First AACGreat starter AAC app for very young kids who need less customization of buttons (e.g., sizing). Terrific for early social communication, natural expressions, requesting.$24.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-first-aac-by-injini/id462678851?mt=8http://www.therapyapp411.com/2011/11/my-first-aac.html
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ProloQuo2goFull-featured augmentative & alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking249.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go/id308368164?mt=8http://specialchildren.about.com/u/reviews/youradviceneeded/reviewanapp/Proloquo2Go.htm
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ProloQuo4TextText-to-speech AAC app with stored words/phrases, predictive typing, multiple voices and languages119.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo4text/id751646884?mt=8https://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apps-and-mobile-learning/opinion/proloquo4text-is-here/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TaUEIJgBU0&list=PLwsltfWrCHQxYg5czsas7BNy13zeajInZ&feature=share3/20/2014
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SoundingBoardUser-friendly app for creation of individualized picture communication boards (1-9 pics per page) with natural voice recording. Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundingboard/id390532167?mt=8n/ahttp://news.softpedia.com/news/SoundingBoard-Comes-to-iOS-Gives-People-with-Disabilities-a-Voice-157795.shtml
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Speak For Yourself!Icon-based AAC includes motor learning principles, word-based vocabulary199.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speak-for-yourself/id482508198?mt=8https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sfy-lite/id521884641?mt=8http://autisticapp.blogspot.com/2014/03/speak-for-yourself.html3/20/2014
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Tap Speak ButtonRecord messages, use switch-function button to play them back14.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapspeak-button/id359998293?mt=8http://autism.typepad.com/autism/2010/09/working-the-ipad-stories2learn-and-tapspeakbutton.html
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TouchChatFull-featured augmentative & alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking; in-app vocabulary purchases optional149.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-hd-aac/id398860728?mt=8n/ahttp://www.autismepicenter.com/TEST/touchchat.shtml12/3/2011
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VerballyPredictive text-to-speech AAC app with the ability to store phrases.99.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/verbally-premium/id470081134?mt=8https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/verbally/id418671377?mt=8http://www.specialeducationadvisor.com/enable-real-conversation-app-review-verbally-premium/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaNGLSvBQ9U5/9/2015
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Earliest Learning
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SoundTouchTouch cartoons of animals, vehicles, etc. to see real-life photos & sounds4.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sound-touch/id348094440?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sound-touch-lite/id363705863?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipads-slps-perspective-including-more.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/19111997
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File Sharing
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DropBoxCloud-based real-time file sharing b/t computer & iPad (for worksheets, etc.)Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2011/07/making-reusable-ipad-worksheets-leos.html 7/7/2011
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Games
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Fruit NinjaBecause our kids deserve to play! Fun, very simple swipe-based interface0.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fruit-ninja/id362949845?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.html
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Fruit MemoryConcentration, turn taking. Multi- or single player, choose number of tiles. Fun, cute!Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fruit-memory-hd/id379561503?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2010/11/leos-ipad-apps-for-kids-with-autism.html
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Lego Duplo Food
Fun! Prep & sell food stand items. Take customers orders, create and match foods.Freehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lego-duplo-food/id810933446?mt=8n/ahttp://topbestappsforkids.com/lego-duplo-food-app/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuJj0CwYThY5/10/2015
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Poke MePlay, poke, feed, & guide a cute purple monster in several environmentsFreehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/poke-me-hd/id375492868?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2011/06/poke-me-yet-another-app-leo-loves-and.html6/12/2011
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ScoopsCatch the falling ice cream scoops on your cone.Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scoops-ice-cream-fun-for-everyone/id291591378?mt=8n/ahttp://momswithapps.com/2010/08/04/characteristics-of-great-apps-for-kids-with-autism/
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Spot the DotFind a colored dot in increasingly complicated visual fields. Encourages bystander commentary.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spot-the-dot/id436198140?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/07/spot-dot-fantastic-social-joint.html7/24/2011
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Toca Tea Party (and any other Toca Boca app)Play tea party! Set up, serve, and clean up.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toca-tea-party/id424174500?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/05/oodles-and-oodles-of-apps-leo-likes.html5/29/2011
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General Development
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Injini: Childhood Development Game SuiteExpert-developed, extensive meaningful play suite for children with cognitive, language, and fine motor delays.29.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/injini-childhood-development/id452962000?mt=8http://a4cwsn.com/2011/08/injini-childhood-development-game-suite/http://vimeo.com/281799559/7/2011
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Geography
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Geography Drive USAA fun, educational trivia sprint through the 50 of the United States of America.2.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geography-drive-usa/id579100969?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/holiday-home-run-gifts-ipad-minis-apps-and-more?page=0,112/29/2012
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Stack the CountriesLearn about the countries of the world via shape-matching and a stacking game. Non-readers will need support.1.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-countries/id407838198?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-countries-lite/id407838751?mt=8http://www.smartappsforkids.com/2011/04/stack-the-countries.html9/7/2011
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Stack the StatesLearn 50 US states trivia via shape-matching and a stacking game. Non-readers will need support. Fun.1.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-states/id381342267?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-states-lite/id390058619?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2010/12/mali-likes-apps-too-heres-her-top-ten.html
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There's a Map on My Lap (Dr. Seuss)The Cat in the Hat teaches kids to read different kinds of maps.5.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/theres-map-on-my-lap!-dr./id679753618?mt=8http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/theres-a-map-on-my-lap-app-teaches-kids-how-to-read-maps_b401099/10/2013
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US Puzzle MapClick-and-drag states into place; state names said out loud for non-readers.1.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/united-states-puzzle-map/id377699597?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipads-slps-perspective-including-more.html
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History
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BrainPop Featured MovieNew animated movie about science or history, every day. With quiz afterward.Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainpop-featured-movie/id364894352?mt=8n/ahttp://www.squidalicious.com/2011/09/india-loves-apps-too-toca-boca-hair.html 9/4/2011
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Presidents vs AliensLearn U.S. Presidential History facts and faces, with alien battle interludes0.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/presidents-vs.-aliens/id427418941?mt=8 http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/09/india-loves-apps-too-toca-boca-hair.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_BgwcTBOT4&feature=related9/4/2011
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Labeling & Identifying
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All About MeStore & practice learning personal information. Useful for those challenged by giving personal information verbally.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/all-about-me-by-i-get-it-llc/id426201106?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/05/oodles-and-oodles-of-apps-leo-likes.html5/28/2011
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Word SLaPpsCreate & identify 1 to 6 audio-labeled photo icons (instantly, with an iPad2+). 4.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-slapps/id413888079?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/05/oodles-and-oodles-of-apps-leo-likes.htmlhttp://vimeo.com/192807015/28/2011
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Language
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Conversation BuilderPragmatics: Discriminate between subtle differences which can negatively or positively impact a conversation. 19.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/conversationbuilder/id413939366?mt=8http://a4cwsn.com/2011/04/conversation-builder/http://vimeo.com/221934885/30/2011
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Milo: Interactive StorybookBuild language skills by listening to Milo's story, or recording your own version.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-milo-interactive-storybook/id447014224?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/07/developing-apps-that-avoid-special.html7/25/2011
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Puppet Pals PocketCreate your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals/id395844666?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2012/02/malis-ipad-app-reviews-puppet-pals.htmlhttp://youtu.be/Hfjw16HCkrE2/12/2012
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Question BuilderLearn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. For readers.5.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/question-builder/id360577727?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/personal-stories-behind-awesome-apps-kids-special-needs
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Sentence BuilderLearn how to build grammatically correct sentences. For readers.5.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sentence-builder/id344378741?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/personal-stories-behind-awesome-apps-kids-special-needshttp://vimeo.com/18803477
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Speech With Milo: PrepositionsLearn prepositions through animated examples and text reinforcement2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-milo-prepositions/id417190136?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/02/rainy-day-apps-leo-loves-and-one-mali.html
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Speech with Milo: SequencingAnimated 3-scene sequences; kids can put pictures in correct order and then watch a short video of the scene created.2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-with-milo-sequencing/id431803095?mt=8http://www.iautism.info/en/2011/05/15/review-speech-with-milo-sequencing/12/3/2011
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Speech With Milo: VerbsLearn verbs through animated examples and text reinforcement2.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-with-milo-verbs/id405441288?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipads-slps-perspective-including-more.htmlhttp://a4cwsn.com/?p=1740
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Story Builder1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. For readers.7.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-builder/id377631532?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/personal-stories-behind-awesome-apps-kids-special-needshttp://vimeo.com/18730387
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Story Grammar MarkerFor kids working on narrative language development (oral or written) using the Story Grammar Marker strategy, this accompanying app is highly recommended. Type information into the app and record/print/share the story. 14.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sgm/id673943556?mt=8http://speechroomnews.blogspot.com/2013/09/story-grammar-marker-app-review-giveaway.html
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ToontasticKids develop an understanding of narrative elements while creating their own animated cartoon story. Many applications for communication development.Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toontastic/id404693282?mt=8http://peachyspeech.com/2011/04/15/toontastic-the-initial-impression/12/3/2011
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Math and Pre-Math
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ArthmarooCounting: associating numbers with amounts0.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arithmaroo-1-a-counting-math/id353711794?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/01/ipads-slps-perspective-including-more.html
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Drive AboutA collection of fun & varied learning games to build early math skills.2.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drive-about-number-neighborhood/id864136403?mt=8https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/drive-about-number-neighborhoodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_P5-2h-RN45/10/2015
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MyScript CalculatorVisual calculator converts & calculates handwritten inputFreehttps://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/myscript-calculator/id578979413?mt=8http://www.appsafari.com/utilities/20433/myscript-calculator/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLw22sKgrdM2/7/2013
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Operation MathComplete spy missions by solving equations! Addition, Simple subtraction, multiplication, & division.2.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-math/id487387270?mt=8http://teacherswithapps.com/operation-math/9/10/2013
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Panther Math PaperBeginning through advanced math. Do math independently, without a pencil.14.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/panther-math-paper/id547090551?mt=8http://www.daysixtyseven.blogspot.com/2014/11/mamas-view-of-7th-grade.htmlhttp://www.daysixtyseven.blogspot.com/2014/11/mamas-view-of-7th-grade.html5/9/2015
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Splish Splash InnCounting in English, Spanish, & French0.99http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splish-splash-inn/id391514246?mt=8http://www.blogher.com/10-fantastic-ipad-apps-kids-autism
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TallyTotsCounting 1 - 20 through various activities. Motivating, well-designed, easy to use. Also available in Spanish.1.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tallytots/id424070269?mt=8http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/03/apps-leo-loves-tallytots-and-little.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9rIUyVvpCM
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TeachMe Apps (toddler to 3rd grade)Age-appropriate reading, spelling, & math. Trackable, also reward system.99 - 1.99https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/24x7digital-llc/id300166374?ign-mpt=uo%3D4http://www.commonsensemedia.org/mobile-app-reviews/teach-me-kindergarten9/10/2013
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Todo K-2 Math PracticeCommon Core State Standards (CCSS) math practice & learning. Game format with adjustable quiz timing. Fun!Freehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id666465255?mt=8n/ahttp://www.funeducationalapps.com/2013/09/todo-k-2-math-practice-top-math-for-daily-practice-for-kids-5-to-8.htmlhttp://youtu.be/OSkouWkM9BY9/10/2013
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