Now that you’ve made your purchase, your next step is to search for fun and educational apps! This may seem like an overwhelming task, as there are 600,000+ apps available. I do have a few suggestions that might assist you.
- Select a touch screen device that meets the needs of your child
- Discuss appropriate apps with professionals, such as the child’s therapist or teacher
- Search for apps that meet your child’s specific needs
- Read reviews before you purchase. Reading reviews will give you a true feeling of what it is, what it does, and the pros and cons of the app from users
- Download fun and educational apps!
What is wonderful about the apps is many of them are free! You can try it out with your child, and if it does not meet the needs, you can simply delete it and all of its data off of the device. You will find though, that you can adapt a lot of the apps to meet your child’s needs.
Many of the apps are available for purchase – some are inexpensive, but many are pricey. I highly recommend thoroughly studying the app before purchasing.
If you are looking at apps to develop or improve communication skills, it is very important to discuss this with your child’s therapists. We’ve found that consistency between home and school leads to the most progress for every child. Also, there are also excellent handwriting programs available and your child’s therapist will be able to lead you in the right direction.
Some of the apps we have found to be successful with our students include:
- abc PocketPhonics: teaches letter sounds and practices letter writing
- Autism Apps: list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism
- iTouchiLearn: stimulates language development
- Touch & Say: activities to promote social skills in children
- Pocket Pond: cause and effect activities
- Tap To Talk: alternative communication program
- Touch Trainer: cause and effect drills