I am not sure if this is something new or old, but I just noticed that there is a section on the Autism Speak's website dedicated to apps. I just wanted to share some apps that I thought our kids may enjoy of benefit from using. If you want to see the entire list (or submit a suggestion for an app not listed), visit www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/autism-apps.
All About Me
All About Me is an application offering picture and text support to individuals learning their personal information. Twelve icons representing the child's name, address, birthday, home address, telephone number, family members names, pets, school, friends, favorite items, things I like, places I go and computer favorites are all included. These icons can be individualized with written text, audio and personal photos for added visual support.
Behavior Boost is an app designed to decrease a variety of behaviors for individuals on the autism spectrum. Created by a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to manage challenging behaviors while using proven reinforcement procedures. With this app you will be able to program your own behavior that you would like to decrease, you will also be able to choose the "better" behavior to increase, choose the best reinforcement system, choose the most effective reinforcer, and choose the amount of time the program will run for. The built in timer allows for the individual to see when reinforcement can be achieved!
The Choiceworks app is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, & night), understand & control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting). Based on the multi-award winning Choiceworks Visual Support System, this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child's independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at home and in the community.
Communicating Basic Needs App
Special Learning, Inc.'s Communicating Basic Needs App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is a clever tool which makes it easy for non-verbal children to let parents, teachers and caregivers what they want quickly and easily. At the same time it helps the child learn what words mean and what they sound like in an entertaining way, holding the child's interest and keeping him or her busy for long periods of time. Communicating Basic Needs App makes use of colorful and attractive real images and customizable real voices for easy application to everyday life settings.
Dance Party Zoo by FizzBrain
Many children need practice is balance, coordination and rhythm. Dance Party Zoo is a fun way to do it! This fun dancing game helps children practice basic motor and balance skills.
Learning Heroes Animal Sounds
LH Animal Sounds available on iPad and iPhone is a charming and kid-friendly app that introduces to the world of animals. Easy-to-use spinning menu allows to choose one of 44 characters in order to see huge picture of the animal and hear the name and the sound of it narrated with clear and distinct human voice. Developing speaking, hearing and reading abilities children can experience their first amazing journey through the world of animals.
Learn to Talk
Learn to Talk is an innovative flash card application for toddlers on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It uses both sight and sound to teach your toddler basic vocabulary words and boost their language skills. Highly interactive, colorful flash cards engage and motivate children to learn by themselves.
Multiple Meanings Library
The Multiple Meanings Library was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages 5-15 who struggle with oral and written comprehension of words with multiple meanings. This app allows students to practice multiple meanings in the following five different types of activities: auditory bombardment, definitions, picture identification, fill-in, make up sentences (with audio recording feature), and more!
SillySongs is an app designed to target three of the sounds which children have the most difficulty pronouncing. Music allows for patterning of more than one word at a time and is predictable. This predictability allows children with compromised language to produce more than one word at a time. The familiar melodies also facilitate greater success in generating intonation patterns in connected utterances.