Apps For Special Education

Compiled by School District 8 and School District 20 Student Services Staff, and POPARD Consultant. December 2011.

Communication Apps

DAF Assistant

Domain: Fluency | Target Ages: All - SLP | Rating: 3.5

Delayed Aud Feedback thru iPod and iPad.  Req Apple earphones with remote headset.  Cheaper than DAF purchase. For SLP use



Model Me Going Places

Domain: Video Modeling | Target Ages: Elem-Sec | Rating: 3.5

6 video models around activities ie hair dresser, going out, restaurant etc.  voice over the story.  Real life pictures.



Tap Speak Button

Domain: AAC | Target Ages: Severe | Rating: 3.5

Teach cause and effect relationships for AAC.  Switch type comm programmed with real voice.



Wh Questions

Domain: Communication | Target Ages: Elem SLP | Rating: 2.5

Therapy helps.  400 questions presented in diff ways



Organization Apps

Behaviour Tracker Pro

Domain: Behaviour Data | Target Ages: All | Rating: 4

Behavior Tracker Pro for Autism is an iPhone, iTouch and iPad application that allows BCBAs, behavioral therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and automatically graph them. Dramatically improves the process of teaching and treating children with Autism! Optionally record video of behaviors or interventions to later review with parents, teachers or therapists. A.B.C. data, Frequency and Duration, High Frequency and Interval data collection are all supported. Graph by Frequency, Duration or Rate.
Functional Behavioral Assessments or FBA's are an ideal application for BTP.




Domain: Flashcards | Target Ages: All | Rating: 4

FlashCards is designed to make it easy for you to create your own flashcards 




Domain: Creating Notes | Target Ages: All | Rating: 4

Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.




Domain: Word Meanings | Target Ages: All | Rating: 5

The free app delivers trusted reference content from and NO INTERNET CONNECTION IS NEEDED TO SEARCH WORDS. The app includes nearly 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search.




Domain: Behaviour | Target Ages: Younger | Rating: 4+

iReward is a motivational tool for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. You can create a star chart or token board to help reinforce positive behaviors using visual rewards. Use of motivational charts is not limited to any one group. Updated the app to support multiple users and added more customizable options.  

-Organize by name for families, classrooms, or patients
-Custom color backgrounds and tokens(gold and red stars, smileys, check boxes, and gold coins)
-Use camera, pictures loaded on device, or image search to add pictures
-Use two pictures to reinforce a first-then reward
-Record custom audio and/or play keyboard cat video when reward completed



Reading Apps

ABC Pocket Phonics

Domain: Reading | Target Ages: 4+ | Rating: 4

Letter sounds. Handwriting. First words.

Lite version is free



The Emperor's New Clothes

Domain: Reading | Target Ages: 4+ | Rating: 3

Self narrating, South Park-like illustrations



iMother Goose Talking Bugs

Domain: Reading | Target Ages: 2+ | Rating: 3.5

Touch each colourful picture and it will say the words (e.g, butterfly, spider), more vocabulary building than reading



My Friend Isabelle

Domain: Reading | Target Ages: 2-8 | Rating: 3

A book about two friends; one has Down Syndrome, story is narrated and has interactive text



Story Kit

Domain: Reading, Story Building | Target Ages: 5+ | Rating: 4

For iPhone, you have a choice of 5 stories or you can create your own, doesn’t have a narrator but has an option to record your own voice/sound effects, can take photos, paint, and add/delete  text.



Reading Apps

Animal Match

Domain: Matching Game | Target Ages: Preschool/Primary | Rating: 4

Animal faces in a traditional memory game format.  Cute, ok for memory skills, animal vocab, and as reinforcement.



Preschool Adventure

Domain: Game | Target Ages: Preschool | Rating: 4

18 preschool games, most are music/math/creative.



Drum Kit

Domain: Music | Target Ages: Any | Rating: 3

Play basic drum beats



Groovemaker Free

Domain: Music | Target Ages: Any | Rating: 3

Creating music with a dj type board.  Comes with some music, you can buy stuff.




Domain: Music | Target Ages: Any | Rating: 3

Make songs with turning dots on and off.  Quite nice, unobtrusive.  Fine motor applications?  Can save music.