iPad and iPhone Apps For Autism

What a difference one year makes in the world of technology!!.

Recently, everywhere you look, people are on their iPads, iPhones, iPods. Imagine if there was a way to help your child improve his/her social skills by using these technological advancements… well NOW THERE IS!  iPad and iPhone application developers have tons of applications to help children of all developmental levels. These applications offer a new method of teaching social and communication skills. Below are a few of my favorite applications that I use almost daily with clients here at North Shore Pediatric Therapy!

Application Name

Description of Application

Benefits

KINDERGARTEN.COM

Here you will find flashcards that help with language building. Most of (if not all) of the images are realistic images.* Actions   * Vehicles  * Rhyming Words  *Feature  * Healthy Habits * Functions  * Foods* Emotions  *Science  * Shapes  * Clothing * the Alphabet * Pretend Play *Zoo Animals  * Sports  *Instruments  * Places * Problem Solving* Receptive Identification. What I like most about these apps are how easy and beneficial they are. Many of the “receptive identification are Feature/Function/Class combined and it is from a field of three.

iTouchiLearn

Puzzles, matching games and various word games. This application really helps with morning routines by using an interactive approach with cartoon characters.

Reward Charts

Here you can add multiple charts, configure chart numbers, add behaviors/activities. This is especially good for families with multiple children and also can be very useful in our social groups.

TapToTalk

This is a starter album to help increase communication Parents can also download their own pictures and sounds. It is very similar to a communication device/pecs

Who Am I?

This provides the learner with 4/5 clues and the learner has to guess which animal you are describing This is great to help promote social conversation while also helping the child with clues about topics.

Animal Fun

This app says the name, the sound the animal makes, and how to spell the name It is great to help prompt social conversation while learning about animals.

iTakeTurns

A tool to help children learn the concept of taking turns Helps children cope with taking turns while practicing this skill

123 dominoes

 

This is a great way to teach colors, color matching, shapes and shape matching. It also has fun music to go along with it.

Learn to Talk

Helps teach children how to speak while using the natural progression of sounds and words. This application really helps with the natural progression of acquiring sounds and words.It begins with high impact words, then expanding meaning by changing intonation of speech, adding vocabulary (nouns and verbs) the developing early syntax and simple word combinations

TimeTimer

Visual Timer This is a great tool to help children with transitions to and from any activity

Conversation Builder    

Allows your child to chose which response they feel would be the correct response and then they get to record their own voice Discriminate between subtle differences which can negatively or positively impact a conversation.
First Then Visual Schedule    Create digital visual schedules with several format options

Avakid: See Me Go Potty

This unique potty training app provides a simple cartoon avatar that resembles your child/children, and then reinforces your child to repeatedly use the potty It teaches your child to go potty . and also has “Go Potty”  narrative showing him/herself successfully complete the whole process of using the potty step by step instructions. There is also an accident scene.

 

 

All of these apps are available to download in the iTunes store. Prices are subject to change. All apps are regularly updated so be sure to check for updates!! If you find an app that you absolutely love, check out the section “Customers Also Bought” and “More iPad Apps from…”  Have fun with these!

If you know of a great app that other parents would benefit from. please leave a comment here with the details!

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Brooke Einhorn

Brooke Einhorn, M.S.Ed is a behavior analyst and education specialist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Behavior Analysis and Child Development. She then continued on to complete a masters degree in special education from Loyola University of Chicago. Brooke has experience working in various settings including therapeutic day schools, a children’s psychiatric facility, personal homes, private pediatric clinics, as well as being a lead teacher in a school for special needs children. For over nine years, Brooke has worked with children, teenagers, and adults with developmental disabilities, emotional disorders and behavior disorders. In addition, Brooke has helped create modifications and accommodations for children who are having educational difficulties. Brooke’s passion is to help children learn and behave at their maximum potential by using techniques from the science of behavior analysis.

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