Here’s the next section that’s finished in my new list of apps for SLPs list by goal areas. Like all of my app lists… this is a curated list of apps that I have personally used. I’m going ahead and sharing it now since 2020 has been especially uncertain and stressful.
– These apps are intended to be used as tools alongside other off-device strategies. Feel free to look through the archives here on my blog and the albums on my OMazing Kids Facebook page. I have shared lots of ideas over the years 😊.
– It is important to be mindful of individual needs, sensory issues and history of previous trauma when choosing any tool and to collaborate with other professionals on that child’s team.
– Availability and links were all checked at the time this post was written (6:45pm CST, 8/28/20).
– Availability may vary outside of the USA. You can check iOS requirements for each app in the descriptions in the App Store. Some older apps may not work on newer devices and newer apps may not work on older devices.
– This post includes a mix of free & paid apps.
– I worked with kids, teens and young adults ages birth to 21 years so I have a wide range of apps on this list. Please choose apps that will fit the age and needs of the patients / students you serve.
– If you have an Android device, the easiest way to see if one of these is available on that platform is to copy the name from this list and do a search on the Google Play app store.
Calming / Mindfulness / Self Regulation:
- 1-Min Calm by For Jack and Jill, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/1-min-calm/id997960262
- AEON Mindfulness App by Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica – Universita’ degli Studi di Udine
- AirMood: Guided Deep Breathing by CreativeFactory, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/airmood-guided-deep-breathing/id1003803408
- Antistress – Relaxing games by Moreno Maio, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/antistress-relaxing-games/id1207565651
- Autism 5-Point Scale EP by Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/autism-5-point-scale-ep/id467303313
- Awesome Breathing: Pacer Timer by Awesome Labs LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/awesome-breathing-pacer-timer/id1453087953
- Baby Dreams PRO – Calm lullaby by WonderApps AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/baby-dreams-pro-calm-lullaby/id524923389
- beasts of burden by Toke Barter, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/beasts-of-burden/id1406761732 (more info: https://beastsofburden.co)
- Bloom by Megalearn by Megalearn AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bloom-by-megalearn/id1136202811
- Bowls HD Tibetan Singing Bowls by Oceanhouse Media, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bowls-hd-tibetan-singing-bowls/id364374127
- Breathe Pro by Kenkou GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-pro/id1105390591
- Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597
- Breathe2Relax by National Center for Telehealth & Technology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe2relax/id425720246
- Breathing Zone by Breathing Zone, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathing-zone/id369838631 (my favorite guided breathing app – like a virtual Hoberman Sphere)
- Breeze: Realistic Wind Chimes by clinton downs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breeze-realistic-wind-chimes/id427567418
- Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool by Touch Autism, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calm-counter-social-story-anger-management-tool/id470369893
- Calm Kingdom by CLENET Verdi Rose, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calm-kingdom/id1383607910
- Calming Bottle by eSolution, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calming-bottle/id1029767551
- CampNight – Sleep Sounds by SaltyCrackers Co., Ltd.
- Chill Outz® by Mind-Out LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chill-outz/id917373588
- Dandelion Breeze by Lazy Gardener, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dandelion-breeze/id978233430
- Daniel Tiger for Parents by PBS KIDS, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daniel-tiger-for-parents/id1185651115
- Duckie Deck Huff n’ Puff by Duckie Deck Development, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/duckie-deck-huff-n-puff/id821551481
- EmoPaint Paint your emotions by Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica – Universita’ degli Studi di Udine
- Exploring Emotions by Selosoft, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/exploring-emotions/id1033751819 (Zones of Regulation)
- Feelu –Mindful, Relax For Kids by Black Whale Technology Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/feelu-mindful-relax-for-kids/id1462795455
- Flowing ~ Meditation in Nature by Franz Bruckhoff, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flowing-meditation-in-nature/id1132992868
- Fluid 2 by Fabien Sanglard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fluid-2/id317959717
- fluidity HD by nebulus design, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fluidity-hd/id399403909
- Focus 1-2-3 by Oranda, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/focus-1-2-3/id954506517
- Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/healing-buddies-comfort-kit/id605421955
- iReact – Emotional Regulation – Anxiety, Autism by madebyeducators, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ireact-emotional-regulation-anxiety-autism/id842162674
- I Was So Mad – Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/i-was-so-mad-little-critter/id418193314
- Jelly Dream by bitbros Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jelly-dream/id1111080766
- Jellyfish Heaven HD by Daichi Sasaki, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jellyfish-heaven-hd/id561035653
- Just Rain by ROBYSOFT, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/just-rain/id669287925
- Meditations for Kids by Highly Meditated, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/meditations-for-kids/id1044865974
- Mindful Minutes – Relaxing Meditations for Kids by Oops Yay, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindful-minutes-relaxing-meditations-for-kids/id1116489051
- Mindful Powers™ edu by Smashing Ideas LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindful-powers-edu/id1321999983
- MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada by Anxiety Canada Association, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindshift-cbt-anxiety-canada/id634684825
- Mood Monster’s Yoga Workshop by Karrin Burns, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mood-monsters-yoga-workshop/id1336734905
- Moving Meditations by Bodymind Science LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moving-meditations/id1437524032
- Positive Penguins by HR INSIDE PTY LTD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/positive-penguins/id570371342
- Power Packs™ Pre-K Self-Regulation Edition by Nikita Eelen, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/power-packs-pre-k-self-regulation-edition/id1083549378
- Psalm 121 by fishdog.net, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/psalm-121/id1504311026
- Q Wunder by EQtainment, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/q-wunder/id1147936476
- Relaxia ~ Sleep aid, Relaxation & Yoga Meditation with Ambient Sound-scapes inspired by Nature by App Holdings, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/relaxia-sleep-aid-relaxation-yoga-meditation-ambient/id725224246
- Sanford Harmony Game Room by National University, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sanford-harmony-game-room/id1508584831
- Sequin by Situated LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sequin/id1493429236
- Sleep Show (Piano Lullabies) by Justin Cohen, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sleep-show-piano-lullabies/id1046396598
- Sleep Sounds and White Noise by The Salty Pistachio, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sleep-sounds-and-white-noise/id1507018513
- Smiling Mind by Smiling Mind, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smiling-mind/id560442518
- Starry Night Interactive Animation by artof01, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/starry-night-interactive-animation/id511943282
- Stop, Breathe & Think Kids by Stop, Breathe & Think, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stop-breathe-think-kids/id1215758068
- Stress Compass by Kenkou GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stress-compass/id1119199062
- Super Stretch Yoga HD by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-stretch-yoga-hd/id456108738
- Tame Your Thought Monster by McClain Consulting Services, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tame-your-thought-monster/id1006287580
- Tappy – Taptic Fidgeter by Cameron Nazemi, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tappy-taptic-fidgeter/id1492017640
- The Breathing Butterfly by Elfenworks Productions LLC
- The Zones of Regulation by Selosoft, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-zones-of-regulation/id610272864
- Time In Kid by Moving Graphics, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/time-in-kid/id1283205523
- Toonia Jelly – Learn about Colors, Shapes and Emotions with Virtual Pet Monster – Fun Educational Toy for Kids and Toddlers by 3fs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toonia-jelly-learn-about-colors-shapes-emotions-virtual/id777604525
- Trigger Stop by Julie Kurtz, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/trigger-stop/id1471734140
- Virtual Hope Box by National Center for Telehealth & Technology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/virtual-hope-box/id825099621
- Wa Kingyo – Goldfish Pond by Masataka Hakozaki, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wa-kingyo-goldfish-pond/id328011357
- Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids by Kuato Games, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/well-beings-wellness-for-kids/id1508510135
- Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids by Wellbeyond Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wellbeyond-meditation-for-kids/id1082891966. Very nicely done! Great hand painted illustrations, short guided relaxations with pleasant voiceovers & gentle music. It is worth its weight in gold! I used it with several patients who had limited means of self regulating and they immediately calmed down and stopped self-injurious behaviors.
- Wildfulness: Meditate & Relax by Wild Ventures, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wildfulness-meditate-relax/id1082150954
- Zen Studio meditation for kids by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zen-studio-meditation-for-kids/id1051358262
There will be a separate section on the big blog post for Social Skills & Emotions.
Want to suggest an iOS app to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.
If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a paid app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.
Please do not copy/paste this list onto other blogs or documents. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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