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{The iPad & the SLP in 2017} App List for SLPs ~ sorted by goal area

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{The iPad & the SLP in 2017} App List for SLPs ~ sorted by goal area

My iPads are by far the best tools in my SLP toolbox. Best purchases ever! But an iPad is only as good as the apps that you load on it. Think of the iPad as being the toolbox & the apps within it as tools (see this post with tips & general info: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/09/the-ipad-the-slp-toolbox/)

Not sure how to find high quality apps? I invite you to join me over on my OMazing Kids Facebook page and in my AppPeeps Facebook group where I post frequently about apps.

I post on my OMazing Kids page every day about good apps that are either free or a great deal that day. I’ve also done several in-depth app reviews on my blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/category/app/. I only post about apps that I have actually downloaded and tried and only post about those that I see as being either helpful in therapy, classroom or to parents of kids with special needs. There are thousands of apps in the App Store so it can be difficult to find ones to best meet our needs as SLPs.

I am in several SLP Facebook groups and see numerous posts each week asking “What are the best apps?”. So I decided to spend some time compiling a list for this blog post. The list is not all inclusive and is subject to change as apps are updated, new ones are released & others unfortunately disappear (a sad but true reality in the world of apps).

A few general words about apps:

* When folks ask for app recommendations, I suggest apps based on what skills you are wanting to teach (no different than when someone asks for recommendations for more traditional therapy materials). What tool do you need for the job? Even within a particular category, I don’t just have one favorite app. I have several faves depending what the specific needs are. And I often combine apps with toys and other traditional therapy materials.

* I usually avoid apps that have ads and in-app purchases since they are distracting to patients. Be sure to know how to adjust the settings on your iPad to prevent kids from making purchases & how to use it in “airplane mode” to block most ads. I also avoid apps that involve subscriptions.

* Guided Access: If you will be using the iPad with kids, then Guided Access is your new BFE (Best. Feature. Ever!). It can be used to disable the home button and lock the child into an app. Especially critical if you will be using the iPad as an AAC device or using it in therapy with kids with poor impulse control. Here is the PDF guide that I share with families. It shows how to set it up step by step: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/30/how-to-use-guided-access-to-prevent-exiting-an-app-best-feature-ever/

* This list is based on apps available in the USA App Store at the time of this post. I may periodically add to this list as I get new apps but don’t have plans to constantly update it…. I’ve already spent countless hours compiling this original post.

* As I was creating the post I discovered several great apps are no longer available for purchase and others had even disappeared from the cloud (a good reminder to always check to see if an app is still available before uninstalling it from your iPad and to back up your iPad periodically by plugging it into your computer with iTunes…. I need to do this myself).

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App list for SLPs by goal area:

AAC:
* See this post for info about good AAC apps and tips on how SLPs can get free access to trial them with patients: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/11/aac-tips-how-slps-can-get-free-access-to-aac-apps-aac-app-user-groups-funding-options-more/
* Apps to target core vocabulary: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/10/01/appy-aac-awareness-month-favorite-apps-for-teaching-aac-core-vocabulary/
* Game Apps & AAC: why these need to be on separate devices: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/07/31/game-apps-aac-why-these-need-to-be-on-separate-devices/

Adapted Writing:
* Abilipad by Cheryl Bregman, https://appsto.re/us/OwS-z.i
* Clicker Sentences by Crick Software, https://appsto.re/us/PlWtI.i
* Clicker Connect by Crick Software, https://appsto.re/us/Zgh7U.i
* Clicker Books by Crick Software, https://appsto.re/us/TrdGM.i
* SnapType Pro by SnapType, https://appsto.re/us/Ujmadb.i
* SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard by Crick Software, https://appsto.re/us/FW5Q2.i

Alphabet (I have numerous other “reading” apps… but basic alphabet apps are great for initial sounds & early vocabulary):
* Avokiddo ABC Ride by AVOKIDDO, https://appsto.re/us/STqvX.i
* BubbleABC: English for toddlers and alphabet ABC for children of any age, pop bubbles with fancy letters and funny pictures! by Ilya Nikitin, https://appsto.re/us/ngYxY.i
* Dr. Seuss’s ABC – Read & Learn – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/pjFs8.i
* Elastic Alphabets® for kids : Educator recommended learning game for preschoolers by Pratik Machchar, https://appsto.re/us/6tqp6.i
* Endless Alphabet by Originator Inc., https://appsto.re/us/mf4qJ.i
* Interactive Alphabet ABC’s by Piikea St. LLC, https://appsto.re/us/CfU4w.i
* Letter Muncher by MerryFools, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/hkVND.i
* Little Critter ABCs by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/KHQ0Z.i
* Metamorphabet: Imaginative ABC’s by Vectorpark.com, https://appsto.re/us/jidjZ.i

* My ABC Train HD by LoeschWare, https://appsto.re/us/PCzlQ.i (so cool that it can be customized with your own pics, labels & voice recordings…. will be helpful when using it for articulation & specific high interest areas of my patients with Autism)
* Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Sesame Street, https://appsto.re/us/Dsl_9.i
* Starfall ABCs by Starfall Education, https://appsto.re/us/V4lLx.i
* The Animal Alphabet Singers by Think Smart, https://appsto.re/us/biKCI.i

Articulation:
* Favorite general all purpose artic app: Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech
https://appsto.re/us/hX0uD.i
* When I need to target words by phonological processes, manner of articulation, with a certain number of syllables, or sound loaded stories, need an in app camera for visual feedback, want motivating fun themes: Articulate it! Pro by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/mDRux.i
* When I need to target vowels or suprasegmentals: Speech That Works by Sunshine Cottage School For Deaf Children
https://appsto.re/us/Y6Fu3.i
* Targeting CV’s: Word FLiPS by Super Duper Publications
https://appsto.re/us/RepOR.i
* Targeting vowels, consonants in isolation, CV’s & VC’s in earlier developing sounds (great app for tough to motivate / engage kids!) SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, https://appsto.re/us/9aM_z.i
* Targeting speech sound discrimination: Articulation with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://appsto.re/us/e3mC0.i , Learn to read with Hoppi the frog. Learning games for families and schools by Raddlist, https://appsto.re/us/rBJ95.i (bundle of 3 apps) & Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://appsto.re/us/AQKNO.i
* Initial introduction to placement for sounds & production in isolation: Speech & Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/OV2Aab.i & Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://appsto.re/us/AQKNO.i
* Minimal contrasts: PhonoPix – Full by Expressive Solutions LLC
https://appsto.re/us/doX9y.i & Minimal Pairs Academy by Smarty Ears
https://appsto.re/us/oVi1C.i
* Apraxia: Apraxia Ville by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/dpbDK.i & Apraxia RainbowBee by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/gUJUQ.i
* Multisyllabic words: Multisyllabic by Abitalk Incorporated, https://appsto.re/us/dQQH5.i & Multi-Syllabic Word Party by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://appsto.re/us/5bTy9.i

* Lisp Therapy by Abitalk Incorporated, https://appsto.re/us/l5LI6.i
* When kids are hard to motivate I’ll entice them with game themed artic apps:
– Articulation Games by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/tBACH.i
– What’s the Pic Articulation by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://appsto.re/us/iZ3Aeb.i
* Great for older kids who don’t need pics: Speech FlipBook Standard – Articulation & Apraxia by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/fExVI.i
* All of the apps by Erik Raj are great for older kids who are working on those specific sounds. Especially for those who have been in therapy a long time and may be hard to motivate. He is super goofy & engaging. Here’s the link to one: Wacky Selfie Articulation for Speech Therapy by Erik X. Raj, https://appsto.re/us/tllNfb.i
* 15 apps to encourage vocalization: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/10/05/15-apps-to-encourage-vocalization/
(see more for “Vowels” below)

Autism (of course lots of other apps are helpful…. these are just some specifically designed for kids with this diagnosis):
* Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders, https://appsto.re/us/3mtd1.i
* Skill Champ by Infiniteach Inc, https://appsto.re/us/StjS2.i
* TOBY Autism Therapy – On Screen & Real World Play Based Interactive Activites by Autism West, https://appsto.re/us/r4jVF.i

Basic Concepts:
* Ask Me Colors and Shapes Preschool and Kindergarten Core Skills Preparation by Eggroll Games LLC, https://appsto.re/us/sKLgP.i
* Basic Concepts Skills Screener by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/I1h8N.i
* Caveman Time Machine – Basic Concepts by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/x8HPN.i
* Color Zoo – Learn colors with animals by INBAL Tal, https://appsto.re/us/t3jU8.i
* Grandma’s Garden by Fairlady Media, https://appsto.re/us/SOdxD.i (several apps in this series are great for teaching early concepts)
* Kids Card Matching Educational Shapes and Color Learning Game for Toddlers by Eggroll Games LLC, https://appsto.re/us/JqXSQ.i
* Kids Learning – Photo Touch Concepts by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/Y3Joz.i
* Little Critter Colors by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/Kvfn2.i
* Music Color by SoundTouch, https://appsto.re/us/M6YNB.i
* Shape Gurus – teach shapes for my preschooler by Colto, https://appsto.re/us/atDH8.i
* Tiggly Safari: Preschool Shapes Learning Game by Tiggly, https://appsto.re/us/kE6TQ.i

Book apps with repeated predictable lines:
* Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/PON6y.i
* Go Away, Big Green Monster! for iPad by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/zCdbC.i
* Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/w-Ro3.i
* Green Eggs and Ham – Read & Learn – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/lHEs8.i

* Over in the Jungle by Dawn Publications, https://appsto.re/us/BEQtK.i
* Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Dawn Publications, https://appsto.re/us/7IYtE.i

* The Swamp Where Gator Hides by Dawn Publications, https://appsto.re/us/QA9VZ.i

Book apps with specialized support for learning vocabulary, story sequencing, recall & retelling:
* Alfred and the Dragon with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/uq1X4.i
* Chicken Little with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/hxP0Q.i (Spanish version: https://appsto.re/us/rZdJ9.i)
* Goldilocks And The 3 Bears by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/8-_VM.i (Spanish version: https://appsto.re/us/xiGpgb.i)
* Harry And Lulu by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/etKvU.i
* Little Red Hen with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/udJh4.i (Spanish version: https://appsto.re/us/bBsrbb.i)
* Little Red Riding Hood with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/nyaa5.i
* Oscar Finds A Home by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/cElaO.i
* Oscar Goes to the Zoo with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/C8SbJ.i (Spanish version: https://appsto.re/us/DuPWab.i)
* The Lion and the Mouse with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/AjnE6.i

Calming / Self Regulation:
* 12 Calming Apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/28/12-calming-apps/
* 12 Calming Apps for Teens: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/29/12-calming-apps-for-teens/

Categories:
* Categories from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/LFXEH.i
* Categories Learning Center by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/iMJMD.i
* Category Carousel by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/1aVZE.i
* Category Therapy – Speech Rehab for Categories by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/2cteI.i
* Categories With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP, https://appsto.re/us/mS_B4.i
* Factory of Categories by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/ujN50.i
* Kangaroo Island Photo Classifying by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/6ExuM.i
* Let’s Name Things Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/Y8LfB.i
* Name That Category Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/LxldB.i
* Odd One Out: categories and sorting by Therapy Box Limited, https://appsto.re/us/hrntC.i
* Sort By Nature – Sort logically related items by STEP BY STEP
https://appsto.re/us/R–Sdb.i ( all of their apps are worth getting while they are free)
* Sort This Out Pack by Therapy Box Limited, https://appsto.re/us/KKBEJ.i
* TinyHands Sorting 1 – Full Version by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS CORP., https://appsto.re/us/1n1cR.i
* TinyHands Sorting 2 – Full Version by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS CORP., https://appsto.re/us/FfnqS.i
* TinyHands Sorting 3 – Full Version by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS CORP., https://appsto.re/us/fNrqS.i
* ToonWare Categories for Speech and Language Therapy by Cenker Ozkurt, https://appsto.re/us/UE2QN.i
* What Doesn’t Belong? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/0qz4E.i

Cause & Effect (I also use several of these as adapted instruments):
* Autism Play by Joe Scrivens, https://appsto.re/us/5woQG.i
* Baby music toys : Guitar with songs for kids by Gismart, https://appsto.re/us/HBxK7.i
* Balloons for babies by Craig Janis, https://appsto.re/us/fZLP7.i
* BalloonMaker by TegTap, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/9E-lv.i
* Draw with Stars ! Play with Musical, Animated and Glowing Shooting Stars ! by L’Escapadou, https://appsto.re/us/1eW5v.i
* Duckie Deck Baby Tunes by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/D7zYT.i
* Egg Head: Baby Touch and Hear by treebetty LLC, https://appsto.re/us/TFamK.i
* Finger Paint With Sounds by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/aIS9I.i
* fluidity HD by nebulus design, https://appsto.re/us/fUMZx.i
* Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/tyQ6r.i
* Penguin Drums by taisuke fujita, https://appsto.re/us/KD7dcb.i
* Little Piano Monster by poisson florent, https://appsto.re/us/0n4vM.i
* Mebop Maestro: Music, Bubbles & Shapes for your Baby or Toddler by treebetty LLC, https://appsto.re/us/O58J2.i
* Music Sparkles – Musical instruments Full Version by Kids Games Club by TabTale, https://appsto.re/us/L18BD.i
* My Little Piano! by Yamasoto, https://appsto.re/us/OW7yY.i
* Playmatic: Simple games for babies! by Craig Janis, https://appsto.re/us/2hwrA.i (bubbles, musical sparkles, hot air balloons)
* Pyrotexni Fireworks by Doko Software, https://appsto.re/us/iQKpt.i
* Sago Mini Music Box by Sago Sago, https://appsto.re/us/sKWXR.i
* Sago Mini Sound Box by Sago Sago, https://appsto.re/us/oghmM.i
* Touch Switch by Goatella, https://appsto.re/us/8Ib5B.i (like a Big Mack but plays a song from your iTunes library + colorful video visualization while the music plays)
* Wa Kingyo – Goldfish Pond by Masataka Hakozaki, https://appsto.re/us/D5qJt.i

Creativity (a few examples of open-ended creativity apps with lots of opportunities for language when an adult plays with the child using the app):
* Bubl Draw – Creative drawing with music for kids by BUBL GmbH, https://appsto.re/us/5xA3Q.i
* Clay Maker: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse by Disney, https://appsto.re/us/mFNkY.i
* Cute Food – Creative Fun with Fruits and Vegetables, Healthy and Funny Meals for Kids by Software Smoothie, https://appsto.re/us/j73QM.i
* Duckie Deck Bird Houses by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/KGcH3.i
* Duckie Deck Trash Toys by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/YEsKZ.i
* Imagination Box – creative fun with play dough colors, shapes, numbers and letters by Software Smoothie, https://appsto.re/us/BXaNP.i
* Labo Car Designer(3+) by Labo Lado Inc., https://appsto.re/us/hXHc1.i
* Labo Train – A creative draw & play road construction game for kids 3-7 by Labo Lado Inc., https://appsto.re/us/hH3F2.i
* Mulle Meck’s cars — a construction set for kids by Piu-Piu, https://appsto.re/us/Va2Idb.i
* Musical Paint by Building Blocks Media, https://appsto.re/us/l-xyM.i
* Nature Workshop – Creative Crafts for Kids by Software Smoothie, https://appsto.re/us/W3S07.i
* Qixel Kids : Pixel Art Painter by Frosby Designs Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/geATT.i
* Recycling Workshop – design and create toys from recycled materials – Premium by Software Smoothie, https://appsto.re/us/xvmE0.i
* ToyBrush 3D by Croco Studio, https://appsto.re/us/-XCA4.i

Describing:
* Adjectives by Teach Speech Apps – for speech therapy by Teach Speech Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/QNS16.i
* Comparative Adjectives by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/TQcoE.i
* Compare and Contrast Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/zpxkE.i
* Describe It (SLP) by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/XMm1I.i
* Describe it to me by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/btDNN.i
* Talk About It: Objects Home HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/2xuIG.i
* TVOKids Looky Looky by TVO Apps https://appsto.re/us/LGgjJ.i
* What Does Miss Bee See? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/0WJWE.i

Dice:
* Just Dice by Code Redman Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/jmqeC.i (I use this app to replace rolling real dice in any game…. best app ever! No more chasing dice that kids have rolled off the table or thrown across the room)

Early Literacy:
* Attainment’s ELSB – Early Literacy Skills Builder by Attainment Company, https://appsto.re/us/7-X5W.i
* Attainment’s Early Reading Skills Builder by Attainment Company, https://appsto.re/us/PPU25.i

* Duck Duck Moose Reading HD by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/pdFmI.i
* I Read – Animals (Reading Comprehension for Kids) by Nerea Sanchez Dominguez, https://appsto.re/us/_yCe4.i

* Intro To Reading by Oz Phonics by DSP Learning Pty Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/KB4kH.i

* KidoPhonics US by Learning Grain Pte Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/2WCf9.i

* Learn to read with Hoppi the frog. Learning games for families and schools by Raddlist, https://appsto.re/us/rBJ95.i (bundle of 3 apps)
* Listen2Read by Ryan Heitner, https://appsto.re/us/107IN.i

* Montessori Early Reading – Phonics & Rhyme games by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://appsto.re/us/bKCK7.i
* Professor Pup´s Phoneme Farm by Matthew Talty, https://appsto.re/us/HfMSab.i

* Read4Kids – Kids learn to read in 20 easy lessons by Olivier Romanetti, https://appsto.re/us/FU6-8.i
* Reader Bee and the Story Tree by Learning Circle Kids LLC, https://appsto.re/us/XNp5Z.i
* Reader Bee’s First Story Maker by Learning Circle Kids LLC, https://appsto.re/us/ouxK2.i
* Reading Train Learn to Read Books, Songs & Games by The Learning Station, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/Lmzw5.i

* Rhyme to Read full – teach beginning reading with phonics and sight words and word families (English Version) by Rhyme to Read, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/in1CX.i

* Sight Words – An early reading & spelling adventure! by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://appsto.re/us/LrGH3.i
* Starfall Learn to Read by Starfall Education, https://appsto.re/us/Tab5G.i

* Super Reader’s Little Monster Adventures – A Dolch Sight Words Based Story Book App That Will Help Your Child Get Hooked on Reading! by Jorge Sanchez, https://appsto.re/us/3wrG2.i

* The Joy of Reading by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://appsto.re/us/iPup0.i
* The Sounding Out Machine – Assistive Reading Device by FIZZBRAIN LLC, https://appsto.re/us/zDxx_.i
* Tools for Teaching Reading and Spelling: Reading Doctor Complete Phonics Bundle by Reading Doctor Pty Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/9YVa-.i (bundle of 6 apps)
* Visual Reading by UberMagicTwo LTD, https://appsto.re/us/Ju6gN.i (symbol supported)
* Word Wizard – Kids learn to spell with talking alphabets, spelling tests & fun phonics games by L’Escapadou, https://appsto.re/us/mnxQA.i

Following Directions:
* Autism iHelp – Comprehension-SLP Edition by John Talavera, https://appsto.re/us/TI87T.i
* Billy’s Coin Visits the Zoo by Spinlight Studio, https://appsto.re/us/B6bc6.i
* Farm Academy by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/sef-H.i
* Following Directions from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/VtTdR.i
* Following Directions by Teach Speech Apps – single & multi step direction app for speech therapy by Teach Speech Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/VchN9.i
* Food Frenzy: Following Directions by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/QczC5.i
* Fun Deck® Following Directions by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/9Zk6A.i
* Fun With Directions HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/FrSxC.i
* Funny Directions by Speecharoo Apps by Syndy Margot, https://appsto.re/us/IK3T3.i
* Hearbuilder Following Directions by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/jflcQ.i
* Jack and the Land of Colors by Unit11, https://appsto.re/us/ISLQD.i
* Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/1e0zU.i
* Keyword Understanding by APTUS SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY LTD, https://appsto.re/us/VXHSW.i
* Mack the Dog Early Language Development 2 by Alana Noakes, https://appsto.re/us/Qaqm5.i
* More Fun With Directions HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/iS-kD.i
* Splingo’s Language Universe by The Speech And Language Store LLP, https://appsto.re/us/c0urB.i
* TVOKids Cake Artist by TVO Apps, https://appsto.re/us/wFwcH.i
* uKloo by Smiley Guy Studios Inc., https://appsto.re/us/_yQeO.i

Game apps (short games that I use as reinforcers at the end of a session and to teach social skills during game play):
* Air Hockey by Acceleroto, https://appsto.re/us/LrAdr.i
* City Cars Adventures by BUBL by BUBL GmbH, https://appsto.re/us/WB575.i
* Duckie Deck Card Wars by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/rBeP2.i
* Fruit Ninja Free by Halfbrick Studios, https://appsto.re/us/msMey.i (I have several other apps similar to this one…. amazing how motivated my kids are to get to play a round of the at the end of a session. Also cool to see kids with ADHD gain some impulse control to avoid slicing the bombs to avoid ending the game)
* Fun on the Farm: 5 2-player board games for kids by Kindermatica Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/cRHtab.i
* Galaxy Bowling by Jason Allen, https://appsto.re/us/FwitA.i
* Happy Geese Full by Appically, https://appsto.re/us/UWE0T.i
* Hungry Hungry Hippos by Hasbro, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/BugeH.i
* Jigsaw Wonder Puppies Puzzles for Kids by Eggroll Games LLC, https://appsto.re/us/Xk695.i (love all the apps in their jigsaw series)
* LEGO® DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/pLFYab.i
* Mole Hammers by Otto-Ville Ojala, https://appsto.re/us/5TKhO.i (another one that’s great for learning impulse control since you lose points if you whack a bunny)
* Pepi Garage by Pepi Play, https://appsto.re/us/a0Me9.i
* Pinch Peeps by Everplay, https://appsto.re/us/L8kOE.i
* Puzzlfy – Jigsaw Puzzles by Radius60 Studios
https://appsto.re/us/-UHF0.i, free app, make a puzzle out of any picture (a huge motivator for kids with high interest areas in specific characters or in doing puzzles)
* Sprinkle Junior by Mediocre AB, https://appsto.re/us/KB7sC.i
* Streetball Game by Rodrigo Schmitt de Andrade, https://appsto.re/us/Vv80bb.i
* TVOKids Frantic Find by TVO Apps, https://appsto.re/us/6VIP0.i
* We Discover Wildlife – family board games by Kindermatica Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/DeQb8.i (bundle of 2 apps)
* World Racers: Family Board Game by Tipitap Inc., https://appsto.re/us/KV4g4.i

Guess hidden picture based on asking questions:
* Bag Game by all4mychild, https://appsto.re/us/HiBYD.i
* Guess Who? – Premium by Clement Marty, https://appsto.re/us/bktNG.i
* Heads Up! Kids by Warner Bros., https://appsto.re/us/hjg63.i

Guess item based on inferencing:
* Knock Knock Guess Who is There by Irit Yablon, https://appsto.re/us/lQRNI.i
* Knock Knock with Bato by OTATAA, https://appsto.re/us/4MEC_.i
* What Can You See? Pro by ColorCards, https://appsto.re/us/J9Nr3.i
* Animal Game Show – Whose Toes are Those? – Matching Fun for Kids and Family – Ultimate Edition by Eggroll Games LLC, https://appsto.re/us/TwEpE.i

Guess where item is hidden:
* Question Sleuth by Zorten Software, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/ZHQMH.i

Guess item being described:
* Guess What? from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/XsoxI.i

High Contrast (good for kids with cortical visual impairments; most also work well as cause & effect apps)
* Baby View by Wayne Smith, https://appsto.re/us/sXN5A.i
* Big Bang Pictures by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/irX9I.i
* B&W High Contrast by Fisher-Price, https://appsto.re/us/aCmBI.i
* Bubl Tap by BUBL GmbH, https://appsto.re/us/daWaR.i
* Development with Contrast Colors for Baby by Fisher-Price, https://appsto.re/us/Suv5P.i
* First Focus: Ladybird Baby Touch by Penguin Books, https://appsto.re/us/Wf61W.i
* Hidden Grid by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/TWInD.i
* Infant Faces : High Contrast Visual Stimulation for Babies by treebetty LLC, https://appsto.re/us/QT3j0.i
* Infant Zoo: Visual Stimulation & Sounds for Babies by treebetty LLC, https://appsto.re/us/NaMuO.i
* KaleidoBalls by Croesus-Mode.com, https://appsto.re/us/UUx-w.i
* Sound Shake: The Soothing Musical Rattle for Babies And Toddlers (Full Version) by treebetty LLC, https://appsto.re/us/fnzw5.i
* Tap-n-See Now by Little Bear Sees, https://appsto.re/us/nF9rD.i

Idioms:

* English Idioms Trainer by Education Terra, https://appsto.re/us/7jP_9.i
* iDIOMS in Conversation (Lite) by Marshall Cavendish Education HK, https://appsto.re/us/ncFVN.i
* Super Duper Idioms Pro by Super Duper Publications
https://appsto.re/us/mi2lN.i

Inferences:
* How Do You Know? by Lynn Epstein, https://appsto.re/us/1X990.i
* How Would You Feel If … Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/jk0zB.i
* InferQuest Pro: Fun Adventures with Inferences and Reasoning Questions by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/65hDZ.i
* Understanding Inferences Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/k7GHA.i
* What Are They Asking? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/JyAcE.i

Language:
* Advanced Naming Therapy – Aphasia & Cognition by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/Wrmtab.i
* Conversation Therapy – Questions for Expressive Language, Pragmatics, & Cognition by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/mI2-K.i
* Fun & Functional by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/rskUD.i
* Go-Togethers by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/FfRGE.i
* Language Adventures Pro by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/nCOCE.i
* Language Trainer by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/VOsUR.i
* Language Therapy – 4-in-1 Toolkit for Aphasia Speech Therapy by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/M5XtF.i (includes 4 apps, Tactus apps are fabulous. Although they were designed for adults, they are great to use with older kids & teens too.)
* Smashing Grammar by Fairlady Media, https://appsto.re/us/spo07.i

Life Skills:
* Attainment’s Community Success by Attainment Company, https://appsto.re/us/VmrrL.i
* Attainment’s Dollars & Cents by Attainment Company, https://appsto.re/us/0IrAH.i
* The Candy and the Coinbot by Applause Learning, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/VmCh_.i
* Coins In A Flash (US) by Clinton White, https://appsto.re/us/tNNgJ.i
* Coin Quiz by Clinton White, https://appsto.re/us/Xcs9I.i
* Counting Money and Coins – Games for Kids by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://appsto.re/us/jSXvbb.i
* Danger Rangers Fire Safety App: Videos, Games, Photos, Books & Interactive Play & Learn Activities for Kids featuring Sully & Kitty by Playrific, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/Ou22Q.i
* Digital Compass by Common Sense by Common Sense Media, https://appsto.re/us/X5yv6.i
* Digital Passport for Kids by Common Sense Media, https://appsto.re/us/jCvqN.i
* Do Your Part, Be Fire Smart by Positive Promotions, https://appsto.re/us/GQIKdb.i
* Envelope+ Kid by Robert E Carr Jr, https://appsto.re/us/P0GM4.i
* Flashcards – Professions by Klap Edutainment, https://appsto.re/us/BmdLU.i
* Goodyear Crossroad Safety – get safely through urban jungle and learn traffic rules by GetWorksMedia, https://appsto.re/us/Z5gg-.i
* Goodyear Kids Safety by GetWorksMedia, https://appsto.re/us/Y8O_1.i
* Help Mikey Out by Fredrick Armstrong, https://appsto.re/us/bSNl0.i
* iDo Chores – Daily activities and routine tasks for kids with special needs (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/kn5I3.i
* iDo Community – kids with special needs learn to act independently in the community by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/BE4I3.i
* iDo Food – Kids with special needs learn dining skills (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/pQ4I3.i
* iDo Getting Dressed – Learn the Routine of wearing clothes, for individuals with special needs. (Full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/UQpt7.i
* iDo Hygiene –Daily life skills activities, for individuals with special needs (full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/5Apt7.i

* KLANG: The Road Home by The Scottish Government, https://appsto.re/us/wTak5.i
* Little Shopping – Supermarket Fun! by TENKAI PL S C, https://appsto.re/us/bB7H9.i
* Little Zebra Shopper by Hans-Peter, https://appsto.re/us/4cVjJ.i (free printables: http://littlezebrashopper.com)
* Match and Learn The Professions by Petita Demas, https://appsto.re/us/aUy17.i
* Mind Your Own Budget by K20 Center – University of Oklahoma, https://appsto.re/us/k5vbR.i
* Money Mammals Needs vs Wants by John Lanza, https://appsto.re/us/Hags2.i
* Money Mammals Save for a Goal by John Lanza, https://appsto.re/us/KM6pdb.i
* Money Trainer for Kids and Adults with Autism by Excel Heritage Group, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/OQy8_.i
* Money Up! – Learn to use the Next Dollar Up method by pkclSoft, https://appsto.re/us/pjR_Q.i
* Operation Edith by Horizon Productions, https://appsto.re/us/5M1Ldb.i (fire safety)
* PiggyBot by Kasasa LTD., https://appsto.re/us/mXluY.i
* Pop-It-Up-Shop by Hans-Peter, https://appsto.re/us/yufx-.i
* Professions for toddlers by Creative Connections s.r.o., https://appsto.re/us/FZRv-.i
* PUZZINGO Professions Puzzles Game for Toddlers & Kids by 77Sparx Studio, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/szr-T.i
* RED CROSS – Accident prevention and first aid for children by DADA Company, https://appsto.re/us/7zsJ9.i
* SafetyClub by Chandana Pennamacha, https://appsto.re/us/FJLgdb.i

* Sign Bingo by Timothy McLenegan, https://appsto.re/us/6GmkN.i
* Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms by NFPA, https://appsto.re/us/UGz0Z.i
* Sparky’s Birthday Surprise by NFPA, https://appsto.re/us/8rqcP.i (fire safety)
* Sparky’s Firehouse by NFPA, https://appsto.re/us/stw0eb.i
* Storest – Kids Love Playing Store… Paper store! by Pixle, https://appsto.re/us/9hZm3.i (free printables in the app)
* Swapsies Jobs by Spinlight Studio, https://appsto.re/us/ZEh1y.i
* Teaching Money by Aleesha Kondys, https://appsto.re/us/mqRlN.i

* Tic Toc Time: Break down the day to learn how to tell time by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://appsto.re/us/opgNM.i
* Toca Store by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/FDYyA.i
* Traffic Signs Info+ by Mary Stone, https://appsto.re/us/zHRB9.i
* Traffic Signs Test by Education Terra, https://appsto.re/us/HIbD0.i
* Want To Be by Ana Villegas Gonzalez, https://appsto.re/us/PETsQ.i
* What is my job for iPad by PAKA, https://appsto.re/us/RFKbz.i
* What’s Next? Getting a Job by Sacramento County Office of Education, https://appsto.re/us/NFfoab.i
* What’s Next? Success in School by Sacramento County Office of Education, https://appsto.re/us/dIaoab.i
* Words4U by Sacramento County Office of Education, https://appsto.re/us/4KdgI.i

Listening:
* Auditory Figure Ground AFG by Foundations Developmental House, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/pr9CD.i
* Auditory Memory Club by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/P1IF6.i
* Auditory Memory For Quick Stories by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/QSMN5.i
* Bud’s Rhyming Words – Kids learn word families, CVC, short & long vowel words by Nimble Minds LLC, https://appsto.re/us/9JnRZ.i
* Ear Pairs by Marc Sockel, https://appsto.re/us/MIKS1.i
* eduSounds by Joao Martiniano https://appsto.re/us/_YjNK.i
* Hearbuilder Auditory Memory by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/gp6lV.i
* iHear PECS: Animals by Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/gCSwW.i
* Lipa Pairs by Lipa Learning, https://appsto.re/us/bjpOT.i
* Listen & Learn by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, https://appsto.re/us/PtNkbb.i
* Listen Up Bear by Dave Sindrey, https://appsto.re/us/6wDRM.i
* Listening for Absurdities Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/zMcgF.i
* Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/w-A76.i
* Listening Power Grades K-3 HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/bOHH_.i
* Processing Pow Wow by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/-lZ8X.i
* Sophie’s Discoveries HD by Surfing Dino Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/mEfXz.i
* Sound Memo improves visual-auditory perception of your kid, very good for children with autism by Likomp, https://appsto.re/us/cnuGT.i
* Whoosh On by Rune VENDLER, https://appsto.re/us/8WpUU.i (has household appliances that many kids with Autism have a high interest in)

Matching:
* Animals Babies and Homes – First Words Preschool and Kindergarten Educational Learning Matching Puzzle Adventure Game for Toddler Kids Explorers by Gil Weiss, https://appsto.re/us/3AUTI.i
* Baby First Words. Matching Educational Puzzle Games for Toddlers and Preschool Kids by Abby Monkey® Learning Clubhouse by 22learn, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/cfZO1.i (face up matching)
* Flip Flip with Bato by OTATAA, https://appsto.re/us/sTVC_.i
* High IQ Kids by Beyond123, https://appsto.re/us/EnGMM.i
* Memoria (Pairs Matching Game) – amazing matching flashcards game for children by PopAppFactory, https://appsto.re/us/ReGUz.i
* MyMemo – Customisable and educational matching game for kids by App Family AB, https://appsto.re/us/bG189.i
* TinyHands First Words 1 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/m7AFW.i (great for face-up matching & vocabulary)
* TinyHands First Words 2 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/7jno5.i
* TinyHands What’s my pair 1 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/9WLNX.i
* TinyHands What’s My Pair 2 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/xbMNX.i
* TinyHands What’s my pair 3 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/ug6L1.i

Mixed Goals – content to target a wide variety of goals:
* Word Vault Pro by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://appsto.re/us/8dqhO.i

Music:
* Caspar Babypants Music Time! by Catnap Apps LLC, https://appsto.re/us/DGLdN.i
* Jazzy Music Box by The Melody Book, https://appsto.re/us/2WCj3.i (bundle of 4 apps)
* Choose music:
– Niki Music by Alessandro La Rocca, https://appsto.re/us/e-VAJ.i
– Moon Tunes – Music Player For Kids by Wee Taps, https://appsto.re/us/I2Aw3.i
– CanTunes by University of Victoria, https://appsto.re/us/Pf67N.i
– EZ Tunes by Daniel Norman, https://appsto.re/us/8n47x.i
* Musical apps with repeated predictable lines:

– Counting Songs 1 by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/XGOe1.i (includes 10 songs, also switch capable)
– Itsy Bitsy Spider HD – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/fhWLw.i
– Kids Song Planet by francois walter, https://appsto.re/us/YiT8M.i
– Nursery Rhymes by Oops Yay by Oops Yay, https://appsto.re/us/pg2hab.i
– Nursery Rhymes – Zeze Zebra Volume 1 by Asa Movshovitz, https://appsto.re/us/vFJ68.i
– Nursery Rhymes Music Box For Kids – 3D Educational Learning Sing Along game for Toddlers by Gil Weiss, https://appsto.re/us/0BaT-.i
– Starring Me in Old MacDonald Had a Farm by OkiPlay Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/Y3fLI.i
– Wheels on the Bus HD by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/kg7kw.i
* PitchFork by W Wickham, https://appsto.re/us/QKqW2.i (Slow down music, helpful for kids who have a difficult time repeating lyrics & those who become overstimulated by face paced music. The SlowTunes app is my favorite app for doing this but unfortunately it has disappeared from the App Store. I contacted the app developer who is a parent of a child with Apraxia. He indicated they hope to eventually update it and return it to the App Store (http://slowtunesapp.com). In the meantime, this app is a good alternative)
* Touch Switch by Goatella, https://appsto.re/us/8Ib5B.i (like a Big Mack but plays a song from your iTunes library + colorful video visualization while the music plays)

Opposites:
* Autism iHelp – Opposites SLP Edition by John Talavera, https://appsto.re/us/bDCG0.i
* Preschool Game – Little Matchups Opposites by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/CY3NA.i
* Preschool Game – Photo Touch Opposites by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/BHgrz.i
* The FOOT Book – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/XDNSx.i
* Word Pairs by Do2Learn, https://appsto.re/us/FBYkE.i
* ZOOLA Opposites by INBAL Tal, https://appsto.re/us/H8IxA.i

Pacing:
* Abacus in Augmented Reality by @Reks, https://appsto.re/us/RAIrG.i (using an abacus as a pacing tool: http://bit.ly/2huWFuz)
* Turtle Talk by APTUS SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY LTD
https://appsto.re/us/oHXiP.i

Play (a few examples of open-ended play apps with lots of opportunities for language when an adult plays with the child using the app):
* Bamba Ice-Cream – Kids run an Ice-Cream Shop and make their very own Candied Chocolate Waffle Sundae Cone by Mezmedia, https://appsto.re/us/gkz-F.i
* Bamba Pizza by Mezmedia, https://appsto.re/us/X9gIF.i
* Big City Vehicles – Cars and Trucks for Kids by The Melody Book, https://appsto.re/us/8DtE7.i
* BRIO World – Railway by Filimundus AB, https://appsto.re/us/v_ZC_.i
* Build and Play 3D – Planes, Trains, Robots and More by Croco Studio, https://appsto.re/us/MNzHG.i
* Build and Play 3D – Rockets, Helicopters, Submarines and More by Croco Studio
https://appsto.re/us/2iC_O.i
* Choo Choo Park by Phoebe Garayblas, https://appsto.re/us/V2G_9.i (the whole series is great. Color and then play)
* Cookie Doodle by Shoe the Goose, https://appsto.re/us/wxhzu.i (love several of their apps)
* Create a Car by ABCya.com, https://appsto.re/us/SZWix.i
* Dr. Panda Bus Driver by Dr. Panda Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/JhJlS.i
* Dr. Panda Daycare by Dr. Panda Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/fuJuI.i (I love most of their apps)
* Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool by Dr. Panda Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/xKWM2.i
* Duckie Deck Family Photo by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/FDODU.i (I love most of their apps)
* Easy-Bake Treats! by Hasbro, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/shBLB.i
* Fuzzy House by Fuzzy House Aps, https://appsto.re/us/jPZBbb.i
* Frosby Learning Games 1 & 2 by Frosby Designs Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/vGqT2.i
* Frosby Picnic Camp by Frosby Designs Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/1H16O.i
* LEGO® DUPLO® Circus by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/JNL3U.i
* LEGO® DUPLO® Food by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/gZDvW.i
* LEGO® DUPLO® Ice Cream by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/asJnX.i
* LEGO® DUPLO® Train by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/OGZ1N.i
* LEGO® Juniors Create & Cruise by LEGO Systems, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/uztrD.i
* Little Builders – Trucks, Cranes & Digger for Kids by Fox and Sheep GmbH, https://appsto.re/us/MqYk0.i
* Monster Truck Doodle by Shoe the Goose, https://appsto.re/us/lZrxV.i
* My Little Work – Garage by Filimundus AB, https://appsto.re/us/KMR7Q.i
* My PlayHome by PlayHome Software Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/5fdnA.i (the whole series of apps is great and if you have them all you can seamlessly explore a virtual town)
* My Town : Stores by My Town Games LTD, https://appsto.re/us/PQ8fab.i (several apps in this series)
* Pepi Bath by Pepi Play, https://appsto.re/us/8v5gE.i
* Sago Mini Friends – Preschool Playdate for Kids and Toddlers by Sago Sago, https://appsto.re/us/61Qh0.i (I love all of their apps)
* Storest – Kids Love Playing Store… Paper store! by Pixle, https://appsto.re/us/9hZm3.i (free printables in the app)
* Toca Birthday Party by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/BXPaC.i
* Toca Hair Salon Me by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/T1dKR.i
* Toca Kitchen by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/bb6zC.i
* Toca Kitchen Monsters by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/rAPAE.i
* Toca Pet Doctor by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/HnSkW.i
* Toca Store by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/FDYyA.i
* Toca Tea Party by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/Kogsz.i
* Toca Train by Toca Boca AB, https://appsto.re/us/JM5fF.i
* Toy Repair Workshop – fix broken doll, vehicle, robot, plush bear and more toys for kids by Sebastian Bachorzewski, https://appsto.re/us/XhRbQ.i

Plurals:
* Build Plurals by Jack Apps Education, https://appsto.re/us/RQAbfb.i
* Expedition with plurals by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/OIkJF.i
* Little Critter Numbers by Oceanhouse Media, https://appsto.re/us/99cr1.i
* Plurals Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/SXe_B.i
* Popup Pairs by Code Dads, https://appsto.re/us/8Jyn6.i

Problem Solving:

* Ask Ed by Insightful Systems Pty Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/Mx1kX.i

* Duh Color Stuff – A Book for Kids. Read, Play and Learn! by Guy Sharon, https://appsto.re/us/s1yS5.i
* If … Then … Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/3p9nB.i
* Solve It – Solve Your Problems by Small TALK Speech Therapy Pty Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/hTlE1.i
* Thinkrolls by AVOKIDDO, https://appsto.re/us/r-VQ2.i
* Thinkrolls 2 by AVOKIDDO, https://appsto.re/us/OXuV5.i
* Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens by AVOKIDDO, https://appsto.re/us/ddu6eb.i (MUCH harder than the other two Think Rolls…. as in I haven’t been able to finish the “hard” level in this app yet)

Pronouns:
* Pronoun Fill-In Super Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/-HMzM.i
* Pronoun Heroes by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/mnSV3.i
* Pronouns by Teach Speech Apps – for speech therapy by Teach Speech Apps, LLC
https://appsto.re/us/1XXJ5.i
* Pronouns With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP, https://appsto.re/us/NHMRN.i
* The Pronoun Party by Alana Noakes, https://appsto.re/us/Gzx07.i
* Using I and Me Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/h45yD.i
* We Learn: He She and They by Nick Pellecchia, https://appsto.re/us/Df4rY.i

Reading Comprehension:
* Billy Possum’s Interactive Comprehension by michelle somerton, https://appsto.re/us/Jnjm0.i (gorgeous app based on research)
* I Read – Animals (Reading Comprehension for Kids) by Nerea Sanchez Dominguez, https://appsto.re/us/_yCe4.i
* Inference Ace: Reading Comprehension Skills & Practice for Struggling Readers: School Edition by Janine Toole, https://appsto.re/us/cYQn0.i
* Inference Clues: Reading Comprehension Skills & Practice for Kids Who Need Help: School Edition by Janine Toole, https://appsto.re/us/_WCu0.i
* Main Idea – Sentences: Reading Comprehension Skills & Practice Game for Kids – Common Core Aligned: School Edition by Janine Toole, https://appsto.re/us/1vXy1.i
* Main Idea – Short Texts: Reading Comprehension Skills Game for Kids: School Edition by Janine TooleM https://appsto.re/us/szWN2.i
* Reading Comprehension Skills – Grades 1st and 2nd With Testing Prep by Jerrold Story, https://appsto.re/us/NeOj6.i
* Reading Comprehension Prep by Peekaboo Studios LLC, https://appsto.re/us/FJ0gS.i
* Sports Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension by Peekaboo Studios LLC, https://appsto.re/us/4hp04.i

Sentences:
* Clicker Sentences by Crick Software, https://appsto.re/us/PlWtI.i
* Colourful Semantics by London SLTS Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/kZHWK.i
* First Phrases HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
https://appsto.re/us/cYWpC.i
* Fun with Verbs & Sentences HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/QozJQ.i
* Picture the Sentence HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/jNTHC.i
* Picture This! Sentence Structure Development Bundle by Alana Noakes, https://appsto.re/us/fyZe-.i (bundle of 3 apps, reminds me of the visual structure provided in the Fokes Sentence Builder program)
* Rainbow Sentences by Mobile Education Store LLC, https://appsto.re/us/HnfFz.i
* Sentence Maker Free by Innovative Investments Limited, https://appsto.re/us/yZv5E.i
* Sentence Match and Sentence Key by Computerade Products, https://appsto.re/us/JOBW2.i (bundle of 4 apps, symbol supported sentences)
* Sentence Ninja by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/CLX4O.i
* SpeakColorsHD by RWH Technology, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/BGO7C.i
* Symbols2Write by Widgit, https://appsto.re/us/9B3I3.i (unique symbol supported sentence creation bundle of 4 apps)

Sequencing:
* GoSequencing by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/T0KP7.i
* iSEQUENCES by Fundación Planeta Imaginario, https://appsto.re/us/rUNmE.i
* Sequence of Events – Sequencing Cards for Kids by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://appsto.re/us/Jaqucb.i
* Sequences for Kids by Club LIA, https://appsto.re/us/cy7NG.i
* Sequencing Bundle by ColorCards, https://appsto.re/us/Fwd14.i (bundle of 3 apps)
* Sequencing from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/vsdd2.i
* Sequencing Post Office by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/z_NI1.i
* Sequencing with Lenny by BuzZappo!, https://appsto.re/us/8O4q6.i
* Speech with Milo: Sequencing by Doonan Speech Therapy, https://appsto.re/us/xRmVz.i
* StepByStep Sequencing Pro Version by Soar Therapy, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/nhWZ5.i

Sign Language:
* ASL Kids – Sign Language by Bas van der Wilk, https://appsto.re/us/8XEx5.i
* Feed Maxi by Speak Eazy Apps, https://appsto.re/us/8vzhQ.i (also great for following instructions)

Social Skills:
* 10 Ways – a Social Skills Game by Everyday Speech, https://appsto.re/us/SZNIcb.i
* All About You All About Me Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/Q8yXA.i
* Autism Social Stories Bundle by I Get It, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/n5092.i (this developer has several social story apps)
* Between the Lines Level 1 Lite HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/rpyqI.i (two other apps in this series, also full versions available)
* Circles App – Social Skills & Relationships by James Stanfield Co., Inc., https://appsto.re/us/6LK58.i
* Comic & thought bubble apps are great for depicting thoughts & conversations:
– Balloon Stickies Plus by Masako Sakanashi, https://appsto.re/us/u1USP.i
– Comic Book Creation Pack by Juicy Bits, https://appsto.re/us/8RzV2.i (2 apps)
– ComicBook! by 3DTOPO Inc., https://appsto.re/us/7uP_z.i
– Comics Head – Create your own comic by NextWave Multimedia Inc, https://appsto.re/us/HhWQC.i
– Seedling Comic Studio by Seedling USA, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/6MyQ9.i
* Complete Speech and Language Bundle: Social Skills, Emotions, Language Development by Everyday Speech, https://appsto.re/us/hrKs3.i (bundle of 3 great apps)
* ConversationBuilder™ by Mobile Education Store LLC, https://appsto.re/us/MAdRy.i
* ConversationBuilderTeen by Mobile Education Store LLC, https://appsto.re/us/Vc53G.i
* Discovering Emotions with Zeely – Educational Tool for Learning Emotions by Virtual EyeSee, https://appsto.re/us/cT74U.i
* Emotion Detective by InGenius Labs / Brooke Purslowe Psychology, https://appsto.re/us/cytlF.i
* iDo Hygiene –Daily life skills activities, for individuals with special needs (full version) by C.E.T – THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, https://appsto.re/us/5Apt7.i (this developer has several apps with video modeling of life skills)
* iModeling – Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorder by Autism SA, https://appsto.re/us/J5xrB.i
* iModeling Boundaries by Autism SA, https://appsto.re/us/kbdVD.i
* Kloog 2 Return to Zugopolis – Autism Social Skills by Shine Ireland, https://appsto.re/us/yYPpfb.i
* Language Lab: Spin & Speak – Social Skills by Doonan Speech Therapy, https://appsto.re/us/_WzrM.i
* Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear by Alana Noakes, https://appsto.re/us/S4zm5.i
* Little Star Trying New Foods Story by Little Star Early Learning Pty.Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/9KZQN.i (this developer has several social story apps)
* Practicing Pragmatics Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/jAYMA.i
* Problem Resolution by GroMobi, https://appsto.re/us/4nDf3.i
* Saying Goodbye by Special Learning, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/1dmZI.i
* Sharing with Duckie Deck by Duckie Deck Development, https://appsto.re/us/la7qI.i
* SocialCue by CodeJib, https://appsto.re/us/0g1P8.i
* Social Detective by Social Skill Builder, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/5udi6.i
* Social Norms by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/dv74Y.i
* Social Skill Builder: My School Day by Social Skill Builder, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/oHybI.i
* Social Skills for Autism by Shine Ireland, https://appsto.re/us/RJq55.i
* Social Skills With Billy by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://appsto.re/us/de3q9.i
* storysmart1: Trudy Goes to the Beach – Social Language Skills by Ruby Cube Inc., https://appsto.re/us/bvzcL.i (all 3 apps in this series are great)
* Teach2Talk’s Behaviors with Friends by Teach2Talk, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/vN842.i
* The Social Bunch: Perspectives by First Words, https://appsto.re/us/JL9H9.i
* Turn Taker – Social Story & Sharing Tool by Touch Autism, https://appsto.re/us/i44aQ.i
* Wait Timer – Social Story & Visual Timer Tool by Touch Autism, https://appsto.re/us/D8B6G.i (this developer has several social story apps)

Spatial Concepts / Prepositions:
* Fido & Pumpkin Position Words by Sakura Imaginings, https://appsto.re/us/M5U9fb.i
* L15 Penguin 1 by VINCI Education Corporation, https://appsto.re/us/xje_9.i
* My First Prepositions by Visual Edvantage, https://appsto.re/us/HvIIK.i
* Prep School by Filament Games, https://appsto.re/us/oeKyF.i
* Prepositions by Teach Speech Apps – for speech therapy by Teach Speech Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/16Gd5.i
* Prepositions – Flashcards & Video Modeling by BumbleBee Kids
https://appsto.re/us/TDfO1.i
* Preposition Remix by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/1wJ9y.i
* PrepositionBuilder™ by Mobile Education Store LLC, https://appsto.re/us/iDdRy.i
* Speech with Milo: Prepositions by Doonan Speech Therapy, https://appsto.re/us/4dD3y.i
* Sue & Bob are learning together – Space by Krzysztof Kleminski, https://appsto.re/us/LVgbV.i
* The Bear Went Over the Mountain HD by LoeschWare, https://appsto.re/us/vUwEJ.i
* Where’s my Monster? by Martin Hughes, https://appsto.re/us/CJipX.i

Storytelling (many have stickers & in-app voice recording)
* Banana Vocabulary by Caleb Dale Rinard, https://appsto.re/us/sAoO8.i
* Book Creator for iPad by Red Jumper Limited, https://appsto.re/us/wDIxA.i
* Colorforms® by Colorforms Brand, https://appsto.re/us/i51R9.i
* Draw and Tell HD – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/xFEfE.i
* Farm Story Maker Activity Game for Kids and Toddlers Premium by Eggroll Games LLC, https://appsto.re/us/gBAF8.i
* Hide & Seek! by Creativiti B.V., https://appsto.re/us/2qGpK.i
* Imagistory: Schools Edition – A Storytelling App by Imagistory Publishing Ltd.
https://appsto.re/us/r3Z_2.i
* Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks by Enuma, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/C9DBJ.i
* Make A Scene: Farmyard by Innivo Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/_8J4D.i
* My Story Book Creator School Edition by Bright Bot, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/W3RXA.i
* Our Story for iPad by The Open University, https://appsto.re/us/UTVOO.i
* Pictello – Talking visual story creator by AssistiveWare, https://appsto.re/us/ytTTx.i
* Princess Fairy Tale Maker – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/MtOBF.i
* Puppet Pals 2 by Polished Play, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/OrzhJ.i
* Shadow Puppet Edu by Seesaw Learning Inc., https://appsto.re/us/afy90.i
* Strip Designer by Vivid Apps, https://appsto.re/us/cXYWs.i
* Super Duper StoryMaker by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/qghVG.i
* Superhero Comic Book Maker HD – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/HHfNG.i
* TeleStory by Launchpad Toys, https://appsto.re/us/kf5J2.i
* Tell About This Free by RSA Group, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/N1GMU.i
* Toonia Storymaker – Make Picture Books, Comics & Cartoons by 3fs, https://appsto.re/us/TIkZI.i (character emotions are adjustable)
* Toontastic by Launchpad Toys, https://appsto.re/us/IeYhy.i
* Toontastic Jr. Pirates by Launchpad Toys, https://appsto.re/us/surKI.i
* You’re the Storyteller: The Surprise (Home Edition) HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/mQmBF.i

Switch-capable:

These are highly specialized apps that most SLPs may not need unless they are working with kids with severe and complex special needs. See this post: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.562317480485928.1073741841.174264525957894/902755529775453/?type=3&theater. Also see this great list on Jane Farrall’s website: http://www.janefarrall.com/switch-accessible-apps-for-ipadiphone-non-aac/.

Symbols (make materials with symbols):
* Custom Boards- Premium by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/1hHNB.i (has Smarty Symbols)
* iESLp by Irmgard Raubenheimer, https://appsto.re/us/NiPA2.i (has SymbolStix, unique in that you can also make interactive activities to use on your iPad)
* Tools2Talk+ Create your own communication aids and chat by Scopevic, https://appsto.re/us/tYUeab.i (has Boardmaker PCS symbols)

Targeted Touch:
* Bumper Cars by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/sgmqH.i
* Circular Bells by Andrea Franceschini, https://appsto.re/us/G6Lu_.i
* Free Sweeper for Babies by David Herrera Solas, https://appsto.re/us/-FMvN.i
* Frog Races, for babies. by David Herrera Solas, https://appsto.re/us/BVTL9.i
* Jungle animals for babies by David Herrera Solas, https://appsto.re/us/HgCc5.i
* Roly Poly Toy, doll for babies. by David Herrera Solas, https://appsto.re/us/lYwjbb.i
* Shhhh! by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/RSfJI.i
* Stop and Go! HD by Shortstack, https://appsto.re/us/4MC_B.i
* Touch the Ladybug, free and easy game for babies. by David Herrera Solas, https://appsto.re/us/pP8IO.i

Verbs:
* ABC Actions by Peapod Labs LLC, https://appsto.re/us/btbPQ.i
* Action Words by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://appsto.re/us/2ctGE.i
* Actions In Video – Full by Geraldine Moran, https://appsto.re/us/nbDfX.i
* Actions With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP, https://appsto.re/us/LKbI5.i
* Fun with Verbs & Sentences HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/QozJQ.i
* Irregular Verbs Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/Nd45B.i
* iPractice Verbs by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/sxLqv.i
* Key Verbs with Steffy & James by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/WqZH5.i
* Language Lab: ing Verbs + Prepositions by Doonan Speech Therapy, https://appsto.re/us/a8zfG.i
* Learn Actions with Us by Alana Noakes, https://appsto.re/us/lQxT7.i
* M27 Park by VINCI Education Corporation, https://appsto.re/us/ApBiab.i
* Noodle Words HD – Action Set 1 by NoodleWorks, https://appsto.re/us/HfIEC.i
* Pogg by Ricky Vuckovic, https://appsto.re/us/L4HUt.i (this quirky alien is highly motivating & hilarious…. a “must have” app for any SLP)
* Regular Past Tense Verbs Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/QqBmC.i
* Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp by Smithsonian Institution, https://appsto.re/us/OS6VQ.i
* Speech with Milo: Verbs by Doonan Speech Therapy, https://appsto.re/us/iSOky.i
* Symbol-Verbs by Widgit, https://appsto.re/us/fk1qW.i
* TenseBuilder by Mobile Education Store LLC, https://appsto.re/us/MafFz.i
* Verbs from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/jc0C3.i

Videos:
* GoNoodle Kids by GoNoodle, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/LJjO-.i
* Online Player Pro – Watch Video Comfortably by Evolution Games LLP, https://appsto.re/us/T4Lc7.i
* YouTube Kids by Google, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/U1q23.i
* How to download YouTube videos to your iPad to watch offline: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/11/06/how-to-watch-youtube-videos-offline-get-this-free-app-follow-the-steps-in-the-post/

Visual Timers (since Apple was crazy and removed the built in visual timer aspect of the clock app in iOS 10, you’ll want to get a visual timer app….. they are worth their weight in gold to help kids see how long they will be working or how long they get to do a preferred activity):
* Fun Time Timer by CodigoDelSur, https://appsto.re/us/gju4M.i
* O Timer by Lammert Westerhoff, https://appsto.re/us/hVXm-.i
* This for That: Visual Timer by Center for Autism and Related Disorders, https://appsto.re/us/O6r54.i
* Timer for Kids – visual countdown for preschool children! by Idea4e, https://appsto.re/us/2KCK1.i
* Timero: Elegant Timer by QZero Labs, https://appsto.re/us/GDkrV.i
* Visual Timer – Time Tracker PRO by Saliha Bhutta, https://appsto.re/us/7-i08.i

Visual supports & visual schedules:
* ASD Tools by Chestnut Apps, https://appsto.re/us/3TRDI.i
* Behavior World Reward Chart: Class & Chore Tracker by Helping Hand Systems, LLC
https://appsto.re/us/_zFR7.i
* Choiceworks by Bee Visual, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/u2V-C.i
* Choiceworks Calendar by Bee Visual, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/XmOjV.i
* FTVS HD – First Then Visual Schedule HD by Good Karma Applications, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/szGmL.i
* PicStrip – Collage Maker, Picture & Photo Editor by Appyfurious, https://appsto.re/us/sEMR2.i
* Visual Schedule Planner by Good Karma Applications, Inc, https://appsto.re/us/kAciD.i

Vocabulary:
* 500+ Toddler Flashcards by SMART GECKO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD, https://appsto.re/us/fJNV8.i
* Bud’s First English Words – Vocabulary Builder, Reading Game, Picture Dictionary & Learning activities for Preschool Toddlers by Nimble Minds LLC, https://appsto.re/us/5nLMY.i
* Clue Catcher All Grades Edition Context Clues by Golden Mean Advisory Resources LLC, https://appsto.re/us/Sjm1ab.i
* Core Curriculum PreK-K – Pro by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/FvRJH.i
* First Words International Home HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development, https://appsto.re/us/GkmoG.i
* Flashcards – Body parts by Klap Edutainment, https://appsto.re/us/l2b9V.i
* Flashcards for Kids by Alan Quinn, https://appsto.re/us/ZkReS.i
* Flashcards for Kids PRO – Learn My First Words with Child Development Flash Cards by VLADIMIR KRUCHININ, https://appsto.re/us/GQw8-.i
* Kids Flashcards Maker by INKids Education LLC, https://appsto.re/us/X6Y98.i
* Kids’ Match by Circular3D, https://appsto.re/us/LlkGU.i
* Laureate First Words by Laureate Learning Systems, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/pFE_O.i
* Learn To Talk First Words – Preschool, Kindergarten Flashcards by Thunderloop, https://appsto.re/us/k_gQD.i
* Learn To Talk More Words – Preschool,Kindergarten Flashcards by Thunderloop, https://appsto.re/us/wlTRD.i
* My First 1,000 Words – Flashcards and Games by Alligator Apps by Innovative Mobile Apps, https://appsto.re/us/–NZA.i
* My first english words with Little Brown Bear for kids 2 to 5 by Bayard Presse SA, https://appsto.re/us/xda4E.i
* See.Touch.Learn Pro by Brain Parade, https://appsto.re/us/vw_4B.i
* Sound Touch by SoundTouch, https://appsto.re/us/O_3Vu.i (this developer has several apps in this series)
* Talking Picture Board by Scott Yang, https://appsto.re/us/Rew-A.i
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – First Words by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://appsto.re/us/ohmw1.i
* TinyHands First Words 1 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/m7AFW.i
* TinyHands First Words 2 – Full Version, https://appsto.re/us/7jno5.i
* Toddler Tap! by James Miller, https://appsto.re/us/7jTII.i
* Toddler Sound 123 – Flashcards for baby to touch and play by GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd, https://appsto.re/us/G7whO.i
* Touch, Look, Listen ~ My First Words by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://appsto.re/us/jI0NR.i
* Video Touch – Wildlife by SoundTouch, https://appsto.re/us/bH0DG.i (this developer has several apps in this series)
* What Do I Wear? ~ Touch, Look, Listen by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://appsto.re/us/am81Y.i
* Word Blocks – Vocabulary Builder by abovehorizon.com, https://appsto.re/us/84-Kcb.i
* WordToob: Language Learning with Video Modeling by John Halloran, https://appsto.re/us/lTZ1M.i
* Zoo Animals ~ Touch, Look, Listen by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://appsto.re/us/tA66U.i

Vowels:
* Bud’s Rhyming Words – Kids learn word families, CVC, short & long vowel words by Nimble Minds LLC, https://appsto.re/us/9JnRZ.i
* i Can Spell with Phonics by Michael Harvey, https://appsto.re/us/bt148.i
* Partners in Rhyme by PRESCHOOL UNIVERSITY, https://appsto.re/us/zhR_Q.i
* Rhyming Bus: sounds for spelling + reading by Therapy Box Limited, https://appsto.re/us/P7ft9.i
* Sight Word Flip It by Readingresource.net, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/7olqO.i
* Speech That Works by Sunshine Cottage School For Deaf Children, https://appsto.re/us/Y6Fu3.i
* SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, https://appsto.re/us/9aM_z.i
* Tiggly Story Maker: Make Words and Capture Your Stories About Them by Tiggly, https://appsto.re/us/03AX5.i
* Vowel Viz Pro by SmartPalate International, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/YYtZX.i

Wh-Questions:
* Autism iHelp – WH? SLP Edition by John Talavera, https://appsto.re/us/ehGWP.i
* Comprehension Builder Bundle for Speech Therapy and Special Needs Education by Abitalk Incorporated, https://appsto.re/us/OjE_5.i (bundle of 2 apps)
* My Day With WH Words – A Social Story and Beginning Speech Tool by Touch Autism, https://appsto.re/us/Yl3hD.i
* Peek-a-Zoo HD – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://appsto.re/us/cS0NC.i
* Questions2Learn by Speech Pups LLC, https://appsto.re/us/PTsbG.i
* QuestionIt ED by Language Learning Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/aMc5_.i (teaches different types of Wh-questions, symbol supported, especially great for students with Autism)
* Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://appsto.re/us/o52CP.i
* WhQuestions by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/e69Yu.i
* WH Question Cards – Pro: Who, What, When, Where, Why by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/JcHEG.i
* WH Questions: Answering & Asking: School Edition by Janine Toole, https://appsto.re/us/LpE5-.i
* Wh Questions by Teach Speech Apps – who, what, when, where and why app for speech therapy by Teach Speech Apps, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/KSd-6.i

Yes/No:
* Hungry Dino by STANISLAV PAVLOV, https://appsto.re/us/mwpDV.i
* What Did Snakey Eat? by National Wildlife Federation, https://appsto.re/us/mxFZC.i
* Yes / No Barn: Answering Yes No Questions by Smarty Ears, https://appsto.re/us/o6Lc4.i
* Yes/No Questions from I Can Do Apps by I CAN DO APPS, LLC, https://appsto.re/us/YXstX.i
* Yes Or No? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications, https://appsto.re/us/z2bkC.i

Zip Files:
* Teachers Pay Teachers Tip} How to access .zip files on your iPad: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/03/teachers-pay-teachers-tip-how-to-access-zip-files-on-your-ipad/

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Have a favorite app for use in speech-language therapy that’s not on the list? If it’s still available for purchase in the USA App Store and doesn’t contain ads or involve a subscription, feel free to send me the link in a message on my OMazing Kids page (it’s by far the most reliable way to reach me…. the e-mail address I use on my blog and other social media is swamped with spam mail).

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{Dear Apple} If you want to be “special needs friendly”, please do this….

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Dear Apple,

iPads were the best purchase ever as a SLP. If you truly want iPads to be “special needs friendly”, please do this:

  • Maintain consistent sizes on devices. Companies that make cases need consistent sizes over time for them to invest in making cases for them. It has been a challenge to find cases for the iPad Mini 4 & iPad Pro 9.7″

 

  • Please make an iPad Pro Mini. Having the Mini size + the 4 speakers + the enhanced processor speed would make it ideal for most kids who would use it for AAC.

 

  • Please add the visual aspect back to the built in timer in your next update for iOS 10. Very useful for kids with Autism.

Thanks for considering these suggestions!
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
OMazing Kids (https://omazingkidsllc.com/)
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This feedback was submitted directly to Apple via their online feedback form on 11/6/16. I’ll keep you posted if I get a response. I have seen rumors of a an iPad Pro 7.9″ (aka. iPad Mini 5 but with 4 speakers and other features of the iPad Pro) possibly coming in March 2017. If that happens, I hope Gripcase & Lifeproof will both get on board in supporting the special needs community and offer cases for it. 

https://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

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Here are some good FREE visual timer apps to use until Apple adds the visual aspect back to the built in iPad timer:

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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{New Favorite Therapy Toy & Aided Language Stimulation} The Playskool Learnimals Color Me Hungry Hippo – free printable included

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{New Favorite Therapy Toy & Aided Language Stimulation} The Playskool Learnimals Color Me Hungry Hippo is my new favorite therapy toy! I had several patients squeal and giggle with delight at the sight of a jumbo version of the character they know from the popular Hungry Hungry Hippos kids game. One adorable articulation patient said “Is dat Hunwee Hunwee Hippo?” in the most astonished voice…. lol! What’s not to love about a toy that you can feed, his belly lights up to match the color of the item inserted and you learn about colors, shapes, food and counting? This new BFF also enticed one of my youngest patients to say “eat”, “mmm” & “yum” (a huge deal for this kiddo). For my AAC users and patients that I use symbol supported language stimulation as visual supports to expand verbal utterances, I made printable symbols and added him to several of my AAC apps. Besides those early concepts, also lots of opportunities for core vocabulary (today I targeted eat, hungry, in, open, more, again, full and done but already have others in mind).

I bought mine for $18.09 with free shipping through Amazon Prime (https://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Learnimals-Color-Hungry-Hippo/dp/B00C3WXKQ4). Don’t think he’s available in stores anymore but definitely worth also looking for at thrift shops and garage sales.

Here is a PDF of the symbols that I made to go with it:

1-Page PDF of printable symbols for Color Me Hungry Hippo - made by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids

1-Page PDF of printable symbols for Color Me Hungry Hippo – made by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/color-me-hungry-hippo-symbols-pecs-aided-language-stimulation-symbol-supported-language-stimulation-sentence-building-omazing-kids.pdf
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By the way, did you know that there is a FREE app? I use it all the time in therapy. A fun alternative to the real game: Hungry Hungry Hippos by Hasbro, Inc., https://appsto.re/us/BugeH.i.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
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Keeping an open mind

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Seriously. If you want to get SLPs in a tizzy just post a question or comment about anything related to oral motor strategies or the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) in certain Facebook groups. Then step back and watch the panties get in a wad. All kinds of spewing about lack of evidence and some very hateful comments. <<side note: does anyone ask about the use of the Pokemon Go app as an evidenced based practice? Nope. Even ASHA jumped on that crazy bandwagon>>. The problem is they are so close minded that they don’t want to stop to consider that ASHA says “evidence” can also include clinical expertise and patient/caregiver perspectives (http://www.asha.org/Research/EBP/).

While I don’t personally don’t use a lot of oral motor strategies, I have worked closely with SLPs who use that extensively as part of their therapy “toolkit” with fabulous results. As grandma used to say “the proof is in the pudding”.

After watching numerous videos, reading several books and chatting with Elizabeth Vosseller, MA, CCC-SLP, a SLP who specializes in RPM at the Growing Kids Therapy Center (see this post: https://growingkidstherapy.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/my-paradigm-shift-from-traditional-speech-therapy-to-rpm/. She blogs and posts frequently about her RPM successes with patients on her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/GrowingKidsTherapyCenter), my mind is open to the possibility that RPM is in fact a valid approach to try with certain patients. Patients for whom other more traditional AAC approaches have not worked. But I guess those with their panties in a wad would rather these individuals not have a “voice” if it requires atypical types of supports.

Just needed to vent. Hey it’s my page and I can share my thoughts freely here. Be forewarned…. if anyone leaves hateful or disparaging comments on any of my social media sites they will be deleted.
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Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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{Review} Bluebee Pals Pro

Bluebee Pals Pro

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{Review} Bluebee Pals Pro

I was excited to have the opportunity to test the upgraded version of the Bluebee Pals. I’ve been using them since April 2015 (see this post: http://bit.ly/2aAAsqO). Always fun to watch products evolve over time. Here’s what I love about the new Bluebee Pals Pros:

  • They are slightly larger, slightly heavier & fluffier
  • The sound output is louder with more noticeable mouth movement
  • The Bluebee Pal Pro tells you to connect it via Bluetooth, provides verbal feedback when it is connected and tells you when it needs to be charged
  • The process of connecting it to a device via Bluetooth is easier than before

The only slight glitch I noticed is that part of the word was left off when using it with an AAC app but this appeared to resolve after the first couple of activations. When doing a side-by-side comparison of the original and new Bluebee Pals, this was less noticeable with the new version.

Price: $64.99 each

Website: https://bluebeepals.com
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Side-by-side comparison:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_YlheYxD40

Another fun use for Bluebee Pals is with music or music apps:

Singing “Sparrows”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqT6SMJElqk

Singing “Take the Sun” in the Caspar Babypants Music Time! app
https://appsto.re/us/DGLdN.i

https://youtu.be/cL3YMrVb414

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See the power of using Bluebee Pals: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVbIaegxbkg

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Quick instructional “how to” video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BnsEzpfHrg

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The company continues to be dedicated to getting Bluebee Pals into the hands of professionals working with kids with special needs. They have generously donated numerous Bluebee Pals to teachers, SLPs, OTs, etc… Check out their Bluebee Pals Ambassador program:

https://bluebeepals.com/ambassadors/
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Follow them on social media for product updates: https://www.facebook.com/BluebeePals
https://www.twitter.com/bluebeepals
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_1ePfSV9XWfg_rCtdU634A
https://www.instagram.com/bluebeepals/

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Disclaimer: I received free samples of the product to review. No compensation was received to review them and my opinions are strictly my own.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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Adapted Games for Inclusive Play: Candy Land

Adapted Games For Inclusive Play - Candy Land

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Adapted Games for Inclusive Play: Candy Land

I’ve been looking for a way to make the Candy Land game accessible for kids with special needs and found a great solution by combing an app, a specific version of the board game and ideas from an old journal article and a few websites!

Who knew that there has been SO many different versions of this game over the years and that each version has slightly different pictures on the “picture squares” in the game?

Well there has been and I was determined to get the version of the board game that matched up to this app. Could have sworn that I already had the Candy Land board game but looked through my entire stash of materials and couldn’t find it. If I had found it and it wasn’t the right version, my plan was to take screenshots of the pink picture squares from the app and attach them to the game board to make it match.
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After extensive research I finally figured out which version of the Candy Land board game matches this app. I bought “Candy Land – The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game” (2010) on Amazon for $7.49: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00000DMF5 and this app for $.99 (Candy Cards by Panther Technology,  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/candy-cards/id554983778?mt=8 , iOS 3.2 or later, Universal app that works on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch). I was initially leery of the app since it had not been updated since 2012 but at the price of $.99 decided to try it out. I’m pleased to report that it worked fine on my iPad Air (running iOS 9.3.1) and on my iPhone 5 (running iOS 9.3.2). The only quirky thing I noted when using the app on an iPhone is that the app did not adjust to landscape orientation and had a small black band of dead space at the top and bottom of the screen.

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Check out all the options in this app’s settings area:

Under “Accessibility” settings:

  •  “Safety Time”: For kids who tend to tap repetitively, you can lock the screen for 2, 3, 5 or 10 seconds after drawing each card. That means focus can stay on the game instead of “stimming” on the iPad screen.
  • The “Target” feature can be centered, appear at random places, or even move around the screen if you are wanting to work on “targeted touch”. When “target” is toggled off, you can tap anywhere on the screen to “draw” a card (great for kids with more severe motor impairments).

Under “Play Settings”, you can toggle on/off the background music, the card count, and sound effects and select one of four backgrounds (grey metal, orange, candy stripe and my personal fave… a calming green).

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See more about the app on the developer’s website: http://panthertechnology.com/products/panther-candy-cards/

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So for the bargain price of $8.48 I now have a version of this classic kids game that is more inclusive of kids of a wide range of abilities and needs. I plan on modifying play further when I am in a group or have parents and/or siblings present by playing as “teams” where one teammate’s job is to “draw” the card using the app and the other teammate’s job is to move the game piece. Another option in a 1-on-1 session would be for you and the child to use it as a “cooperative” game and work together as a team to move one of the game pieces to the castle.

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I am also planning on incorporating the ideas for adaptations & task analysis from the journal article “Everyone Can Play!: Adapting the Candy Land Board Game TEACHING Exceptional Children July-August 1996 28: 28-33” (yes I realize the article is 20 years old but the concepts are still valid today). I saved a PDF of the full article out on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1p1pimgnjmm52wp/Everyone%20Can%20Play%20-%20Adapting%20the%20Candy%20Land%20Board%20Game.pdf?dl=0

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{No Prep SLP Tips: Candy Land} https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/07/28/no-prep-slp-tips-candy-land/

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Additional ideas:

Check out these great Pinterest boards full of game adaptation ideas:

And lots of materials created by SLPs on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/PreK-12-Subject-Area/Speech-Therapy/Search:candy+land. I especially like this self esteem conversation prompts freebie: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Self-Esteem-Prompts-for-Candy-Land-1152578

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Oooh… just saw this fun idea to combine Candy Land + the Name That Word Game. Love finding new ways to use materials that I already own! I got my copy of that game several years ago at a back-to-school sale at a teacher supply store but saw that it’s available on Amazon.

http://millionsoffingerprints.blogspot.com/2013/05/today-in-speech-therapywe-played-candy.html

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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{AAC Tips} How SLPs can get FREE access to AAC apps, AAC app user groups, funding options & more!

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{AAC Tips} How SLPs can get FREE access to AAC apps, AAC app user groups, funding options & more!

I have seen no less than 10 posts in a variety of Facebook groups this week from SLPs asking about free lite versions of AAC apps worded in a way that it was clear that the person who posted it thought that was their only option for getting access to AAC apps to trial with patients / students. Of course any good AAC eval would also include consideration and trials of traditional SGDs. Most folks know to contact their local vendor rep to borrow a SGD (the info to find out who to contact is readily available on those companies websites) so that’s not really where the problem is. A good AAC eval should also include consideration of features uniquely available in AAC apps but folks don’t often know how to get access to those. So I felt a need to share info here to help my fellow speechies build a better equipped AAC toolbox. I guess the closer I get to retirement the more I feel compelled to share knowledge accumulated over my 26+ year career.

The problem is even if there is a free or low cost lite version of a particular AAC app, it is not the same as trialing the full featured app. How can you do a true feature-match when you don’t have all the features? Many SLPs see the prices in the App Store and assume they would have to personally purchase apps or try to get their facility or school to do so. Well unless you work in some mythical setting with unlimited funds or have a well established booming private practice, it’s unlikely that you would be able to afford very many AAC apps. Not saying they are overpriced. App developers have significant costs related to keeping robust AAC apps updated and paying licensing fees for high quality symbol sets and voices. So we shouldn’t expect these apps to be priced at the same level as other speech therapy apps or kids educational apps.

But I have good news! There is a way to get FREE access to the full version of many AAC apps but it will “cost” you some time and effort. If you’re willing to work a little, continue reading (I hope you are for the sake of the patient / students you serve).

Free access to the Tobii Dynavox Compass AAC app for SLPs: http://www.tobiidynavox.com/slp-app/. The upside is you have access to premium page sets too. The downside is it’s annoying that it only allows you to have one iPad logged on at a time. This does not lend itself well to AAC evals that may be done in a single appointment and you need to be able to trial on a full sized iPad and an iPad Mini. This would be such an easy fix Tobii Dynavox (in case you happen to read this post)… just allow 2 iPads to be logged in at a time. I’m guessing you set a limit to prevent SLPs from logging on from personal iPads for their full caseload and thus undermining the market for the paid versions of the app but a limit of 2 would be a good compromise.

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But don’t stop there. You need more than 1 tool in your AAC toolbox. If you are a SLP that frequently does AAC evals and makes purchasing recommendations, then many other AAC app developers will provide you with a free promo code for their app so you would be able to trial it with patients.

How to get codes for AAC apps: The process for doing this is a little different for each app. I always start by contacting that developer via Facebook messaging on their FB page for that app. If I don’t get a response there, then I look on their website for an e-mail address or to see if they have a formal process for requesting a copy of the app. This info can be difficult to find so dig a little. It takes some time but is well worth it. I am a SLP at a non-profit facility that does tons of AAC evals and purchasing recommendations. I have been able to get most of the main AAC apps and therefore have lots of options to trial during AAC evals. Feel pretty tech-geeky spending evenings and weekends doing this but it’s worth it to have access to lots of AAC options that then result in good AAC matches for the kids I serve.
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Here is an alphabetical list of AAC apps that I have gotten by going through this process and the way(s) I contacted those app developers. I hope I haven’t left anyone off the list. If I have, feel free to send me a message. There is not room to keep all the AAC apps loaded on my iPad at the same time so I rotate them on/off based on my patient’s needs. Most AAC apps are very large so I always suggest that SLPs get an iPad with the largest memory you can afford. Even with two 128GB iPad Airs, I am still constantly playing the “app shuffle” where I delete apps to make room to install others. I will be updating this list as I get new AAC apps:

  • aacorn (Facebook messaging)
  • AAC Genie (Facebook messaging)
  • AlphaTopics (Facebook messaging)
  • Avatalker (Facebook messaging)
  • Avaz Pro (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • BridgeBuilderAAC (Facebook messaging)
  • Click ‘n Talk & Talk’n Photos (Facebook messaging)
  • Clicker Communicator with SymbolStix & Clicker Communicator with PCS (Facebook messaging)
  • CoughDrop (the app developer contacted me)
  • Custom Boards (Facebook messaging)
  • GoTalk Now Plus (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • iESLp (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • image2talk (Facebook messaging)
  • InnerVoice (Facebook messaging)
  • LAMP Words for Life (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail. The key was to reach out to the app developers John & Cindy Holloran directly. I spent over a year with no success contacting PRC. You have to go through LAMP trainings prior to getting a code)
  • My First AAC (e-mail)
  • Niki Talk, Niki Talk + Tweet, Niki Music (adapted way to play music) & Niki Video (adapted way to play videos) (Facebook messaging)
  • PECS Phase III & PECS IV+ (e-mail – I had helped coordinate bringing a PECS workshop to our facility so that definitely helped)
  • Picture AAC (Facebook messaging)
  • Predictable, Scene & Heard & ChatAble (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • Proloquo2Go & Proloquo4Text (have to dig quite a bit to find this info on their website. E-Mail regarding their Resource Center program: support@assistiveware.com, http://www.assistiveware.com/support/faq/page/266)
  • Say Some More AAC Plus (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • SayIt! (text to speech) (Facebook messaging)
  • See Me Talk (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • So Much 2 Say (Facebook messaging)
  • Speak For Yourself (Facebook messaging)
  • Talk Tablet US (contacted this e-mail address: gusinc@me.com)
  • Tools2Talk+ (combo of Facebook messaging & e-mail)
  • Total Talk (e-mail)
  • TouchChat HD with WordPower (contacted my local Saltillo rep via e-mail. Find your rep: https://saltillo.com/reps. A word of advice… You really need the version that includes WordPower)
  • Verbal Me & Verbal Me Español (website contact form)

keys to success

The key is being persistent. If one contact method doesn’t work, then try another. Another key is building relationships on social media. I put quite a bit of time and effort into liking and sharing posts from app developers pages, announcing when they have app sales and even doing reviews and hosting giveaways for them on my blog and social media sites. Some app developers may require proof of you being a SLP (keep in mind that they may have received numerous requests for a free app from parents or AAC users). The other thing to keep in mind is that app developers only get a certain number of promo codes when they release an app or an update to that app. So if they currently don’t have codes, check back again later. Often good to ask right after an app has been released or it has been updated when they would have a fresh batch of codes.
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Despite numerous attempts, I have not yet been successful in getting access to the full versions of following AAC apps. Which means I can’t recommend them since I have no way to trial the full featured version during an AAC eval nor do I recommend them when therapists or parents ask about AAC options in the numerous Facebook groups that I participate in since I haven’t used them:

  • Snap Scene (the free lite version is cool so I have shared info about it but still can’t make purchasing recommendations for the full app)
  • Sono Flex (the free lite version has some interesting features but can’t make purchasing recommendations off that for the full app)
  • TapSpeak Choice AAC

If anyone has been successful in getting a promo code for access to the full versions any of these AAC apps, I would LOVE to hear details on how you accomplished that!
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Other AAC apps that I have and use:

  • Alexicom AAC (free. They have several other paid apps but I don’t have those)
  • BRIDGE Communication (bought it when it was on sale for $.99, it has some cool articulation pages built into it and has a Spanish option in the settings, currently priced free for a 30 day trial and then has the option to purchase through an in app purchase. They have exciting new updates in the works and should be releasing a full paid version of that app soon)
  • CanTunes (free, music choice boards, adapted means of accessing music on your iPad)
  • Choice Board Maker
  • Choice Boards
  • Communicate Easy
  • EESpeech Basic
  • Emergency Chat
  • Flip Writer AAC
  • FreeVOCA
  • GoTalk Now Lite (free, has good features for a lite app. Often recommend it as an option while we are working on getting other options in place)
  • iHear PECS: Animals (bought it, a bargain for $1.99)
  • iSpeak Button Collection (bought it, $5.99, large full screen round button (looks similar to a BigMack), swipe screen to see the next button, up to 15 buttons)
  • MenuAssist
  • PlayButton (free, https://appsto.re/us/WZ2lC.i. This FREE app is one of my faves for use as a single message VOCA. The activation area is very large (almost the entire screen). I use Guided Access to lock the “record” button to prevent accidental activations during use)
  • Quick Type AAC (bought it, a bargain for $1.99)
  • SoundingBoard (free)
  • Speak – Text to Speech
  • Spell Better – Literacy Support (includes text to speech)
  • Spuble – creating live speech bubbles (very unique voice to text app that transcribes what a person says so another person can read it on the screen)
  • TalkBoard Free
  • Talk For Me – Text to Speech
  • TapSpeak Button Plus (won it in a giveaway on PrAACtical AAC)
  • Touch Switch (bought it, $4.99, play any music downloaded onto your iPad with full screen round button. Also plays eye catching animations. Really more for “cause & effect” but thought it was worth mentioning)
  • Verbally (free)
  • Voice4u TTS
  • Whiteboard – nothing more, nothing less

There are several other AAC apps that I have gotten when they were free for a day or two. When I see one, I download it to try out before deciding if it is worth sharing on social media. There are some apps in the App Store that claim to be AAC but are so poorly designed that I chose not to post about them.
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What are my “favorite” AAC apps? I have several based on the features available in them. I know the list above looks overwhelming and I did not get these apps all at the same time. So here is some advice as to where to start in your quest to acquire AAC apps. If I had to narrow down the list to the top 8 robust AAC apps that stay loaded on my iPad all the time and have been a good match for several patients that I serve… they are (list subject to change as apps are updated with new features and other apps are released):

  • Avaz Pro
  • Clicker Communicator with PCS
  • Clicker Communicator with SymbolStix
  • GoTalk Now Plus
  • LAMP Words for Life
  • Proloquo2Go
  • Speak for Yourself
  • TouchChat HD with WordPower

I think of these as the most common tools in my AAC toolbox (like a hammer, pliers, saw, tape measure, drill, level, screwdriver & wrench are common tools at home). The rest are still very important “specialty” tools in my toolbox. They are fabulous for meeting less common and very specific needs. Think of an Alan Wrench. Not something you use very often but when you need one it is the only tool that will meet that need. And sometimes the best solution is a combination of several tools. Remember…. Good builders pick tools based on the task.
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Feature Matching: So I bet you are thinking “oh my goodness… how on earth can I learn about all the features to do a feature-match with so many options?”. The apps I have listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds. I have more great news! Jane Farrall has a fabulous website that she keeps updated with tons of info about the features in AAC apps. Check it out: http://www.janefarrall.com/aac-apps-lists/. You’ll see four links to different pages:

  • Symbol/Picture apps – These are apps that have symbol based pages but don’t make text-to-speech available to the person who uses AAC.
  • Symbol & Text Based apps – These are apps that have symbol pages and make text-to-speech available to the person who uses AAC.
  • Text Based apps – These are apps that make text-to-speech available to the person who uses AAC or that have text only communication pages.
  • Additions and Updates (http://www.janefarrall.com/aac-apps-lists/additions-and-updates/). This is an ongoing list added to each time she updates the list.

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Unfortunately the AAC Ferret app that had been so helpful in searching for apps by specific features no longer exists. Word is the app developer ran into funding issues. Even if you still have that app loaded on your iPad, it no longer works. That app truly was a fabulous tool. My hope is that maybe it will reappear one day or that someone else will develop a tool like that. In the meantime, Jane’s website and asking questions in AAC related Facebook groups are your best bet.
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Funding

Funding: We are fortunate in Oklahoma that Medicaid will consider funding an iPad with a robust AAC app in a durable case as a SGD / DME but they require us to try the full version of the app in order to do a complete feature-match, submit a video of the patient using it and extensive justification as to why that particular option us being recommended. Here in Oklahoma, we can only get funding once every 5 years for AAC (with very rare exceptions) so it’s very important to be able to get a good match for that individual’s needs. See details here: https://www.ok.gov/abletech/SoonerCare_Provider_of_Speech_Generating_Devices.html.

Another source that I’ve had good success with for funding an iPad with a robust AAC app in a durable case here in Oklahoma is the New Voices grant through Ability Connections Oklahoma: https://abilityconnectionoklahoma.org/services-2/.

If you are in Oklahoma, also check out the AAC Funding Guide (last updated in 2013): https://www.ok.gov/abletech/Publications/OK_Funding_for_AT/

This website has good info regarding potential funding sources: http://ectacenter.org/topics/atech/funding.asp

There are key times of the year that AAC apps tend to go on sale and I always share that info on my OMazing Kids Facebook page and in the AppPeeps group. Some app developers choose to do sales and others do not. When I have inquired about that, they reply that they feel their app is fairly priced given the ongoing costs related to keeping it updated and licensing fees for symbol sets and voices.

Why do many AAC apps cost so much? Drives me a little nuts when I see unkind comments regarding pricing of well designed AAC apps. Where else would we demand that something be put on sale or even worse demand that it should be free? Really?! The well designed robust AAC apps are a bargain even at full price if you stop to really think about being able to get a “voice” for a patient for a tiny fraction of the cost of traditional SGDs. It has been a game-changer and allowed many parents to be able to no longer have to wait on a SLP to be the decision maker / gatekeeper. Many parents post about “going rogue” in buying an iPad, AAC app & durable case for their child after being told they weren’t “ready” for that. News alert…. the old school mentality of there being a “hierarchy” that a child has to go through to “prove” they are “ready” for robust AAC is antiquated. Not saying that every AAC app or SGD is a good match for every child but I am saying that the days of kids with very complex needs being stuck with just a single message VOCA or a few PECS symbols have to end. See this presentation from Jane Farrall: http://www.janefarrall.com/lets-communicate-plenary-presentation-at-qaselcon16/ , this post about “What is “Beginning” AAC?“: http://www.janefarrall.com/what-is-beginning-aac/, and this powerful post on the Uncommon Sense Blog’s Facebook page: http://bit.ly/230RT5r.
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What about parents who want to try out AAC options? I highly recommend that you pursue an AAC eval with a SLP who has expertise in this area. Many larger school districts have an AAC team. But don’t feel that you have to wait if you are a parent who has been told “no” and want to proceed on your own. It may just be a little trickier to determine what the best AAC option will be for your child since most parents don’t have unlimited resources to buy several AAC apps to try. All states in the USA are supposed to have an Assistive Technology Lending Library program where parents & professionals can borrow AAC devices, iPads with AAC apps & other AT for short-term trial. It’s a great way to try various options out before making purchasing decisions. There are lots of great AAC devices and apps. It’s important to do a good feature-match and trial of options. Find the AT Lending Library in your state: http://www.ataporg.org/states.html. Also can look on: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/statewidecontacts.html. The AT Program in your state may also know of SLPs who do AAC evals and funding resources specific to your area.

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AAC user groups on facebook
Need support with using an AAC app? Most app developers have a Facebook group for that app. I highly suggest joining these groups for an incredible amount of support from the app developers as well as other parents, therapists & teachers. Every group has it’s own “culture”. Some are very open to discussing any topic. Others are pretty strict about only posting info or questions directly related to that particular app. Here is a list of the Facebook app user groups:

I have suggested to the developers of the GoTalk Now app that a group be started but so far I’ve only seen a parent led one in Swedish. I have also suggested to the developer of the new Total Talk AAC app that they start a group. He was very open to the idea so I hope to see that soon.

There are also numerous other AAC-related Facebook groups. Again each having it’s own culture and dynamic. I’m not going to list all of those here…. but if you are a SLP, I definitely suggest joining the AAC for the SLP group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1539830846285663/. Also take a look at the 21st Century AAC Practitioners group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/475548015977014/. If you see me “tag” Lauren Enders in a post or comment, it’s because I know that she has a wealth on knowledge about AAC apps, cases, mounting options, etc. You should seriously follow her on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lasenders/. I also know that she will provide an unbiased opinion and always comments in a very supportive way. You may also see me “tag” Carole Zangari from PrAACtical AAC for the same reasons. http://praacticalaac.org/

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What’s the best AAC approach? What’s the best dedicated speech generating device? What’s the best case? What’s the best ______….. Several times a week I am either asked this question or I see it posted in one of the many AAC Facebook groups I follow. Occasionally it seems to end up in a rather heated debate of ______ vs. ________. Even arguments over core vs. fringe vocabulary. For a balanced approach in use of core & fringe vocabulary, check out this fabulous post on PrAACtically AAC: http://praacticalaac.org/praactical/the-baby-the-bathwater-and-core-vocabulary/. This is counterproductive. Although there are key best practices when considering AAC options, there is not any one best AAC option (or one best therapy approach, or one best anything) when it comes to best meeting individual needs. I have added a lot of tools to my toolbox over my 26+ year career as a speech-language pathologist. There have been pivotal moments where new tools were added that forever changed my perspective. Although shiny new tools may be exciting they did not replace the old tried & true tools. The exciting thing about tools is that you can use them together to build & repair. Would it make sense to ask “What’s better…. a hammer or a drill? a saw or a tape measure? a wrench or a flashlight? Of course not. Each tool has it’s specific purpose. You select the tool based on what job you need to accomplish.
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Have questions? The quickest and most reliable way to reach me is via Facebook messaging on my OMazing Kids page. Thank goodness it seems to be immune from spammers unlike my e-mail.
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Are you an AAC app developer? I’d be more than glad to help beta test your app and then post about it when it is released for sale. I don’t charge a fee. Just would need a free promo code for the full version of that AAC app so I can add it to my toolbox. I never post about apps that I haven’t tried out first. Oh and a word of advice to app developers… state run facilities and schools have difficulty with in-app purchases or subscription-based apps as do potential funding sources such as Medicaid or insurance companies. So you will have a wider audience if you also offer a full paid version of your AAC app.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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