Guest Post by Heather Smith
We download apps all the time. We play games, we get directions places, we have an app for, well, everything! We even have apps for our kids to simulate playing games while actually sneaking in a little education, and they’re none the wiser so everyone is happy. However one thing we may not think about is that there are also a lot of the apps that are available for special needs children.
You can download this app for free and has been rated the #4 free education app in the U.S. The app is easily customizable for any parents or teachers trying to teach special education children and uses picture cards to help teach kids, specifically kids with autism and other special needs, various words and concepts.
Free to download - Contain in-App Purchase
This helpful app combines three different variations that teach kids different aspects of learning: letter sounds, letter writing, and 170 different first words. The letter sounds is designed to teach kids how certain letters sound, leading to helping kids learn how to read. The letter writing teaches kids how to write each letter by showing them how to do it and then lets them trace those letters with their fingers. The section with 170 different first words teaches kids how to sound out and spell common words.
Designed for children who have speech sound delays, this app helps them to learn how to articulate words by using flash cards and sounds to teach kids how different letter combinations that are typically trouble combinations (such as “th”) sound. It is designed to help kids learn how different words sound by teaching them the trouble combinations alone and then together with common words.
This app geared at children with autism helps kids by playing classical music while also teaching them to pick out the picture of the answer that corresponds with a question being asked. For instance it could ask something like, “What do you use to brush your teeth?” and then show pictures of a horse, a toothbrush, a ball, and a television. Visual learning is used to help children learn and to reinforce healthy habits.
iComm was designed to help children who have difficulty communicating do so more easily by communicating with their parents and others through pictures and words. The app allows you to upload your own photos so that things are more easily recognizable by your children and is great for helping children learn various facets of communication and different shapes, words, etc.
Lite version free - Full version availabe via in-app purchase
These are just a few of the apps that are available for children with special needs and are perfect for helping them learn and communicate with more ease.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.