Are you confused?
Are you wondering what apps might be right for your student or your child? These apps have been vetted by our consultants and considered to be useful for some students. They are all low cost or free. Some of them have demonstration sites or lite versions that allow you to try them out to see if they will work with your student before purchasing.

In selecting an app to use with a student, it is important to consider how the app will be used. Careful planning will help to avoid long, unproductive time spent on the iPad.

Consider the following in making your choice:

  • What IEP goals will the app support?
  • How do you intend to use the app? To increase engagement in a work task? To reinforce task completion? To draw in peers?
  • How much time do you want the student to spend with the app? How will you regulate that?
  • How will you help the student to generalize the skill learned on the iPad to real world environments?

Used appropriately, apps can make great tools for teaching our students with ASD.

Epic!- Unlimited Books for Kids
Epic!- Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic!’s award-winning service includes a wide variety of high-quality books and learning videos from leading publishers like Scholastic, National Geographic, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sesame Street, Smithsonian and many more. With over 25,000 books and learning videos available now and many more titles added each week, Epic! has been called the “Netflix of kids' books” – it's an unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!

ConversationBuilder

ConversationBuilder™ (Pat. Pend.) is designed to help elementary-aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.

The auditory pattern of conversation is presented in a visual format to help students recognize and master the flow of conversation. Students will learn when it is appropriate to introduce themselves, ask questions, make observations and change the subject of the conversation.

Being able to converse with peers is the cornerstone of developing relationships, and ConversationBuilder™ promotes development of this skill that so many elementary aged children struggle with in a fun and engaging way.

GoNoodle Kids
GoNoodle Kids

GoNoodle Kids is the only app that gets kids MOVING along with crazy cool songs like Kitty High Five, Pop See Ko, Don’t Read Like a Robot, and so many more GoNoodle favs! Plus, GoNoodle Kids has simple mindfulness and yoga activities to help kids chill out, dude.

Perfect for movement breaks in the classroom or home.

Grammaropolis
Grammaropolis

This app blends character-based content with traditional quiz-based assessment and is designed to address students' varied learning styles. Because the parts of speech are personified based on their roles in the sentence, the characterization provides students with a more effective way to visualize and internalize the roles of the parts of speech and to identify how a sentence is put together.

30/30
30/30

You set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task. The task list is controlled with gestures.Features include multiple lists, syncing over iCloud, and smart time functions.
The display shows:
- What am I supposed to be doing right now?
- How much time do I have left to do it?

Jungle Fractions
Jungle Fractions

Jungle Fractions is an engaging, easy to use educational app that teaches kids fractions in multiple languages. For iPad only.

Engaging
● Multi-lingual talking app
● Animal faces smile and roar in a fun jungle theme
● Unlimited fresh problems every time
● Multiple levels for beginner to advanced learners

Easy to Use
● Beautiful, easy to read graphics and fraction pies
● Visual pies simplify fraction concepts
● Switch languages easily within the app

Educational
● Tutorials for beginners
● Name, compare, add and multiply fractions visually
● Convert fractions between improper and mixed format
● Score tracks progress
● Multi-user support
● Show history of problems

Between the Lines
Between the Lines

Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development presents a ground-breaking iPad app designed for upper elementary students and older who would benefit from practice interpreting vocal intonation, facial expressions, perspective-taking, body language, and idiomatic or slang expressions. Using real photographs, voices and short mini-video clips of a variety of social situations and expressions, this app provides a dynamic way to help learn and practice interpreting messages that are “between the lines” and simply can’t be replicated with worksheets and static flashcards.
There are three activities in this app:

1. Listening: The user hears a voice speak a sentence, e.g., “Ewww!” A question is then asked, “Who said it?” The user is shown a series of photographs. Depending upon the settings selected, there can be 2, 3 or 4 choices shown. The user touches the correct facial expression that matches the voice.

2. Body Language: A very short video-clip is shown that depicts an interaction or situation. For example, a family is shown at a restaurant. A friend walks up and says, “Hey, did you hear the news about Mr. Becker?” (smiling) The camera closes in on this woman and the narrator says, “What is she thinking?” The user’s task is to look at the choices of responses and select the one that matches the facial expression/body language.

3. Expressions: A very short video-clip is shown that depicts an actor speaking a sentence that contains an idiomatic or slang expression, e.g., “She’s kind of nosy.’” The user is then asked, “What does that mean?” Slang expressions that might be considered offensive ("that movie sucks") are included in a separate setting within the Activities tab. This is a new feature! They are not included in the default setting unless specifically selected.

It is available in a Lite and fully-featured app which is currently $21.99.
For a demo, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRy4QF1E1Y8

Autism DTT Pro
Autism DTT Pro

Dr. Gary Browns Autism/DTT App uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help learn the children learn skills such as colours, letters, numbers, shapes, animals, time, and people. DTT is the primary teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach numerous pre-academic and social skills to children with autism. This app can be used to help teach key skills to children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task
DTT Pro is a Discrete Trial Training app designed with the needs of schools and clinics in mind. DTT Pro includes all of our DTT Apps in one place, allows you to track multiple students, and allows you to view graphs, charts and logs of your students progress.

Headspace
Headspace

Headspace provides guided meditations for individuals of all ages. Meditation practice teaches you to bring your attention to the internal and external experiences of the present moment with a neutral, non-judgemental attitude. This practice can help students decrease feelings of stress, improve relationships with others, and be more productive at school. Headspace includes a variety of series (e.g., health, relationships, performance) for adolescents and young adults, as well as shorter meditations for younger children (ages 5 to 12).

Mindshift
Mindshift

MindShift is an app created by AnxietyBC specifically for adolescents or young adults. The app uses a cognitive-behavioural approach to help individuals cope with feelings of anxiety. The app guides you in challenging anxious thoughts and feelings and developing strategies to face ongoing anxiety. Relaxation strategies are also included.

Some specific areas MindShift addresses include worry, social anxiety, test anxiety, and sleep. Many adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder also cope with feelings of anxiety. This app provides an accessible way that students can learn to manage their own anxiety.