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.

Proloquo2Go
Proloquo2Go

AAC software with high quality speech output. The vocabulary includes over 7000 items. Includes text-to-speech. Cost is $189.99

Social Skill Builder
Social Skill Builder

This app teaches appropriate interactions using videos of common social situations and follow-up questions about them. Correct answers are rewarded with cute animated animals. The Lite version (cost $2.99) contains one module of videos and questions each for the My School Day (ages 5-12) , Preschool Playtime, School Rules!(middle-high school) and My Community (AGE 5-15) titles. Additional modules can be purchased for $1.99 each.
The new Social Skill Builder Full App, $12.90 contains more modules based in both the classroom and the playground.

Conversations
Conversations

This app that can be conveniently downloaded on to your phone or iPad, gives you a list of conversation starters for a range of situations such as making conversation at a party, in a line, at work, guy-girl, etc. You can prime yourself or your student before they enter these situations or have them use it on their phone at the moment it is needed.
Conversations starters would be most appropriate for older student, high functioning students.

Take Turn Timer
Take Turn Timer

This is a great app for elementary or younger students who are learning to take turns with an activity or object. It allows you to personalize a timer, adding students’ names and pictures and setting a time limit of 1-5 minutes. When the time is up, you can choose from a number of sounds to mark the change. Cost is $.99.

iTake Turns
iTake Turns

This is another app to support teaching turntaking to younger children. It consists of two picture cards---one that depicts “your turn” and one that depicts “my turn”. When either card is pressed a voice reads the words on it. A male or a female voice can be chosen. Cost for this app is $1.99