There are a LOT of apps for the iPad. A LOT. It can be quite a job to sift through the apps that are just for fun, much less evaluate the educational apps for children with special needs.This post will include a short summary and my best attempt to rate the apps we’ve come across. Although I always have Case in mind (since this is his iPad), we have two other children who test many of these apps as well, so at least for us, these ratings are applicable across the board.
Sources for the list. When Case got his original iPad from the school system, they had already loaded many different speech therapy, educational, and “reward” apps (those apps that are just fun that the child gets to do intermittently between educational apps to reward them for their work). When we began the process of thinking about Case having an iPad 2 that would allow us to change the apps, add Netflix and Skype for traveling with the trial, and basically tailor it to his ever changing needs, I started collecting lists of educational apps and special needs apps, comparing them, discarding some, and finding the ones we preferred. Add to that some recommendations from friends (some of whom are in special education), some free apps I’ve tested, and other non-kid apps that are helpful when you have a child with special needs (or sometimes, any child at all).
My 99. With that being said, below is our list of apps with commentary and our perspective about their usefulness for kids like Case, as well as ratings of 1 – 5 stars. You can (1) click on the name of the app for a link to the iTunes Preview, (2) choose to view the entire list of 99 apps, (3) sort the list by any heading description, (4) search the list, or (5) download the list.
NOTE: Case’s favorite apps are highlighted in red.
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