Finding Apps for Special Needs

Finding suitable apps can be a timely process much less really knowing what their capabilities are. How do you find them? Knowing trusted websites that regularly review apps is invaluable.  A few of my favorites are listed below. The sites review the apps and some provide a video review of the apps to really experience app features prior to buying. Finding “lite” versions of apps which are typically free is also helpful to evaluate an app.

Here are a few of my favorite websites I peruse to find recommended apps:

a4cwsn – Apps for Children with Special Needs does an awesome job of reviewing apps, categorizing them and providing a video overview of their features. Well worth the visit. I find great apps for my students and get an almost hands on review of the app.

momswithapps.com – I found Apps for Children with Special needs from this website Moms with apps. A great site for reviews of apps for general education, creativity, reading, families, special needs and more. It also provides links to other educational websites.  Well worth the visit.

Jeremy Brown’s App Recommendations for Students with Autism – Jeremy Brown’s recommendations are not only appropriate for students with Autism but for a wide variety of special needs students. Listed by category, you will find apps for many needs.

iPads in Special Education – This is an extensive categorized list of apps for special education. Worth checking out.

iNov8 – There’s a Special App for That series covers apps in categories such as providing autonomy, literacy instruction, communication, learning disabilities, fine motor, organization, mind mapping and social skills with screen shots, reviews and other helpful information. Well organized, checking out the new series being posted is informative and resourceful. Highly recommended.

Another resource that has been updated as of 4/11 is Pacer Center’s There’s an App for That: iPad/iPod 101 with resources for apps as well as peripheral equipment and set up for iDevices. Great updated resource if you are starting use of an iDevice.

Of course I frequently peruse the free apps posted daily on Freeappsalert!

Happy app hunting!

OTs with Apps

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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