Sensory Apps

Are you familiar with the Autism Apps App –  a comprehensive list of apps used with and by people diagnosed with autism or other special needs?

Autism Apps is a free app with over 30 categories of curated apps providing information and links to reviews, videos and purchase of them. One of the categories listed in the Autism App is “Sensory”, providing suggestions of apps with visuals and auditory effects. Some of our favorite sensory apps our students have been used for a while that are listed are:

Here are new apps, unfamiliar to me that are listed in the “Sensory” category in the Autism App:

Falling Stars – This free iPad/iPhone app (created by Trident Gum) provides interesting visual and sound effects that are manipulated by the user. It has numerous choices and dynamics that may required a bit of problem solving by the use to achieve what might be interesting or pleasant sound and visual effects. Here are some clips of the app and a video demonstration to help understand the dynamics of the app:

 Dropophone app –  This free iPhone/iPad app creates minimalist melodies. Based on Lullatone’s album “Little Songs About Raindrops,” Dropophone allows you to make songs that sound like drips and drops falling on a tiny orchestra of instruments. Pressing the multi-colored raindrops triggers notes that loop every six seconds. Combine different colored drops and notes to compose your own rainy-day melodic backdrops. A metronome is also included to help you keep time.

These two reviewed sensory apps  require a more problem solving and manipulation than some of the other apps initially listed, but are some interesting additions for students needing variety in their choices of sensory apps.

Other sensory apps our students frquently use are:

I especially see students using Fluid app which provides sound of water and the visual of water running over stone. Simple but it provides some sensory effect that is appealing to them!

Sensory apps for your OT iTool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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