Customizable Apps

Customizable apps

Customizing apps seem to be essential when using mobile devices to support  special needs individuals whether in the community or in the classroom. Prior app reviews have listed many app that provide options for individual needs, situations or curriculum tasks. I would guess that most of us have our own set of apps that are customizable to meet the unique needs of individuals serviced for special education, community or occupational therapy settings.  These apps are often the staples of our mobile tool kits used to service individuals with disabilities in a variety of environments.

Judi Sweeney, educator and AT specialist has for years provided low to high tech AT solutions for individuals with special needs. Her website Onion Mountain Tech is a frequent resource for a wide variety of educational AT supports, AT materials and equipment and instructions of educational modifications. Judi provides a wealth of information on her website as well as in her workshops in modifying materials for special needs.

Currently, Onion Mountain Tech has a link Apps You Can Customize , featuring over 50 apps providing customization of curriculum concepts, visual communication, communication, productivity, accessibility, time management, written expression, functional life skills, social and behavioral management and many more topics that would support individuals with special needs. Name of app, developer and cost is provided. Here are just a few familiar apps  included in Judi Sweeney’s  customizable app list:

 Abilipad Abilipad – Customizable keyboard and writing environment with word prediction, text to speech 19.99
Answer yes no icon Answers: Yes No HD – Create yes no boards 3.99
Autismate icon Autismate – Context based AAC app. 49.99
Book Creator for iPad icon Book Creator – Create books with images, text, audio and video 4.99
 First Then First Then Visual Schedule – Visual Schedule app with First then presentation 9.99
Functional Planning System icon Functional Planning System – To do lists, plan events in calendar and planning system. 4.99
iPrompts icon  iPrompts XL – Visual schedule system 39.99
Little speller  Little Speller – Three Letters – Make words presented with 3 letters. Make your own. .99
Making Sequences icon  Making Sequences – Create activities requiring sequencing activities or stories 2.99
Photo Tel icon  PhotoTell – Make photo albums with recordings 9.99
 Pictello icon Pictello – Storytelling, social story app adaptable for many purposes 18.99
Story kit icon  Story Kit – Basic storytelling app Free
Touch and Learn icon  Touch and Learn Emotions – Features many real pictures of emotions of wide range of ages of people. Free
Visual impact pro icon  Visual Impact Pro – Create visual sequences with pictures, audio and text for task guides. 49.99
Write My Name icon  Write My Name – Letter writing practice. Features ability to create customized name writing practice 3.99
Note: Prices listed may change.

Check out her app list and also take some time to peruse all of the resources available on her website! More lists of customizable apps to come!

What are your favorite customizable apps?

More for your OT mTool 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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4 Responses to Customizable Apps

  1. Lisa says:

    Wordslapp and My Choice Boards are 2 great customizable apps.

  2. Dana Cappel, OT says:

    Great Post…much needed…thanks!

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