How to Choose an App

Rehab2Go shares some good reminders of how to find apps and what to look for. A few websites that provide wonderful curated app lists or search engine include:

  • Bridging apps – a search engine for apps related to individuals with disabilities.
  • KinderTown – The educational app store and website that reviews and lists apps for 3-6 year olds. Their website and blog provides wonderful, practical suggestions age appropriate activities and apps to support hands on activities for the young learner. A KinderTown App is available for free.
  • The Friendship Circle searchable data base of app for individuals with special needs. Lists both iOS and Android apps .
  • AppAdvice website and app (1.99) provides reviews on universal apps under a wide variety of categories for everyone. This is a great place to find productivity, reference, note taking app reviews.
  • Apps for Children with Special Needs – This site provides written and video reviews of app for children and students.
  • Apps for Dyslexia and Learning Disability – Extensive list of apps for individuals with dyslexia and LD.
  • Autism Apps listing from Autism Speaks – An app and web-based curated listing of apps for individuals with autism. Apps are categorized by subjects and easily searchable. A free Autism App is available.

A good review of how to choose an app and a short list of good app review websites!



I do presentations on mobile technology a few times a year, and give out a general handout for clients and therapists on “How to Choose an App.”  The tips include the following:

  • Keep it Simple – Start with the apps that come with the device.
  • Word of mouth – What do your friends/colleagues use? What do they like about it? See if you can try their app.
  • Official app stores – Stay with known providers (Eg. iTunes, Google Play, WindowsPhone or Blackberry World). When you download an app from an unknown website, you risk downloading an app with a virus.
  • Reviews on apps
    • Read reviews on iTunes, Google Play, WindowsPhone or Blackberry World – be cautious of overly praised (100% 5 star ratings) as “real” reviews will have a mixed rating
    • Googlesearch for review of the app – include search words such as “best” or “favorite”
    • You-Tubesearch to…

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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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