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, AdEd, OTR/L, 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 and work environments. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education and home environments. Currently a graduate student in the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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