Complete Guide to educational and special needs apps, complete list at One Place for Special Needs Complete guide to educational and special needs apps With over 300,000 apps it's easy to become overwhelmed by the number of app choices. It's also easy to spend a small fortune on a lot of useless apps. As a special needs parent I wanted to get right to the "good stuff" and figured you did too. Check out our guide that breaks down the best of the apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child. Great for kids with autism, ADHD, apraxia, learning disability, sensory issues and more. by Dawn Villarreal, One Place for Special Needs Android apps (all) Android does not have the nice interface of iTunes for viewing apps on the Internet as opposed to your device. Aphasia appsApps specific to those with aphasia Apraxia appsApps specific to those with Childhood Apraxia of Speech Articulation appsApps that focus on articulation. Auditory memory apps Auditory memory is the ability to remember what you heard. Autism appsApps specific to those on the autism spectrum
SpedApps2 - home 7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special-Needs Students Recently, a former music teacher told me about a 1st grade student with Asperger’s syndrome who, on their first encounter, announced in no uncertain terms: “I hate music!” Over the next two years, the student used abusive language, had meltdowns, and was physically aggressive toward his peers. Finally, the teacher scheduled some individual time with him and discovered that he believed he was terrible at music and couldn’t sing. She let him play some of the instruments in her room and then showed him the music composition software program GarageBand on her Mac. It turned out that he was fascinated with computers and quickly figured out how to compose a song. The next week, the teacher shared his song with the class and from that time on things began to change. As a former special education teacher, I can’t count the number of times my students would come up to me and say, “Mr. • Discover your students’ strengths. • Provide positive role models with disabilities.
All About Apps for (Special) Education I keep finding more and more excellent resources around using iPads, iPods and Apps in (Special) education and wanted to share some of my favourite links with you. The first comes from the great Victorian Government site called Ipads for Education . There are a number of resources in the support section, including the handout ‘iPads in Special Education’ . Another good resource is a handout from Bridget Gilormini at the Simon Technology Center . ‘ covers resources for finding App reviews, accessories and blogs which provide information about Apps. Another resource, which I was very excited to find, is a series of excellent handouts by the people at inov8 Educational Consulting . “. And if you want further information about how apps work – you can’t go past the collection of over 185 videos at “Apps for Children with Special Needs “. And finally, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center
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The Special Needs iPad & App Series click on the image to view full graphic (source: Mashable.com) In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped. When the iPad was launched there was a lot of talk of what exactly it would be used for. Movies, games, school work and social networking where all mentioned as possibilities. One year later dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities. To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In this series we will try and provide guidance and resources that will make it easier for those looking for more information about the iPad, new apps and special education. App Series articles will run twice a week for five weeks and will include: We hope you find this series helpful and informative.
classroom environments: Creating Community Creating Community in Our Rooms We began the year by developing community of learners. We started with our Morning Meeting time. Job Boards Our Job Boards allow the children to take part in every aspect of our classroom. We try to use things in our classroom that are more homelike and durable, Just like the frames we use we had a resource for old bi-fold closet doors. We use the shutters in between our rooms with the hooks and shutters for a room management tool. Daily Schedule We also have the children help with the daily schedule. Child Portfolios, Mailboxes, Class to Home Communication The children also are involved in their portfolios. Daily Reporter We work with 3-5 year old.
My Top 10 FREE apps for ASD kids | Small But Kinda Mighty Gingerheaddad recently asked me to come up with a list of the Top 10 free apps that I would recommend for autistic kids. I said sure, but I also decided to give myself a real challenge with respect to this, so the following criteria apply to ALL of these apps: They are free on an ongoing basis. Only an app’s developer can control the pricing of apps so I could wake up tomorrow and find you now have to pay for them but, they were all listed as free in the Canadian iTunes store at the time this blog post was published and for some time prior.No in-app purchases.No ads.No ‘Lite’ versions of paid apps.All approved by me and used by at least one of my children. When most people think of apps for autistic children they usually think of AAC or apps that help with transitions and scheduling and that’s with good reason; these apps are important and useful tools. So, without further ado, here’s my list: DialSafe Pro. Little Writer. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim. Using I and Me. Rocket Speller.
For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play Brooklyn Fisher rolls down the ramp on the playground named for her in Pocatello, Idaho. The playground was built using accessible features so children of all abilities could play alongside each other. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption toggle caption John W. Brooklyn Fisher rolls down the ramp on the playground named for her in Pocatello, Idaho. John W. Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. But for kids whose disabilities keep them from using playgrounds, those opportunities can be lost. New federal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act are changing the landscape for public playgrounds, requiring them to include equipment, materials and designs that provide children with disabilities the same play opportunities as typical children. But as NPR sought to explore the effects of the new rules, it found that parents and advocates are making the real difference — not the federal government. An Inspiring Moment
Children have Special Rights | The Centre Online Today Debbie Creed from ISQ spoke to the staff about Inclusion standards. As she spoke I recalled when a few years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Reggio Emilia Conference in Adelaide called the Landscape of Rights. It was a seminal event in Australia in terms of the way in which the speakers from Reggio Emilia spoke about their way of seeing disability, inclusion and rights. Rather than speak of children with a disability as having special needs they spoke of children having special rights. However the concept of children with special rights is grounded far more deeply in the psyche of Reggio Emilia than a trendy new way of looking at disability and inclusion. The idea of rights of children is a challenging one for Australian educators. In the centre of the main square of Reggio Emilia stands a stunningly powerful monument dedicated to the patriots, men and women alike, who fought for freedom from the Fascists during and after WWII.
International Perspectives on Inclusion and Labels for Children with Disabilities | VandyWorld This post has been contributed by Natalie. What is the media saying about children with special needs? Please read her summary and respond to the questions to contribute to discussion. Thank you and enjoy! Children with Special Rights in Reggio Emilia, Italy For the past seven years, I have been teaching in schools in Massachusetts and California that take great inspiration from the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio-Emilia. For this post, I have uploaded an article titled “The Inclusive Community” by Ivana Soncini, taken from the book, The Hundred Languages of Children by Lella Gandini, Carolyn Edwards, and George Forman. According to Italian National Law (1977) children with disabilities are entitled to an inclusive education. Soncini writes: Questions for Discussion: 1.