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iPad Apps for Autistic Students

iPad Apps for Autistic Students
Apps on portable devices such as the Apple iPad can help non-verbal children to communicate basic needs. Intuitive apps that employ colorful images and sounds can also hold a child's attention long enough to learn and offer effective tools to build vocabulary and reinforce word knowledge. The following iPad apps are designed to augment self-expression among children with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive impairments. Becoming more comfortable with language may also encourage more safe social interaction among family members and classmates. 1. Autism Xpress Apple iTunes Store Autism Xpress is a free app that encourages people with autism to recognize and express emotions. 2. Grace is a picture exchange system designed to encourage independent social interaction among people with autism. 3. iConverse iConverse is designed for children with autistic and other communicative disabilities who have not yet mastered basic speech. 4. 5.

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Response to Intervention in Primary Grade Reading By: What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education (2011) This visual diagram illustrates three essential practices (universal screening, progress monitoring and differentiation, and systematic skill instruction) based on the recommendations in the Practice Guide. Use this diagram to compare the recommended practices for implementing a Response to Intervention system in reading with the way your school or district provides services to students who are at risk for reading difficulties.Download diagram > (577K PDF) Screen all students for potential reading problems in the beginning and middle of the year. Preposition Builder Preposition Builder, by Mobile Education Store, is another feather in Kyle Tomson’s hat! This dedicated dad has been developing solid speech & language apps for quite some time and Preposition Builder moved him into the mainstream. This app is a wonderful learning tool for all kids at some point in their development. We found this app especially helpful with ESL students, of all ages. During play, the student is presented with an image and must drag a preposition to complete a sentence about the image.

Hands On Letters and Numbers with Doodle Buddy When I first began learning to write my letters and numbers, I must have gone through an entire tree worth of paper as I practiced tracing and then writing them on my own. Now, with your iPad your students can practice their letters, numbers, spelling and handwriting while leaving a forest of trees intact. Here’s how I would approach this apptivity: Safari 1. Vocabulary iCues: Trading Cards I have been a huge fan of Read Write Think’s interactives for some time. Naturally, I was ecstatic when they started releasing app versions of them. One of my favorites is the FREE Trading Card app.

The Mac-cessibility Network – News [Lioncourt.com] As is our custom at Mac-cessibility, we won’t be covering the more general enhancements and additions to the iOS operating system which powers Apple’s mobile devices in this review. While some of the new features will certainly be relevant to our discussion, we’re going to be primarily focussing on what’s new in terms of accessibility, especially where regards VoiceOver. A Note on Timing A few people have asked us why we waited so long to publish our review of iOS 5 and the new features found in VoiceOver. The fact is that any users publishing reviews, blogs, and additional information on iOS 5 and the new VoiceOver features prior to 12/October/2011, beyond that which Apple has specifically released, are doing so in violation of Apple’s Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which they had to accept before gaining access to the software.

Best iPad Apps for Special Education Educational apps can lead to significant academic and social growth in special needs students. Built in features on the iPad, like the text-to-speech and highlighting functionalities along side differentiated content apps can accommodate a variety of IEPs and provide students with greater access to academic and social settings. While educational apps can assist teachers in fostering academic and social success in their special needs students, the success of iPad initiatives is dependent upon the quality of the apps being used. The best iPad apps align with students’ learning needs, increase student engagement and focus, and provide clear feedback on student work. Apps should be free of risk factors like advertisements and social media and intuitive enough that students are able to work independently.

iPod Touch/iPhone App Round Up for Users with Significant Disabilities and Those who Teach Them Updated June 19, 2010 Please note YGWYPF notation means "You get what you pay for!"T&T means the blog author uses this applicationBIC is Best in Category, based only on the authors impression, no other criteria are in play * means that the app has been used by the author 7 Must Have App and Tools for Students With Learning Disabilities Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities. Finding the right app is important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important. Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence.

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