There are 17 apps in Early learning (children with a disability)


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Alphabet Tracing

Alphabet Tracing
developed by Oncilla Technologies Inc, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Displays letters of the alphabet, words and numbers which children (including those with learning disabilities) can trace over, to help in learning to write.

"Another alphabet learning app that is easy for very young children to use, but has the same limited options common in these learning and tracing apps." Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR), Canada | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Disability

Behavior Tracker Pro

Behavior Tracker Pro
developed by Marz Consulting Inc/Data Makes the Difference LLC, USA


Trackers

English / German

Cost: £22.99 [approximately €32.49, $35.36]

Allows carers, healthcare professionals, parents, and teachers to track the behaviour patterns of children, and to present them in graph form.

"Available in the Education and Utilities sections in iTunes. Just search for the word Autism or Behavior Tracker Pro. Behavior Tracker Pro is an iPhone/Ipod Touch app that allows Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), behavioral therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and graph them. The app was designed to support the behavioral treatment plans for children with autism. However, it can be used to track behavior in any field." Autism Society of Minnesota, USA | http://bit.ly/15A6bgx


Tags: Disability

Grace - Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People

Grace - Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People
developed by High Caffeine Content, Ireland


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £22.99 [approximately €33.12, $35.90]

Non-speaking, simple, picture-exchange system that can allow people with autism to express their needs independently.

“Simple to use, and useful for those with autism. But you cannot create own categories. [Editor: Note that the app's latest update may have solved this deficiency.] ” Group specialising in carers, family and friends, UK | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

iAdvocate

iAdvocate
developed by Alan Foley, School of Education, Syracuse University, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Instructs parents on how to liaise with schools and educational facilities, with the aim of ensuring that a child's needs are met.

"iAdvocate can provide immediate and specific responses during a CSE meeting when officials try to deny access to services. For example, during a district meeting when the school states "the academic gap is too large for your child to be educated in a general educational setting", the app gives a specific response, such as "according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), discrepancy in cognitive level cannot be the sole determining factor in placement”." Down Syndrome Association Hudson Valley, USA | http://bit.ly/1bbvasK


Tags: Disability

iPrompts

iPrompts
developed by Handhold Adaptive LLC, USA


RemindersImproving communication

English

Cost: Android: £6.43 [approximately €9.06, $9.71], Apple: £39.99 [approximately €56.36, $62.01]

Utilises illustrations to give instructions or to ask questions, allowing a carer to converse more easily with people who have communicational difficulties.

"iPrompts is a mobile, visual support aid for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app provides several picture-based prompting tools (no voice output) for caregivers to help individuals transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, and focus on the task at hand." Autism Society of Illinois (ASI), USA | http://bit.ly/15aRjaN


Tags: Disability

My Friend Isabelle

My Friend Isabelle
developed by Take 2 Ventures LLC/PicPocket Books LLC, USA


Information

English

Cost: £1.49 [approximately €2.11, $2.31]

Illustrated story that can be used to encourage development of early reading skills in children.

Recommended by the Vermont Family Network (VFN), USA Vermont Family Network (VFN), USA | Source is no longer available


Tags: Disability

Pictello

Pictello
developed by AssistiveWare


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsRemindersImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

Dutch / English / French / German / Spanish / Turkish

Cost: £12.82 [approximately €18.12, $19.99]
Simple method for non-speaking people of all ages to create visual, talking stories.
“Parents need to know that Pictello provides an easy way to create ‘social stories’ from the images and videos in your device’s photo library. Simply decide on a story topic with your child, and choose the ‘Wizard’ or the ‘Expert’ to guide you through the process. Know that your photo books can be shared through iTunes, Dropbox, or Pictello’s universal server. You’ll need to provide an email to join Pictello, but other users can only download your photo books if you give them a code. Kids can learn how to create stories that are relevant to their lives with Pictello. For example, they can express their likes and dislikes, communicate with others, and learn routines. What’s nice is that these stories are, by nature, very specific, and tailored to kids’ lives. If your child is having trouble transitioning back to school, or greeting adults, for instance, Pictello can be useful. In addition to self-expression, kids can learn a bit about the art of storytelling.” Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media—Advocating for Kids, USA | http://bit.ly/1hWXSUD


Tags: Disability

Proloquo4Text

Proloquo4Text
developed by AssistiveWare BV


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

Danish / Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Norwegian / Spanish / Swedish

Cost: £89.99 [approximately €127.22, $140.33]
Text-oriented alternative communication tool for people who are literate but have difficulty speaking.
“This is Proloquo4Text, an augmentative-and-alternative communication (AAC) program for Apple devices. It does only text, unlike Proloquo2Go, and stays on a single page. It has word prediction, sentence prediction, and a side panel of pre-written words and sentences. It’s cheaper than Proloquo2Go. You might be interested in this if you need AAC with good word prediction and high-quality voices, but not have to pay for picture symbols you’re never going to use. The colours and fonts are customisable. I’m using it for my word-based communication, and Proloquo2Go for my picture-based communication, because it has always been hard for me to switch between picture and word modes on Proloquo2Go (a cognitive problem, not a fault of the program).” Social Skills for Autonomous People blog, USA | http://bit.ly/1j64pfN


Tags: Disability

See and Learn Saying More Words

See and Learn Saying More Words
developed by Down Syndrome Education Enterprises CIC


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Android: £12.49 [approximately € 17.94, $19.49], Apple: £13.99 [approximately €20.09, $22.84], Windows: £15.39 [approximately €22.11, $24.03]
Aimed at helping children with Down syndrome improve their speech development.
“ ‘See and Learn’ makes it easy to support children with Down syndrome at home, in individual and group-therapy settings, and in the classroom. See and Learn offers activities designed to promote the development of language, reading, speech, memory and number skills. See and Learn is a range of resources to support learning for children with Down syndrome. See and Learn is developed and published by Down Syndrome Education International–a world-renowned leader in providing evidence-based information about the education and development of children and young people with Down syndrome. See and Learn uses structured activities that make full use of the children’s strengths as visual learners to help them learn more successfully.” Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group (HDSSG), UK | http://bit.ly/1FuENBK


Tags: Disability

Shifting Perspectives

Shifting Perspectives
developed by Bright Machine, UK


Information

English

Cost: Free

A collection of the work of 12 photographers who have a connection with Down’s syndrome, and a photographic representation of people with Down’s syndrome.

“The ‘Shifting Perspectives’ photography team continues to break down pre-conceived ideas about people with Down’s syndrome, highlighting the individuality of every person with Down’s syndrome, challenging attitudes and prejudices, and examining alternative representations of both adults and children. The new app showcases all the work produced by the ‘Shifting Perspectives’ team since its inception in 2003. The app makes this important body of work available to an even-wider global audience.” Down's Syndrome Association, UK | http://bit.ly/RDgJGL


Tags: Disability

Skill Tracker Pro

Skill Tracker Pro
developed by Marz Consulting Inc/Data Makes the Difference LLC, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesTrackers

English / German

Cost: £22.99 [approximately €32.49, $35.36]

Automates applied behavior-analysis instruction.

"Skill Tracker Pro for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad automates ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) instruction for children with Autism. Allows unlimited clients and observers, optional video capture, and charting/export of all data." ADAPT4Autism, USA | http://bit.ly/12L3v1H


Tags: Disability

SmallTalk Intensive Care

SmallTalk Intensive Care
developed by Lingraphicare America Inc, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Provides a list of phrases and images with which patients can communicate to medical professionals some of their needs and feelings (such as "I have chest pain", or "I want a doctor").

“An app to help patients with speaking difficulties (whether because of an impairment, or because of an operation) express their needs to medical-care providers in the intensive care unit (ICU). Users choose from picture-based vocabulary to ‘speak’ phrases like, “I am in pain,” or “I want to be comforted.” The pictures that match the words make this app useful for non-English speakers as well. Reviewers found the app useful for the ICU, though one user said that the interface “was not great.” The pictures are self-explanatory, and make the app a convenient tool for non-native-English speakers.” Central Coast Children Foundation, USA | http://bit.ly/MX4p1l


Tags: Disability

Special Stories

Special Stories
developed by Special iApps, UK


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Catalan / Croatian / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Italian / Norwegian / Spanish / Turkish

Cost: £9.99 [approximately €14.10, $15.73]

Supports early learning for children with Down’s syndrome.

“Our ‘See and Learn’ programmes are evidence-based, and make it easy to provide effective support for language learning and speech development during the early years—at home, and in group and therapy sessions. In a survey of people using ‘See and Learn’, 85% reported that their child’s language and reading skills have improved.” Down Syndrome Education (DSE) International, UK | [Link no longer available]


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Special Words

Special Words
developed by Special iApps, UK


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Albanian / Bulgarian / Catalan / Croatian / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Hindi / Italian / Norwegian / Portuguese / Spanish / Swedish / Turkish / English - American / English - Australian / Welsh

Cost: £9.99 [approximately €14.10, $15.73]

Interactive app that allows children with Down’s syndrome to learn at their own pace.

“Our ‘See and Learn’ programmes are evidence-based, and make it easy to provide effective support for language learning and speech development during the early years—at home and in group and therapy sessions. In a survey of people using the ‘See and Learn’, 85% reported that their child’s language and reading skills have improved.” Down Syndrome Education International (DSE), UK | [Link no longer available]


Tags: Disability

Splingo

Splingo
developed by Edugame Technology Ltd, UK


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £2.29 [approximately €3.30, $3.57]

Interactive game intended to help children learn listening and language skills.

Recommended by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), UK National Deaf Children | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

Verbal Victor

Verbal Victor
developed by Apps for the Greater Good LLC, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £7.99 [approximately €10.89, $11.99]

Utilises images to help carers, parents, and teachers better understand the needs of children with limited communication skills.

"Verbal Victor is anaugmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app created for people with emerging communication skills and/or developmental delays." Central Coast Children's Foundation (CCCF), USA | http://bit.ly/18Rz4cU (page 38)


Tags: Disability

WhQuestions

WhQuestions
developed by Smarty Ears LLC, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: £7.99 [approximately €11.29, $12.39]

Game intended to help children ask "Why?", "When?", "Who?", "What?", "Where?", and "How?" (WH) questions.

"App designed to help children learn how to answer wh questions." Hands and Voices (H&V), USA | http://bit.ly/15jWo0J


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

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