I may not be able to solve ALL of these challenges today, but here is a quick and easy list of apps you may like to check out, for students with Autism. Remember to discuss with your teams to help determine whether particular apps will effectively meet the needs and goals of the person and/or classroom. Use the SETT framework (http://www.joyzabala.com/) to help match the right app to the right student, environment and task.
App to help find Apps:
||Autism Apps – is a free app that provides a list of the latest apps within category search areas.|
Apps to support communication development:
Depending on the communication levels of each person, you may need to look at AAC Apps and/or Apps to develop oral language skills
Apps for AAC:
Here are a few of the AAC apps used extensively by our consultancy team, but please refer to Jane Farrall’s comprehensive list of AAC Apps on our website, or to our Apps for AAC webinars for more information on each App.
The following apps can be used to create personal photo stories, chat books, and personal recounts which increase social communication opportunities.
Apps to develop oral language:
Structured learning apps such as: Sentences Builder, Rainbow Sentences, Special Words, Splingo, ABA Flashcards and Speech with Milo, may help to improve the vocabulary, comprehension and overall oral language for those students with Autism that are developing verbal skills.
The following apps are the fun and interactive ones, that allow for building of social interactions, turn taking, as well as great opportunities for oral language stimulation and modeling (aided and unaided).
||Any and all TOCA BOCA apps, eg. Toca Hair Salon, Toca Tailor, Toca Tea Party, Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Store. With opportunities for engagement and interaction rather than solo play, with a fun and clever interface, these apps are a true winner!|
||My Playhome – is a virtual dolls house with many interactive elements in each room of the house and is great used for oral language stimulation.|
||And try these if you like fun stuff (like me): Create-a-car, Dr Panda’s Restaurant, Cookie Doodle, Sound Touch, Playschool Art Maker, Aunty Maggie’s Recipe, Stop&Go, Bugs&Bubbles, and many more.|
Apps for Behaviour:
Supporting behaviour using visual tools is very powerful. Some of these apps can be used successfully alongside other traditional low-tech visual tools.
Create schedules, routines, timetables, rules, and first-then charts using these apps:
||Proloquo2Go (switch a page to LIST view in the EDIT, VIEW TAB section) to present schedules, timetables and routines in a list format, rather than the traditional grid format.|
Some fantastic visual timers within apps include:
Apps for rewards
Apps for Social Development:
As well as some iPad apps listed below, the ability to easily take photos and videos can allow us to create tools to ensure the effective teaching of social skills on the iPad.
Creating Social Stories (with photos and /or videos) continues to be one of our best tools to help develop particular social skills or address challenging behaviours. Try these apps:
Working on Feelings? The following are some suggestions to help students identify and recognise feelings as well as express feelings:
This is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg and I think that sharing our experiences and successes is such an important part of helping us to successfully use iPads to support students with Autism.
For more information please head to our website www.spectronics.com.au; where you can access more App information on our Apps for Special Education List, on our blog and via our new webinar collection on Spectronics Online. Email me if you have any questions or comments on firstname.lastname@example.org