App of the Day

Special Needs App: Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is a useful tool for people who have difficulty typing or translating their thoughts into written words. This voice recognition app is powered by Dragon Naturally Speaking and allows the user to speak the content of emails, text messages, notes or even status updates for social networking sites and immediately see the text appear on the screen. 

Special Needs App of the Day: Injini

Injini: Child Development Game Suite Lite’s collection of learning games for young children is one of the best apps on the market for toddlers and preschoolers with language, cognitive and fine motor delays. Included are nine games that feature a variety of skills development methods, 100 puzzles, and eight farm-themed mini games such as shearing sheep or washing muddy pigs. There are also over 50 hand-panted tracing game illustrations that teach shapes to kids while they practice fine motor skills. 

Special Needs App of the Day: My Tale

"The Cloud Boy" is the first in a series of stories in the My Tale collection for iPad. It is about a boy who always has his head in the clouds and often gets distracted or lost. He must learn to pay attention in order to keep his parents from worrying.

Special Needs App of the Day: Turn Taker

Turn Taker teaches sharing using visual and audio cues to children with Down syndrome, autism, ADHD, and other special needs. Sharing is a key skill for growing and maintaining social relationships, which in turn promote an improved use of language. Turn Taker makes it possible for a parent or caregiver to introduce the concept of sharing by setting the time of each person's turn during an activity. Initially, the learning child's turn should be set much longer than the other person's. This alleviates some of the anxiety they might feel when it is not their turn.

Special Needs App of the Day: Tap Tap Baby

 Tap Tap Baby for iPad is a great app for children who experience severe developmental delays and/or fine motor difficulties. It features a total of six games, including a monkey face that goes through a range of emotions, a xylophone game, and a game that lets your child create their own fireworks display. This colorful app is a lot of fun and will teach your child names of shapes and animals while keeping them entertained for hours.

Available for download in the App Store for $1.99.

Special Needs App of the Day: Grace

Winner of the 2010 Irish Web Awards and United Nations World Summit Award Mobile, the Grace App features a picture database for nonverbal people to use to create sentences. Both adults and children with autism will find this app useful for communicating their wants and needs.

Special Needs App of the Day: ASL Dictionary

The ASL Dictionary includes 4,800 signed words accompanied by easy-to-follow videos to teach users Sign Language. It features common English phrases, the entire numerical system, dates, symbols, and 765 multiple meaning words, as well as 55 translated idioms and the finger spelled alphabet. The ASL Dictionary proves to be an excellent tool for children who are hearing impaired and for their parents to learn to communicate using ASL Sign Language.

Available for download on Android, iPhone and iPad for $2.99.