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PostSubject: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Sun 7 Feb 2010 - 18:43

I've been looking at a range of iPhone/iPod Touch applications designed for kids and families of kids with disabilities. The list below is not exhaustive and these aren't reviews as I haven't used them all. Really I just wanted to start creating a list that can be useful and added to over time. If you've got comments about these apps or can suggest others that are useful please let me know.

Obviously this post is only relevant if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch or are thinking about buying an iPad when they come out in a couple of months.


iPrompts - $59.99

Developer - http://www.handholdadaptive.com/

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=313144705&mt=8#

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZKFuKVYGhc&feature=player_embedded

iPrompts®, a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is used by caregivers of those with language and behavioral challenges (and even typical kids!). The app includes several easy-to-use, visual prompting tools (no audio prompts or voice output) to help individuals transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, and focus on the task at hand.


iConverse - $12.99

Developer - http://www.converseapp.com/

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/iconverse-assisted-communication/id304852637?mt=8

iConverse is an educational tool designed for young children and individuals with communicative disabilities, and also toddler-aged children who have yet to master language. iConverse is an Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that replaces bulky and expensive communication devices used in the past. iConverse gives users the ability to carry an AAC device in their pocket creating a means of communication that is appropriate, effective and discreet.


iCommunicate - $5.99

Developer - http://www.grembe.moonfruit.com/#/icommunicate/4534568182

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/icommunicate/id320986580?mt=8

iCommunicate is a versatile app that will help typically developing children, as well as children with developmental delays and autism. Early Intervention specialists, teachers, and parents will love this app!!! We provide a way to make customized storyboards and visual schedules for your child.


Proloquo2Go - $239.00

Developer - http://www.proloquo2go.com/About/article/what-is-proloquo2go

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/proloquo2go/id308368164?mt=8

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD_1sdNEwfg&feature=related

Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch.


Expressionist - $36.99

Developer - http://www.adastrasoft.com/Expressionist.html

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/expressionist/id318022654?mt=8

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TA8feG0xRA

Expressionist is designed to help users to express, and to help users model expressions. The facial and gesture of the cartoon character is carefully designed such that any visual learner (such as those in the autistic spectrum) would have no issue understanding or modelling it.


Look2Learn - AAC - $24.99

Developer - http://www.look2learn.com/

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/look2learn-aac/id319600029?mt=8

Look2Learn (L2L), a revolutionary AAC software application for the iPod Touch and iPhone, allows individuals to work at their communicative level using photographs to express wants and needs. The easy to use system integrates preloaded vocal output so that individuals can use their “voice”. In addition, users are able to record their own personalized audio and pair it with photos!


Locabulary Lite - Free

Developer - http://locabulary.com/

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/locabulary-lite/id322448547?mt=8

Locabulary is location based vocabulary. Locabulary is an iPhone app developed for communication, information, and fun. Words are made available based on your GPS location. You can create a fast sentence using Locabulary's noun-verb-object structuring. With Locabulary, you can easily speak the right words in the right place.


Halo Talk - $36.99

Developer - http://www.adastrasoft.com/HaloTalk.html

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/halotalk/id316192383?mt=8

HaloTalk is a simple yet powerful augmentative learning software. The application comes with over 50 pairs of responses commonly used daily. Each response/adjective is natural voice enabled, with visual cue to help the user to pick an item.


StepStones - $36.99

Developer - http://www.adastrasoft.com/StepStones.html

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/stepstones/id312055405?mt=8

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyBnt9wygyY

StepStones is an natural voice enabled augmentative learning tool for any one who needs picture schedule (activity schedule, visual schedule) to help learning, understanding and organizing their daily activities.


iPACS - $12.99

Developer - http://www.adastrasoft.com/iPACS.html

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ipacs/id322441370?mt=8

iPACS is a flexible content management tool using a book metaphor. It has some similarity to PECS, but it is much more flexible than that. iPACS allow you to customize close to 600 voice-enabled pictures for teaching, learning, and communication for special need individuals.


Behaviour Tracker Pro - $36.99

Developer - http://www.behaviortrackerpro.com/products/btp/BTP-for-iPhone.aspx

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/behaviortrackerpro/id319708933?mt=8

Behavior Tracker Pro is a behavior data collection application for PDAs that allows BCBAs, behavioral therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and graph them. Behavior Tracker Pro improves your child's ABA therapy by electronically capturing behavioral data and translating into an easy to understand graphical format.

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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Sun 7 Feb 2010 - 20:20

thanks Tim have you looked at this one /

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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Thu 18 Feb 2010 - 11:50

Yeah nice, that looks great. Really I don't see any reason why people need to buy expensive dedicated gadgets for this function anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Thu 18 Feb 2010 - 14:35

That's a great list Tim! I can't wait to sift through it a bit later tonight when I have time.
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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Mon 1 Mar 2010 - 20:50

not sure this is the same but this is free Auslan signs for your phone
https://bilby.net/Sign/Products/SignPlanet.asp
I have joined this site in the past it's great.
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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Wed 7 Apr 2010 - 13:38

thanks so much for this thread Tim I'm back in here again need to send some of these sites to our Local area DSQ
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PostSubject: Re: Apps for kids and families of kids with disabilities   Thu 8 Apr 2010 - 11:09

Wow what a list! Thanks heaps for that Tim. We are not at that point yet, but will certainly keep it in mind. Is there any chance of this being sticky-ed so we can easily find it when the time is right?
And Cathy, I didn't know there was a Nintendo DS app for this. I actually own one of those, so it could be handy.
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