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Category: Emotional development and understanding
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later.
Price: FreeFocusing on learning difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s, this app aims to help children to understand emotions and be able to recognise and respond to them.The ABA flash card collection includes 50 visual prompts for 10 basic emotions. Additional features include audio and text to increase the interactivity of these flash cards, in order to reinforce learning. Flashcards can be played in the same order or shuffled.The developer’s intent is to :“ provide children with quality educational applications that are not only enjoyable but also enhance cognitive development, phonemic awareness, and reading readiness.”
Category: Social skills, literacy
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Price: $13.99Stories2Learn is an affordable app to help develop social awareness in children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.S2L offers parents the ability to create personalized stories using photos, text, and audio messages. These stories can be used to promote a child’s literacy levels, social skills, as well as a way to spend quality time with your child.A parent can quickly create a story that shows various social cues. For example, if a child is learning a new concept such as eye contact, this can be quickly depicted in a story form to reinforce learning.
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Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Maker: Grembe Inc.
Price: $4.99Selected by Apple for Apps for a spot on its special education list, iReward is a motivational tool to reward your child for completing certain tasks.You can use visual rewards to reinforce positive behaviours – such as star charts, or token boards. The app supports multiple users and can be organised by family, classroom or patient. It includes customisable features including background and ‘reward’ tokens, sound facilities and password protection.While scanning reviews online, it seems the application option is popular for giving children something tangible but removing the risks associated with a physical reward chart (such as small parts becoming a choking hazard).
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