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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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Category: Reading comprehension
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Price: FreeThe MeeGenius app is a mobile library of over 250 childrens' books that receive weekly updates. The app uses technology to help children concentrate on reading - including word highlighting and narration. This can help a child in terms of word recognition and reading development.The application itself is free, and users can purchase digital 'smart' books for use on the iPhone or iPad through its interface with a web connection.
Click here to view an example story.