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While some of these tools weren't designed specifically for kids with special needs and disabilities as well as learning and thinking differences, they've been recommended by educators and experts who work with these populations. You'll find apps that address foundational skills, boost social and emotional skills, and help kids with autism follow a schedule. There are also sites that help teachers differentiate learning and access resources for developing language and math literacy. Check them out. You might find them helpful for any student who needs more support.
Offers a variety of games and flash cards, including matching, spelling, crosswords, and scavenger hunts. The free site works on tablets and smartphones, so no app is needed. The site also doesn’t require a login, so can be accessed easily from any browser or device.
Provides a template to create “Jeopardy”-style Q&A games on a variety of topics, including social skills, feelings, and vocabulary. Users can tap into thousands of customizable games or create new ones.
Curates and presents news stories in age-appropriate formats for children. The daily newspaper app works on tablets or phones and feeds multimedia stories on a variety of topics at three different reading levels. Free from the Apple Store, Google Play, and Kindle Fire.
As its name implies, this app lets users drag and drop letters into scenic backdrops. In addition, students can add hundreds of items like animals, flowers, buildings, and characters into the scenes, along with the letters or words. Available at the Apple Store or Google Play.
Take a photo of a pet or toy or person, draw a line to create a mouth, let students record a few words or sentences, and the app animates the photo into a talking dog with the student’s voice. This version for kids doesn’t collect personal information on users or allow any sharing of the animated photos. Free at the Apple Store or Google Play.
This simple subscription service digitizes children’s books. For the cost of an average book each month, users can access thousands of titles. In addition, you can create collections and assign them to students. Most books are simply digital versions of print versions, but several thousand audio books are also available.
Take a musical adventure aboard the busy yellow bus with swishing wipers, spinning wheels, busy people, barking dogs, and more! Based on the popular children's song of the same name Wheels on the Bus includes fresh illustrations, creative interactions, and live music. Designed for children of all ages, starting as young as 18 months.
Little Stories Lite is an app with carefully crafted stories that target speech, language and literacy. Each of these little story gems comes in a package—a package bursting with supporting curriculum and beautiful, full-color illustrations.
Created by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Articulation Station Classic is a full featured articulation application to help children as well as adults learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly.