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Special Education Apps (SEN)

Supporting children with special educational needs takes patience, understanding and a range of SEN teaching resources tailor-made for each child’s requirements. Here you’ll find apps specifically designed to help SEN teachers and parents with special children in their role.

Choose from a range of SEN apps to help children with a range of skills, from speech and language, to numeracy, or social interaction skills . Whether you’re supporting children with autism, dyslexia, down syndrome a visual, hearing or sensory impairment, cognitive impairments, ADHD or another learning difficulty, we have apps for every child’s needs.

If your child has a special need or learning difference, you have come to the right place. The Educational App Store recieves a lot of requests for app recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning.In this section you can find hand picked special education apps which we feel are appropriate for users with learning difficulties.

    This is a fantastic language app aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, the app encourages users to challenge themselves in a game environment to match words together to form a sentence. The way the game works is to give the user a number of words and for them to then unscramble and form into a full sentence within a time limit with the added challenge of losing time when an incorrect answer is chosen. One of the most appealing aspects of the app is the fact that it can used by a number of different people with different abilities in the English language. For instance, it works really well as an app for younger children who already have a certain level of proficiency in reading and writing to improve their understanding, but older users can also access the app on a different level especially if they have English as an additional language and are wanting to improve their proficiency too. It could also be used for more top level students too who again want to continue to enrich their own abilities. With a whole section of the app dedicated to Proverbs and Sayings, it could even be used by an adult wanting to give themselves a bit of a challenge!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Match & Find has been created for children with special educational needs. Both its activities and the nature of its design are specially designed to create an environment and a learning experience suitable for these children to enjoy developing their understanding. Match & Find is designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory.

    Devices: iPad

    Cosmo Training is a creative training and therapy system for people with additional needs. It consists of a set of interactive and multisensory controllers and games that motivate learners to develop motor, cognitive and communication skills through play and music. Cosmo's multi-sensory games work towards achieving skill based, functional and national curriculum compatible goals to help the child in tasks of everyday living.

    Devices: iPad

    Speech Blubs is a Speech Therapy application that uses voice controlled and video technology to develop speech articulation for young children with or without speech difficulties. The app has thousands of activites that aid over practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    As a teacher of children on the Autism Spectrum with complex communication needs, I am constantly looking for the most appropriate form of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) to use with the children at our school.

    Devices: iPad

    Boo Articulation Helper is an app that helps children to practice speech sounds that they need to improve. The app encourages children to imitate articulated sounds and raise phonological awareness.

    Devices: iPad

    Outloud Citymals is an app that can be used to support speech production, understanding emotion/causality and develop communication skills in children with complex communication needs. The app can used across a variety of settings; therapeutic, education and home. 

    Devices: iPad

    Let's Expand Vocabulary introduces new words to children and reinforces their existing vocabulary. Four, simple to play mini games are accompanied by clearly spoken words that, through repetition, help children to remember and categorize them.

    Devices: iPad

    This app is aimed at helping young people improve their critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills to explain how they know the answers to certain questions. Secondary learning also happens through the app including helping young people gain a better understanding of the English language through expanding their vocabulary and learning important visual literacy skills. All of this is done through a fun and interactive way where users are given pictures and questions that help them to define what is happening whilst learning and improving their verbal reasoning skills.  

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Dromnibus-Inclusive Education is a learning solution based on Applied Behaviour Analysis, one of the world’s most effective learning methods, which draws from the extensive experience of scientists and clinicians. DrOmnibus Inclusive Education is a motivating, task-based learning app that aims to develop behaviour and cognitive skills through a graduated approach.   

    Devices: Android , iPad

    DayCape-Daily Visual Planning is a wonderful scheduling application especially made for children on the Autistic Spectrum.  

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Easy Dyslexia Aid is a dyslexia only version of the Easy Spelling Aid application. The app helps with the spelling of problematic words with the aid of special dyslexic font options and background colour combinations.

    Devices: iPad

    Spell-A Word is an app that is designed to aid early spelling skills for children and young people with additional learning needs. It can be used as an early academic program  for beginning to advanced letter users. Totally customisable, it uses an errorless  learning method. Spell-A-Word works on identification, spelling, & word recognition (for reading). Scaffolding (as much help as needed but as little as possible) is embedded so as to help those with significant cognitive challenges. 

    Devices: iPad

    CommunicoTool 2 is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) visual support application. The app is suitable for children who are non-verbal, have language delay or autism.

    Devices: iPad

    Animals Level 1 is an application that aims to improve receptive language development through complex sound patterns that are matched to specific animal visuals.

    Devices: iPad

    Special Words is an app that seeks to address deficiencies in expressive and receptive language in addition to attention, fine motor and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Special Words can be used by Teachers, therapists and parents to improve these skills.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Special Stories is an app that allows you to create stories and visual schedules. It is particularly useful for creating Social Stories for children with additional needs.  

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Talking About-Secondary School is an app from Black Sheep Press that seeks to aid the transition from primary to secondary school. The app allows for practice and rehearsal of different scenarios that may present themselves when a student is in secondary school. It is particularly useful for children on the autism spectrum but also for those who are anxious about the move to secondary.

    Devices: iPad

    Dyslexia Test & Tips is an app that helps you quickly identify dyslexia and create a profile of the person being tested. This app is meant for children, students and adults either with dyslexia or where there is a chance of dyslexia. You can take the test yourself or as a teacher, parent, family member or colleague, help someone you think could possibly be dyslexic to take the test. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Little Digits is a fun way to learn to count using a multitouch interactive approach. Little Digits is a great application that you can use with your child to help improve their number recognition and number fluency skills. A really fun and engaging app, that requires your child to place the correct amount of digits on the numeral animation. All of the numbers are represented as fun and colorful creatures that your child will love. The app is easy to follow with three modes of game play and an easy to follow tutorial. The multi touch technology allows your child to place the correct amount of fingers on the screen when solving simple number problems. A really nice feature is the ability to record your own voice for each number, a particular favourite with my own 4 year old. Probably the best thing about Little Digits is how fun and simplistic it is, the app allows for development of natural curiosity and hours of fun are guaranteed. 

    Devices: iPad