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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 skills apps. 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 receives 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.

    Simple Sentence Builder is an app that has been developed for children to learn how to build sentences through the art of storytelling. Moving their way through stories children must drag the parts of a sentence together to complete it and tell the story of what is happening on the page. The developer, who is based in Canada, has created an app that can also be used in French, especially useful if your child is learning a new language, is bilingual or has English as an addition language. Parents can purchase multiple stories through the app, all with the same language focus but different content. Users can also adapt the learning within the app to make it slightly harder depending on the level and ability of their child.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Zayn and Zayna’s Little Farm is about a family that lives in an English village. The aim of the application is to provide simple activities to reinforce the principal that family life is the foundation of human society and is the seed bed for passing on some key virtues. The application has a great variety of activities ranging from videos to colouring in sheets that can be printed out.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Avaz AAC is an augmentative and alternative communication app that empowers children and adults having speech-related disabilities with a voice of their own. A fully-featured speech app that also includes a training module for new AAC users and caregivers.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The developers of this app are well known for producing other educational based apps and already have a number of well regarded apps in the series that this app is a part of. If you are already familiar with these apps then the look and design of this app will be very familiar to you. All of the aspects that have made their previous apps a success; from the look to the functionality are all the same. A big bonus for the app in my opinion. The app itself aims to help users understand and improve upon their abilities with the English language through everyday situations making the learning of the language more geared towards real life rather than the fundamentals and mechanics of the language itself. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Dyslexic students (and adults) use Omoguru to make the text more readable and decode words with ease. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Colouring in is calming, enjoyable and prompts creative thinking.  PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Peek and Seek has been created to address a very specific need - that of developing visual discrimination skills in children.  Through careful graphical design and varied tasks, it meets its aims.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    The Social Express is an educational curriculum designed to teach children and teenagers how to perceive emotions and handle social situations. It uses interactive animated videos that put its protagonists in many different scenarios, and the player is prompted to evaluate the emotions of the scene and decide what action the characters should do.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Faces iMake is creation based app that lets you make faces out of everyday household objects. It has an interesting feature called Faceworld that allows the children to showcase the artwork they made using the app. In FaceWorld, you can view pictures created by artists all over the world.

    Devices: iPhone, 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: Android, iPhone, iPad


    This is very practical and simple app that introduces children to letters, to associate the letters with words and to locate the letters in a keyboard.  The app has been created by an Occupational Therapist in order to help children with physical or learning disabilities. This is a good app to incorporate into a child’s portfolio of apps as it specifically considers teaching how to type and the location of letters on a keyboard as well as teaching the alphabet. We have given this app 5 Stars because of this unique feature.  

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    From the creator of the award-winning Montessori Crosswords and Word Wizard apps, Montessori Numbers is designed to help build sound mathematical foundations in children aged 3-7 by using a concrete, visually significant material inspired from the Montessori methodology. Learn to understand quantities and numbers, learn the numerals and build numbers from 0 to 999. Montessori Numbers offers a sequence of guided activities that gradually help children reinforce their skills. The app can be used with children aged 3-7. Each activity offers several levels of increasing complexity. • Experiment with quantities and learn their names • Learn the numerals and their names • Learn to count • Associate quantities with numerals/numbers • Understand the decimal system and place value • Introduce addition and subtraction • Learn to trace numbers Montessori Numbers builds on the iPad’s touch feature, and uses verbal feedback for more efficient learning. The app can pronounce any number between 0 and 1009 (American, British and Australian voices available). 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Intro to Letters is designed to help kids learn letters and letter sounds and also learn to trace, read, write, and record letter sounds, names, and phonograms, based on the proven methodology of Montessori. It's particularly useful for kids who need extra help, such as special needs students. Designed to help kids learn letters and letter sounds, Intro to Letters, by Montessorium  is focused and clean, without animation, rewards, or other gimmicks. Kids trace letters with their fingers and hear the letter names and sounds in an activity that mimics Montessori sandpaper letters. The app includes upper and lower case letters, as well as 15 two-letter phonograms. Kids can also record the letter sounds and names if their devices are equipped with microphones.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Talk For Me is specifically for those with speech communication difficulties, Influenced by Speech Pathologists & Speech Therapists, Talk For Me is a multipurpose communication tool that allows people communicate their needs using images that they take with their iPod, iPhone or iPad.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Dexteria Dots 2 – Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts is an excellent tool for building math fluency and fine motor skills. Kids can learn about comparing numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction as they boost their critical-thinking skills to solve problems. There are two main options: Make Equal Dots and Compare Dots. Each option includes four levels, from beginner to expert. As kids start to play, a voice command tells them what value to make, and the timer begins. Kids have to manipulate dots to complete the challenge and are rewarded with fun animations and sounds. If they're fast enough, kids can earn bonus dots. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Autism Core Skills is a comprehensive academic and social skills practice system designed for students with autism. The app employs best educational practices to provide scaffolded learning experiences in math, reading and social skills for autistic students of any age working on preschool through first grade level skills.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    First Then Visual Schedule is an app for individuals with communication needs. This app allows the user to add images, record voice and organize a schedule. Additionally, can also backup your created schedule via iCloud. This app can help your child increase his/her independence and reduce anxiety through the use of visual schedules.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    The Conversation Therapy app from Tactus Therapy was designed to spark conversation between people, including small and large groups. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Naming Therapy from Tactus Therapy aims to tackle one of the most challenging tasks a stroke victim has to contend with: anomia or being able to recall names of people and words for everyday objects.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Cuespeak is a new Speech and Language Therapy workstation for iOS devices featuring a suite of therapy exercises produced in the UK by a specialist in aphasia, a communication disability caused by stroke and other neurological disorders.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Autism Therapy with MITA is an app designed to help children with autism learn using pivotal response treatment, a type of therapy for autistic children. MITA stands for “mental imagery therapy for autism” and uses puzzles to improve childhood development, attention, language, and visual skills, according to the app makers. We love that this app is scientifically based and the design is both simple and attractive. It’s sure to keep kids interested.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Learning Ally Link provides over 75,000 audiobooks, audio textbooks, and other recorded books to help anyone who experiences difficulty in reading print material succeed. Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, this non-profit has been serving people with print and other disabilities that make visually reading print almost or completely non-accessible for decades. Originally offering books on tape through a lending library, this app is now a mode in which users can access their audio books.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    SpeechCompanion helps to improve mouth and tongue motor skills with speech therapy exercises.The SpeechCompanion contains short videos where a speech therapist demonstrates mouth or tongue motor exercises. 

    Devices: Android


    Image Scheduler helps those for whom organising their daily lives is difficult such as children with special needs.  It employs the users' pictures to build a weekly schedule and task picker that are easy to understand and relevant. Image Scheduler is age-neutral and available on iOS and Android as a single purchase. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    The Daily Living Skills Tracker provides step-by-step, visual and auditory instructions to assist users in completing basic hygiene tasks. The app is appropriate for all ages of children on the autism spectrum who require visual cues and prompting to support with daily tasks. Daily Living Skills Tracker will promote and support the independent acquisition of daily living and basic hygiene skills.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad