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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.

    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 title of this app certainly emphasises its purpose.  Expand the initialism and it is called Optical Character Recognition Text Detection Tool.  This is precisely what it does and it does it well.

    Devices: Windows


    Dyslexia Gold improves reading fluency, speed and comprehension. It increases reading age by over 12 months. Their fun, effective & unique programs help children learn to improve: Reading with Engaging Eyes and Fluency Builder, master Spelling and Times Tables. Dyslexia Gold addresses underlying problems that cause reading difficulties. We address vision problems to stop your child from skipping lines and words. And auditory problems so your child can hear that goat is made up of 3 sounds g - oa – t. The program is suitable for children aged 6-15. You can choose US or UK spelling and works on any PC or laptop with sound - Windows or Mac. Dyslexia Gold is used in over 250 schools and by thousands of parents.

    Devices: Web


    Even in a world where software and apps are being increasingly used, printed material still plays a major role.  Not everyone can easily access text in books, worksheets, newspapers, journals, and magazines.  Prizmo Go captures printed text from saved photographs or a device's camera so that it can  process them and make them accessible to its built-in text reader as well as to other software.

    Devices: 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


    Brili Routines-Visual Timer is a dynamic visual scheduling app that takes the chaos and stress out of daily routines. 

    Devices: Android iPhone 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 activities that aid over practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Otsimo is an educational game application developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning difficulties. Children with autism are intended to be taught the basic knowledge through assistive games designed under the guidance of child psychologists and educators to providing them homeschool education. Otsimo provides the necessary ABA education through games designed for kids with attention deficit and speech problems. Let’s discuss a little more about this wonderful solution.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Otsimo Speech Therapy is a voice-controlled and video modelling-based language and speech therapy app.

    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


    Visual Reading-Special Education is a targeted program to support learners with special educational needs and associated learning difficulties. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles are used to engage children in reading. 

    Devices: Android


    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


    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: iPhone 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: iPhone iPad Web


    Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) app that can provide a voice for those with expressive and receptive language difficulties. From basic wants and needs to more complex sentences, Proloquo2go app is a viable communication tool for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, apraxia, aphasia, or traumatic brain injury. 

    Devices: iPhone 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: iPhone 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: iPhone 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: iPhone 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: iPhone 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 iPhone 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 iPhone iPad


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

    Devices: Android 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