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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.

    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 , 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: 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


    This app aims to teach children specific relaxation techniques.

    Devices: iPad


    The Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory from Within is a mobile app that aims to improve sensory environments for people on the autism spectrum by giving people in home, school, and community settings, the skills to better understand and communicate about how sensory perception can effect people on the spectrum in different ways. 

    Devices: iPad


    VisuaLearn promotes vocabulary development, sight word acquisition and sentence building. VisuaLearn offers a simple interface with activities designed for typically developing children, children with Down syndrome or children with visual learning strengths who might benefit from guidance through smaller learning steps.

    Devices: iPad