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5 Best Apps for Special Educational Needs

All students should be able to reach their full potential in school. We’ve put together 5 apps that support SEN students in their learning and help them keep up with other students in the classroom.

Otsimo is an educational game application developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning difficulties. Optismo Special Education contains 13 areas with over 80 activities or stories, all motivating and engaging.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the main approach used throughout allowing for fast feedback and motivating tasks in each game. A reporting section allows you to track the progress of your child or student on their journey. This is really useful to share between home and school so everybody knows what has been worked on and how long has been spent in each area.

Clicker Docs

( iPad - £21.99 )

Clicker Docs app is a great resource to use with any child who is developing their writing skills and is particularly suitable for those who have dyslexia or are reluctant writers.  My own 8 year old is a reluctant writer and she delighted in writing and listening back to her own story using the app.  She found it particularly useful to review and check her writing by herself and the option to change the appearance of the page made it more engaging for her than using a conventional word processing program.  She is keen to use the app again to investigate using some of the other LearningGrids resources which link to the topics she is exploring at school.


( iPad - Free )

ArtikPix is an engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. Among the many features in ArtikPIx, group scoring is available for collecting scores in flashcards on up to 4 children at a time. A group of students can collect data as they practice sounds in words and sentences.

StoryBuilder for iPad

( iPad - £5.49 )

StoryBuilder for iPad. Winner - Best reading app of 2011 by the Huffington Post! Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Story Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create a narrative.


( iPad - £249.99 )

Proloquo2Go is a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution for people who have difficulty speaking. Proloquo2Go provides natural sounding Text to Speech voices (CURRENTLY ENGLISH ONLY), a high resolution library of over 14,000 symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, two researched-based vocabulary organizations, advanced word prediction, multiuser support, and the ability to fully customize vocabularies for users along a broad continuum of abilities, from beginning symbolic communication to full literacy.

Alexicom AAC for Android

( Android - Free )

Alexicom AAC for Android lets you use your phone or tablet as an augmentative communication device. It offers over 1,200 pre-made pages and over 7,000 images in the public libraries, which include twelve pre-made page sets: ChildPreA/B, Child1A/B, Child2, Child Intermediate, PicSpeechmaker, Adult1, Adult2, Speechmaker, Healthcare, and Spanish Child1. You can easily import these pages into your own online library, customize them, and/or create your own pages. AT&T Natural Voices offer text-to-speech output in 20 voices and five languages.

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