Best Apps for Down Syndrome

Best Apps for Down Syndrome

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day and it is very important to focus our attention on helping children to lead a normal and happy life. And for this reason, we need to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the evolution of technology.

Our list of special education apps are helpful, fun and engaging for children of all abilities, including those with autism and dyslexia.

From this point of view it isn’t easy to create that kind of apps and it is certainly really difficult to find one that meets your requirements but there are some mandatory elements we all need to consider when we talk about an app designed for kids with Down syndrome:

  • Apps must be developed in collaboration with specialists who know all the aspects of this genetic disorder.
  • This type of apps must be approved by Down syndrome organizations.
  • With the simple design, they need to attract and engage children.
  • They mustn’t contain distracting or annoying elements.
  • These apps need to consider all age ranges.
  • Mobile tools need to adapt to kids’ needs.
  • Personalization is everything when it comes to these special apps.

Here is the list of best apps for Down Syndrome can help children to lead a normal and happy life.

Special Words

1. Special Words

(Android, iPhone, 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.

Special Words is an app that seeks to teach word recognition, spoken language, attention and listening skills, in addition to hand-eye co-ordination. The app contains 96 words and pictures commonly used during early language development. Special Words can be used by parents, teachers, teaching assistants, speech & language therapists to enhance expressive and receptive language development.

Devices: Android, iPad and iPhone

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InnerVoice Communication is an excellent AAC app. It is now a firm favourite with our young communicators, their families and our speech and language therapists. It is not as complex when compared with other AAC options during initial set-up and the use of multi-sensory strategies in combining visual and auditory stimulation is wonderful. InnerVoice is a well thought out and informed design application and should always be considered when trialling AAC with people with communication difficulties. A big thumbs up to developers, well done!  

Devices: iPad and iPhone

CommunicoTool 2

3. CommunicoTool 2

(iPhone, iPad)

CommunicoTool 2 is a language and development application that gives a voice to children with speech disorders (Autism, Down syndrome). The app offers a gallery of images, pictograms, and sounds to help the children express themselves and interact successfully with the world. 

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.

A really useful app especially for children on the autism spectrum, CommunicoTool 2 gives children with language difficulties a voice.  What I really enjoyed about CommunicoTool 2, is its ability to do more than commonly known Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) apps. Having a scheduling tool and timer are particularly useful features; not needing to leave the app for such features is a real plus point. Being unable to communicate basic wants and needs can be extremely frustrating and can lead to heightened anxiety and in some cases negative behavior. This app provides visual support to aid communication and minimize frustrations.

Devices: iPad and iPhone

See and Learn Saying Words

4. See and Learn Saying Words

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

See and Learn teaching programs are designed to help children with Down syndrome learn early language, reading, speech, number and memory skills. This app help putting 2 sounds together to saying words – three steps – based on order that initial sounds usually mastered but used based on individual child’s sounds.

The See and Learn teaching programs support development in four key areas - speech, language and reading, number and memory skills - through the early years and into primary school. They are designed to meet the additional learning needs of children with Down syndrome with practical, developmentally appropriate and individualized teaching activities.

Devices: Android, iPad and iPhone

Otsimo | Special Education

5. Otsimo | Special Education

(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, iPad and iPhone


6. Proloquo2Go

(iPhone, iPad)

Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad and iPhone devices 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. 

Proloquo4Text is a text-based, AAC application designed for literate users. Proloquo2Go is one of the few AAC apps designed to support all users, from beginning to advanced. This lets someone develop from single words to full grammatical sentences in the same app. 

Devices: iPad and iPhone

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