Communication Apps for Special Education Learners

Communicating effectively is hard for all of us, but children with special educational needs can find it particularly challenging. Help them practise their skills and boost their confidence with these best communication apps.

Explore and share our selection of communication apps for supporting children with special needs.

    Using My Words to Ask For What I Want Social Story comprises of a 13 page social story about using words to ask for what you want.  The app includes a section that can be used as a visual prompt or mini communication device for asking for 9 common requests.    The story focuses on why it is important to use words to ask for things that you need or want.  Illustrations and visual prompts support understanding for verbal and less-verbal children alike.

    Devices: iPad


    Articulation Station is a comprehensive articulation application to help children speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. The app enables practice at letter, word and sentence level to improve pronunciation and phonological awareness. Each word has 60 target words and all together Articulation Station Pro has over 1,000 target words. The lite version contains the 'P' sound program for you to try for free with additional sound programs costing between £2.99 & £5.99. Articulation Station pro costs £44.99.

    Devices: iPad


    Letter School is a fun and engaging way to help children learn to write letters and numbers. This app takes children through four steps for each letter of the alphabet (upper case and lower case) as well as numbers 0-9. Introduction to the character Tap the start points of the characters to set the animation in motion. Tracing over the character, which drags interesting animated trails behind to create the character. Finally, once children begin at the start point the tracing line disappears so children write the character without further visual guidance.  

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Splingo is a high-quality, interactive game designed by Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists to help children learn listening and language skills. The game is instructional based whereby the user needs to follow instructions to complete a variety of tasks.

    Devices: Android , iPad