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Reading Apps for Special Education Learners

Guided reading is a common practice in many elementary school classrooms. These reading apps looks at some ways to help students with disabilities succeed in guided reading groups.

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

    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    FirstWords: Deluxe is a fun and educational app with all universal letters and a words game for young children that includes five sections, animals or vehicles as well as shapes, colors and words around the house, making this a great app for object recognition and the building of vocabulary as well as the learning of letters and the concept of spelling.

    Devices: iPad


    An app aimed at young people with speech and language difficulties that effectively engages and helps improve the verbal communication whilst also improving their vocabulary.

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    An engaging app for young people with speech and language difficulties. The app provide engaging opportunities for students to communicate using pictures for sequencing, predicting and describing.

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    An engaging app for young people with speech and language difficulties.

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    The store rooms of those teachers who help to develop speech and language skills have always been discernible by the arrays of objects and flash cards to act as a starting point for discussion.  This app compresses these talking prompts into the slim size of an iPad. 

    Devices: iPad


    A visually and audibly stimulating app aimed at students with speech and language difficulties (SALT). The app uses sixteen 3-step sequences of cards of differing everyday activities such as wrapping a present, making a bed. The student has to re-arrange the cards on the correct order. The teacher, speech therapist, teaching assistant or parent can give as much help as needed in order for the correct sequence to be made. The student’s verbal response can also be recorded. The app can be used one-to-one or in small groups and can be personalised by the teacher creating their own cards. There are 3 games to choose from Ordering, Predicting and Describing. There is a full reporting facility which can be emailed or shared. A separate account can be set up for each student needing only the basic of information. All of this functionality can be accessed via a single page settings page. There is a very comprehensively written in-app user guide.

    Devices: iPad


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    Devices: Android


    It's winter in Hoppy's pond - come on in and check out the snowy scenery!

    Jump into the pond and help your lovable friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Your child will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! Great for Toddlers and...

    Devices: iPad


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    Devices: iPad


    Bubbles School for Toddlers is a bright and colourful app. It can help teach your young children over 220 new first words in 10 different learning categories with 3 different ways of learning. The app teaches the names and recognition of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, shapes, colours, toys, zoo animals, farm animals, fruits and vegetables. The level of detail within the app is fabulous and young children will be very happily engaged with the app. 

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Phonics Genius is a customizable flashcard-style app designed to help kids identify letter sounds and their relationship to words and has just about every conceivable phonetic combination presented in a high quality and completely enjoyable way. Phonics Genius is a great resource for building phonemic awareness and is best for kids who are emergent readers with previous reading experience. 

    Devices: iPad


    A platform for creating and sharing instructional lessons for special educational needs students.

    Devices: iPad


    Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences.

    Devices: iPad


    A new training method that makes remembering words a fun activity!

    Find the right letters to a given word by using your mobile device like a steering wheel and have your child learn how to spell in a fun and engaging way.

    Devices: Android