Social Interaction Apps - Special Education

    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

    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

    This app aims to teach children specific relaxation techniques.

    Devices: iPad

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

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    Touch & Learn-Emotions offers a visual-based approach to help children who are at the first stage of learning about emotions and facial expressions. Specifically designed for children who may have difficulty learning to talk and to read, or to interpret facial expressions, such as those with Down syndrome, other visual learners and those with ASD.   • Cause and effect: touch the picture to see and hear the word. • Includes pictures of 8 faces, with matching written and spoken words in 6 languages: English (American and British), Catalan, Croatian, French and Spanish, and choice of upper or lower case letters. • Designed for tablets and smartphones. Contains no ads, in-app purchases or external links, collects no data, and doesn’t require an Internet connection.

    Devices: iPad

    The Social Adventures App provides clinicians, teachers and parents with a treasure trove of activity descriptions for teaching social skills and friendship.

    Devices: iPad

    Calm Counter can assist kids in getting a handle on angry or anxious emotions. The social story is brief, simple, and inclusive ("Everybody gets angry."). Many kids will likely feel quite reassured by the fact that a tool like this even exists, normalizing their emotions. 

    Devices: iPad

    At a time when bullying and depression is on the increase amongst children and adolescents, an educational app to help build self esteem and optimism has been created by a Melbourne schoolgirl and her family. Positive Penguins is one of a kind. The app is a simple, interactive, educational tool to help children understand their emotions and to experience them in a positive way. It also provides children with practical ways to understand and cope with these emotions and, most importantly, change the way they think.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books.

    Devices: iPad

    Social Quest is an application developed by author and Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Rosie Simms to improve pragmatic language comprehension and expression in a variety of social situations for older elementary, middle school, and high school-aged populations.

    Devices: iPad

    The Social Express is engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges.

    Devices: iPad

    Welcome to Stories2Learn (S2L) 3.

    Devices: iPad