About the Apps
Preschoolers, particularly those with special needs, have an an assortment of apps to choose from that teach the foundational skills required to master any concept. All of our selections are engaging, exciting, fun, hands-on, and offer multiple ways for students to master those skills necessary to tackle deeper content.
They are far and away the best place to introduce your child with special needs to classroom environments and practices.
See.Touch.Learn. is an amazing app that teaches receptive vocabulary skills in an explicit manner. Children are able to identify familiar objects and items. Parents and teachers will love the ability to customize and monitor progress.
Native Numbers is a brilliant app that teaches children number sense at the foundational level. Children will delight in being able to progress through the levels, while parents and teachers will delight in the ability to see progress and the intuitive nature of the app.
Alien Buddies is particularly useful for children with autism, as the app helps them learn to identify and match colors, shapes, numbers, and letters while rescuing aliens. Its ease of use, cute interface, fun and engaging reinforcement make this a versatile app that can be easily tailored to meet a variety of pre-academic needs, and can grow with a child as they progress. Plus, the repetitive nature of the gameplay is neither distracting or boring for a young child.
Articulation Station is an all-time favorite speech and language therapy app, as noted by appoLearning Expert Lisa West. Users can purchase individual sounds based on the needs of the child or the entire package of sounds, which includes the option to add personal images to the library. The app features scores of bright images found within highly engaging flashcards, stories, and games.
Reading Raven for iPad rounds out the list with an early literacy punch for children aged 3-5. Early literacy skills are continuously worked on in a meaningful manner, and the app has additional features that can be customized as children grow.
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How are apps scored?
Apps are scored using a proprietary evaluation rubric to judge Educational Content, Kid Appeal, Assessment, Features and Design, Value, and Safety and Privacy.