Sunday, August 31, 2014

HUGE Back to School Featured Free and Discounted Apps!


I can't even begin to highlight the special needs benefit to all of these apps. Today's Featured Free and Discounted apps list on Smart Apps For Kids features so many apps I'm not sure how Lisa managed to get it all written! There are fun apps, apps for ABA, books, alphabet learning apps and so much more.

Best app for science is Free for a Limited Time - Universal Zoom: All About Sizes and Distances


Have you ever tried to explain the size of a giraffe or Mt. Everest to a child? How about try to compare the size of an atom to a fly? It can be really difficult to help kids understand the true scale of something they don't commonly see. I've found this to be especially difficult for some kids with special needs. This app, Universal Zoom: All About Sizes and Distances, helps make a difficult concept a little more accessible, by using stunning photos compared in scale.

The best part? It's FREE for a limited time!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Top 50 Completely FREE apps — Kids Category!

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One of the most frustrating things about the app store is downloading a free app only to discover that it really isn't free — it has in-app purchases or requires some kind of subscription. So we created a list of iTunes top free kids apps list, removing the apps with in-app purchases and subscriptions. That leaves us with the Top 50 Current Best-Selling Totally Free Kids Apps! These apps are all sub-categorized for Kids, so it includes games, books and educational apps!

Be sure to view the full list on Smart Apps For Kids, but check out a few of my favorite below! There are a lot of new apps on this list, so check it out even if you've seen it before!

Sign Language for Kids: 60 Proven Benefits That Will Have You Signing Forever


Sign language has always been a part of my speech-language therapy practice. When I became a mother, I was excited to begin a sign language program with my own children. I read all the research I could find on the benefits of infant sign language and was able to experience many of them first-hand. A recent blog post from Signingtime.com points out that those benefits continue even after children develop spoken language. In fact, they have 60 reasons you should continue to sign with a child who can speak. I can relate to many items on this list and #24 is one of my favorite benefits.