Friday, August 16, 2013

Top Handwriting Apps - Part 1 of 2


A recent discussion on our Facebook Fan Page revolved around handwriting apps.

Nina wrote: "I would love a handwriting app that requires use of a stylus or something! My autistic 10 year old struggles with practicing handwriting because he doesn't get the point. He is learning to keyboard. But handwriting is still part of his goals and IEP. He is an iPad junkie. I would like to find a good app that would bridge that motivation gap."

Below is Part 1 of the list of apps that have been recommended by our community, in no particular order. Part 2 is to follow soon.


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Tracing ABC - Learn To Write Alphabet, Numbers and First Words - English and Spanish Letter Worksheets by Ariel Laub

From iTunes:
"Get your little one on track to perfect penmanship with the Tracing ABC app for your iOS device. Ideal for children four years and older, the Tracing ABC app has a simple and engaging interface designed to help children print letters, numbers, and various shapes with ease and confidence. Once your child has mastered his ABC, he can practice over 800 words, consisting of 80% of the elementary school words."

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($1.99, iPad/iPhone)


Tracing ABC
(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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Little Writer PRO - The Tracing App for Letters, Numbers, Shapes, and Words by Innovative Mobile Apps

From iTunes:
"EXCLUSIVE PRO FEATURES

• Support for landscape and portrait mode
• Ability to add custom word categories
• Ability to turn categories ON and OFF via settings page
• Custom ABC phonics category
• Custom "A is for..." category with examples such as "A is for ant."
• Ability to customize tracing paths so if you have a left handed kid or other unique requirements no problem
• Ability to select different fonts so kids learn to write and recognize letters in multiple styles"


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($1.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Dyslexia and Dysgraphia by Katherine Johnson

From iTunes:
"The exercises in this app will work on improving the following: Unable to cross eyes easily, or hurts when crossing. Slow copying off the board or from books. Eyes jump over words or parts of words. Eyes jump over lines or repeats lines when reading. Poor balance. Right-left confusion. Mixes up ìdîs and ìbîs or other letters and numbers. Difficulty skipping or marching. Poor handwriting. Poor expression of ideas on paper."

If you would like to download this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

(Free, iPad/iPhone)



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iWrite Words (Handwriting Game) by gdiplus

From iTunes:
"Help Mr. Crab collect the numbered balls by dragging him with your finger - and drawing the letter at the same time. Once all the letters in the word are drawn properly, a cute drawing appears. Slide the letters into the spinning hole and advance to the next level."

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
($2.99, iPad/iPhone)


iWrite Words Lite
(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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Alphabet Fun by Tapfuze

From iTunes:
"Alphabet Fun is like having preschool right on your iPad! Filled with over 70 full-color images and large, easy-to-read text, Alphabet Fun provides an excellent learning platform for preschoolers. Simply scroll through the letters, colors, and numbers with the swipe of a finger. Explore how each character is written by tracing over it. Even practice writing entire words with ease. Each concept is accompanied by clear audio pronunciations."

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($2.99, iPad Only)


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Ready to Print by Essare LLC

From iTunes:
"Ready to Print was created by an Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with children. It is a comprehensive tool for parents, therapists and educators to help teach pre-writing skills to children in order to build a strong foundation for beginning printers.

Ready to Print progresses through the pre-writing skills in a specific order, so that children can master the visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns. It is designed to teach children the correct patterns for printing, and to avoid bad habits that are difficult to change as the child gets older. "


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($9.99, iPad Only)


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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters by L'Escapadou

From iTunes:
"Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation. The app is fully customizable to suit every child's needs, and lets you check their progress through a system of reports and profiles. You can even add your own word lists!"

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($2.99, iPad Only)


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School Writing - Learn to write and more. (Australia/New Zealand) by demografix pty ltd

From iTunes:
"Students intuitively trace pre-handwriting shapes, uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, words or whiteboard images that you import with the touch of a finger. Hear and see letters, words and numbers with customised associated images and sounds.

School Writing allows the teacher or parent to create lessons using written instructions, unique images and audio instructions, to which the student can respond using written and audio recordings. This 'open scaffold' enables the lessons to be words, number or symbols and extends the use of School Writing far beyond early education. Completed lessons can be automatically emailed to the teacher or parent with the student’s tracings and recordings included."


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($4.99, iPad Only)


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Intro to Letters by Montessorium, LLC

From iTunes:
"YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN:
✔ Consonants and vowels
✔ Fine motor skills
✔ Basic foundations of language
✔ Phonograms - writing and pronunciation
✔ Capital letters - letter names, writing and pronunciation
✔ To read, write and understand letters from a-z
✔ Lowercase letter symbols and their sounds (phonics)"


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($4.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Touch and Write by FizzBrain LLC

From iTunes:
"Kids love learning to write - especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! "Touch and Write" was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning letters by writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! "Touch and Write" uses a letter style similar to those most commonly taught in schools, so it prepares children for a real classroom. "Touch and Write" also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience for your child! And it comes with 6 of its own word lists, including the most important words for young children to learn – high frequency sight words!"

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($2.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Cas earned her pen license in Year 4 but has since had it revoked for messy handwriting. Thankfully she knows how to touch type.

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