Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Top 10 Recommended Apps for Visuals


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Nora asked: Does anyone have any good recommendations for apps they use for visuals?

Below is the resulting list of apps, in no particular order.

Picture Card Maker by Bo Innovations

From iTunes:
"Picture Card Maker is an ideal tool for parents and educators. It is a simple-to-use program that allows you to create Picture Cards or Visuals to be used for communication, reading and many other educational purposes. These picture cards may either be used directly over your device as a communication tool or they may be printed off and used in communication folders and as visuals in the home or classroom.

The 'Choice Board' feature will allow your child/student to make choices directly over your device and the 'Sentence Strip' feature will help expand your child/student's vocabulary. Picture card Maker can be used by people of all ages including young toddlers learning to talk to adults who struggle with speech. It is also designed to benefit children/adults with a disability such as those with autism who have difficulty communicating their needs and wants"

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Picture Card Maker - For Communication and More
(Free, iPad/iPhone)
   

Picture Card Maker Plus
($5.99, iPad/iPhone)


** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.

Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as Good Free Apps of the Day are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

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Choiceworks by Bee Visual

From iTunes: 
"The Choiceworks app is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, & night), understand & control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting). Created with the support of leading hospitals and child development specialists, this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child’s independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at home and in the community. It can also be customized for teachers in a school setting" 

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

($6.99, iPad/iPhone)


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 FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD by Good Karma Applications, Inc

This app was reviewed by Heather H. on Smart Apps for Kids.  It received 4 out of 5 stars and the following was stated:

"Bottom Line: This well-designed tool for creating visual schedules and choice boards for individuals with autism and others comes with a huge symbol library and the ability to add photos, videos, text and voice to any routine" 

You can see the whole review by clicking here.

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

($14.99, iPad/iPhone)


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SoundingBoard by AbleNet

From iTunes:
"SoundingBoard transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into the latest in communication technology. In just minutes, you can create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own photos. Perfect for children in special education, persons on the autism spectrum, and adults with disabilities." 

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

(Free, iPad/iPhone)

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 Stop Go! by Generate Learning

From iTunes:
"A simple to use timer in the form of a traffic light. Set whether you want it to run red-amber-green or green-amber-red, set the times in minutes and seconds and then off it goes! A bell chimes as each light changes.

Designed to be used as a behavioral aid for children - set the lights to go from green to red to time an activity ("10 minutes of quiet play before bed time" or to time siblings turns on the playstation!) or from red to green as a timeout timer."

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

(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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 Timer+ Touch HD by SixAxis

From iTunes:
"Make every moment count with this visual Timer App. This is the most intuitive timer app available in the app store.

Touch the app and move your fingers in clockwise direction to set time.

Timer is shown in different colors for

- Minutes in RED
- Hours in BLUE
- Seconds in GREEN

- 18+ alarm ringers to choose from"

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

($1.99, iPad Only)


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Visual Cue by Sanghoon Lee

From iTunes:
"Who is a visual thinker?
Research by Child Development Theorist suggests that less than 30% of the population strongly uses visual/spatial thinking, another 45% uses both visual/spatial thinking and thinking in the form of words, and 25% thinks exclusively in words. - Wikipedia

Why is it sometimes so hard to get kids to follow a vocal direction?
It might be because they are visual thinkers. They can get more information through a picture than a few words. Sometimes the general term for an object doesn’t have a meaningful signal for them. They need to see what exactly comes next.

So, we are proudly providing five useful tools for them to communicate through pictures"


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

Visual Cue
($14.99, iPad/iPhone)

Visual Cue Lite:
(Free, iPad/iPhone)

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Visual Scheduler by TOMATO Co.

From iTunes:
"Manage your schedule with simple interface and operation.

The Tomato Scheduler that can easily be used by anyone.
You can manage your schedules with selecting tables and buttons on a screen.

●Features:
Schedule View
If you run Tomato Scheduler, it shows your schedules with user selected colors.
In addition, you can choose other schedules by selecting a date from a calendar on the top-left of the screen.

Schedule Details View
If you want to confirm details of a schedule, touch your schedule on the pie chart and the title displayed,
it shows more information of the schedule.

Switching form
If you touch the outside of a pie chart, it will be switched to a timetable"

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

(Free, iPad/iPhone)

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Working4 by Pyramid Educational Consultants

From iTunes:
"Everybody likes a visual reinforcement system. Using this app, you can let someone know what he’s working for, how much work he needs to do, and how close he is to earning a reward for that work. You can use this for lessons in school, chores at home, getting your children to eat their vegetables, and much more! Start the app by selecting the number of tokens (1-5) your student must earn. Then set up your student's reinforcer choice board by selecting 1-6 items from our pre-loaded symbol library or your own photo library. To delete a picture from the teacher choice screen just press down on an image for 5 seconds. Show the choice board to your student to select what to work for and then begin your lesson. Each time a student earns a token, slide a token to the empty dot. Once the student has earned all of his tokens, push the "cash in" button to show your student what he's earned! The token board resets to start the next deal or you can create a new choice board for your student to select a new reinforcer."

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

($1.99, iPad/iPhone)
   

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Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare

From iTunes:
"Proloquo2Go® provides a “voice” to over 50,000 individuals around the world, who are unable to speak or have difficulty speaking. Proloquo2Go enables people to talk using symbols or typed text in a natural-sounding voice that suits their age and character.

“Users can open Proloquo2Go and begin to use it for effective communication immediately.” - Susan Berkowitz, MS-SLP, AAC Consultant.

Proloquo2Go, an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution from AssistiveWare®, is for anyone who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a dedicated AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers, and parents recommend Proloquo2Go for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury."

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

($219.99, iPad/iPhone)

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Heather S. needs to set a visual timer for herself when doing laundry because she always gets busy and forgets about moving laundry.

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