Audience: Anyone looking for apps for kids in the toddler or preschool range, including apps recommended for speech, social skills and basic concepts
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Zoe wrote: Hi guys! I have just bought a second iPad for my daughter's so they have one each . I am wanting a full list of your apps that you recommend, both special needs and general. I have a NT 2yr old and a 4yr old with asd who needs help with speech, social skills and basic concepts.
The following are answers from our readers:
Chandra: My Playhome and My Playhome Stores, The Monster At The End Of This Book, Lingu Pinguin, Super Why, Letter School
by Shimon Young
My PlayHome is the original and best dolls house app. Massively interactive, your kids can explore and use everything in the house. The characters eat, sleep, shower, brush their teeth and more. Want the room to be darker? Close the drapes! Fancy a change in music? Pop a different CD into the stereo!
No other doll house app comes close in interactivity, detail, ease of use and just plain fun!
If you would like to download My Playhome ($3.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Shimon Young
New from the creators of the award winning "My PlayHome"!
"My PlayHome Stores" allows your child to explore an open play world and play store without making a mess of your house! Take a walk down the street and look around 4 beautifully hand illustrated stores, all in stunning retina-display clarity.
Fancy a treat? Make yourself an ice cream and grab a slushie of your favorite color! Bored with your outfit? Choose a new one in the clothing store! Make yourself a juice drink at the fruit shop! Fill up a shopping cart in the supermarket and scan the items at the checkout!
"My PlayHome Stores" has no time limits, scores or power ups. Just free play that powers your child's imagination.
"My PlayHome Stores" is also fully integrated with the original "My PlayHome" app so you can bring everything back home!
If you would like to download My Playhome Stores ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Sesame Street
The Monster at the End of This Book enhances the classic Sesame Street book with a completely immersive experience that draws children right into the story. Join lovable, furry old Grover as he tries his very hardest to tie down pages and build brick walls— all to keep readers away from the monster at the end of this book. The all-time favorite you loved as a child comes alive for today’s young readers with interactive play, plus touch-point animation.
Families can share this giggle-filled story together in a brand-new way that children will ask to read again and again. The Monster at the End of This Book is a truly enchanting reading experience for kids—and monsters—of all ages.
If you would like to download The Monster at the End of This Book ($4.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Elevision GmbH
Language-learning app for preschoolers
Make language come to life!
This intuitive and colorful app for preschoolers is easy to understand through the combination of image and sound. Educational studies have shown that children of a young age are highly receptive to language learning and articulative expression. With LinguPinguin, curious children encounter a playful approach to learning foreign languages.
Nine different visual worlds and a total of ninety funny objects are made available to explore. When tapped, each object comes to life with hilarious animated movements and sounds revealing the spoken word for the object in the native tongue or chosen foreign language. A creative language-learning adventure!
If you would like to download LinguPinguin ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by PBS Kids
Help your child achieve the Power to Read with this collection of four SUPER WHY interactive literacy games. Your child can play along with each of the four main characters from the TV series: Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red, and, of course, Super Why, while practicing the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing and reading. Super Duper!
ABOUT SUPER WHY!
The SUPER WHY app from PBS KIDS was developed by Bean Creative in partnership with PBS and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the producers of the breakthrough preschool series SUPER WHY. The series is designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn (and love) to read! For more exciting SUPER WHY online games, music and activities visit pbskids.org/superwhy.
If you would like to download Super Why! ($2.99, iPhone/iPad 2x), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Sanoma Media Netherlands B.V
* many awesome games with different learning approaches
* two challenging levels for twice the fun and twice the practice
* impressive free-form writing in advanced level
* highly effective visual and auditory feedback
* stunning graphics, exciting effects and sleek animations
* characters at maximum scale regardless of device orientation
* choice out of three most popular typefaces in handwriting education
* scorekeeping: star-tokens and self-written characters in menu
* progress and settings stored for up to three players
Recommended for ages 3–7
If you would like to download LetterSchool ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
Free Lite Version
Cathy: Teach me apps, write my name, starfall apps, lakeshore and super duper apps are great too. (Note: Super Duper Publications is listed in the other part of this list)
TeachMe: Toddler is an educational iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app which teaches six different preschool appropriate subjects: letters, abc phonics (letter sounds), numbers, shapes, colors and counting. Parents can choose which topics they want their child to learn and even choose specific questions. Parents can review performance history for each subject to check on how their child is doing.
TeachMe: Kindergarten is an educational iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app which teaches six different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction, spelling and now writing letters and numbers. Parents can select which subjects they want, set different difficulty levels, and even choose specific questions. Parents can review performance history for each subject to check how their child is doing.
If you would like to download TeachMe: Toddler ($0.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
If you would like to download TeachMe: Kindergarten ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
Write My Name
Developed by experts and endorsed by parents and teachers, Write My Name is a fun way for children to practice writing letters, words, names and phrases. Write My Name supports children ages 4 through 6 to learn how to write their name, trace uppercase and lowercase letters, and write over 100 familiar sight/Dolch words. Write My Name meets some of the basic reading and writing Common Core State Standards for kindergarten such as the introduction and mastery of print and word recognition concepts.
Students with Special Needs
Write My Name is for children with special needs to help them practice emerging writing skills in a fun and playful way. Children with name writing as one of their IEP (individual education program) goals will especially benefit from the Write My Name learning application as it makes this task accessible and achievable to children with fine motor delays and sensory processing issues.
If you would like to download Write My Name ($3.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Starfall Education
The "ABCs" section of Starfall.com's well-loved website is now available as a universal application for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Our activities motivate through positive reinforcement and play. (Note: App contains the ABC letter section only, NOT the whole website)
Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters and develop skills that will ensure they become confident leaders. All children, and especially English language learners, benefit.
If you would like to download Starfall ABCs ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:
by Starfall Education
At last, all the content from Starfall.com's Learn to Read index in an app!
Since 2002 Children around the world have learned to read with Zac the Rat — and your child will too! Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Your child will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.
If you would like to download Starfall Learn to Read ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link: