On the first grouping in our Top 100 App of the Year we covered speech and language apps as well as apps which may be useful in therapy. In this second part we will list apps helpful for children with Autism or other similar special needs, apps to help teach emotions as well as some to help foster creative play. Still to come: math, science, reading, handwriting and more!
Apps for the Autism community and other similar special needs:
23. Birdhouse for Autism by Birdhouse LLC
Easily keep a running, searchable journal of your child's daily activities like sleep, medications/supplements, moods, therapies, poop, meltdown, food, and other activities, so you can figure out what's working and what needs to be changed, and have everything on you whenever you need access to it.
(FREE, iPhone/iPadx2 and Android)
24. Avaz Pro — AAC App for Autism by Avaz Inc
4.5 stars from Rachel H
Avaz, a full-featured AAC app, has been developed for children who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking. Avaz has been designed with the vision of making every voice heard! Avaz is child- and caregiver-friendly, and helps therapists and educators to bring out the maximum potential in children.
$149.99, iPad only
25. Let's Do Basic Concepts by Kids Can Talk, LLC
Children will have fun while learning important basic concepts (Option 1) necessary for simple direction following. They will also exercise their imagination while listening to the 3 songs (Option 2) and playing with all the toys, animals, bubbles, and cars!
$4.99, iPad only
26. Dexteria Jr by BinaryLabs
4 Stars from Shelly
This app addresses several areas of fine motor development. The easy to use and interactive games allow children (ages 2-6) to work on fine motor skills in a fun and interesting way.
27. Let's Be Social! by Everyday Speech
With 40 premium lessons written by ASHA certified SLP's, and the ability to create customized lessons from scratch in minutes using your own pictures and text, Let's be Social is a powerful tool designed to help special needs professionals and parents teach social skills to those that struggle with social communication.
28. Social Skills Sampler by The Conover Company
This sampler includes 62 of the most common topics in the Functional Social Skills System. Included in the program are the topics of meeting/greeting people, taking responsibility, being polite and courteous, joining others in groups, apologizing/excusing self, following directions and handling criticism.
FREE, iPad version FREE, iPhone version
*Check the other 3 FREE Video Modeling Apps in this series.
Helps people of all ages learn new skills by watching video clips of others doing the skill. The person watches a series of video clips, each of which shows a part of the skill.
30. ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong? by By Innovative Mobile Apps
Instead of asking kids to find "the circle" or the "red square" the "what does not belong apps" display 4 images and require the child to identify the one item that is different.
*Don't forget to check these other 50 FREE apps from Innovation Mobile apps!
Created by teachers and tested by students, this app offers maximum fun with hilarious illustrations and lots of jokes!
*You may also want to check out our Top 12 Apps for Children with Autism
Apps to help with learning Emotions:
4.5 Stars by Rachel H
Are you feeling delighted? Astonished? Anxious? “Feel Electric!” explores all these emotions and more!
Feeling Cards features four video modeling calming poses and over 75 emotion photographs. These poses include: gross motor imitation skills as well as other movements developed to calm the body.
34. Emotionary by Me.Mu By leehsueh
An emotion diary tool designed for therapists (primarily speech-language therapists) or teachers who work with children and adolescents with autism, autism spectrum disorders, or similar mental disabilities.
An educational tool designed in collaboration with a Speech Language Pathologist that allows you to introduce new concepts, practice identifying emotions, taking perspective / theory of mind, in a fun and simple way.
You may also want to check out Top 12 FREE Emotions apps
Fun games to help with creativity:
36. Live Colors for Kids by Omega-R Inc
5 stars from Heather S
A finger painting app that allows children to color using any color they want, but it has suggested colors for children learning to match and copy.
37. 101 Animal Puzzles for Kids by Little Clever
4.5 stars from Heather H
The customization is amazing, and with 101 animal puzzles for just one low price (no in-app purchases), this should be the first puzzle app to consider.
Explore the school and play at being teacher, experiment in the science room, take lunch in the cafeteria or even mop the corridors!
*Don't miss this full video demonstration of My PlayHome School from Smart Apps for Kids:
39. GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine by GoldieBlox
Make your own movies with GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine! Draw, color, sticker, and photograph your way into the Bloxtown film festival by animating your own digital shorts with just a little innovation and a flick of the finger.
40. Minecraft – Pocket Edition by Mojang
Play the biggest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition so far! It’s the overhaul of a generation. Download it now and see for yourself!
*Love Minecraft already, go over and see our list of SIXTY FIVE free Minecraft themed learning activities!
In this FREE version, help Dipper and Mabel defend against creatures from all sides in this wild and funny strategy game that features the Mystery Shack and 10 waves of excitement.
*Don't miss our full list of 100+ FREE Disney apps!
42. LEGO® FUSION Town Master by LEGO
YOU are the Town Master! Rule your town and create it any way you want, with real LEGO bricks!
*Check out the other 48 FREE apps from LEGO
43. Dr. Panda's Mailman by TribePlay
5 Stars from Kelli
Take hold of the handlebars and get ready to ride in Dr. Panda’s Mailman! Explore a world filled with mountains, houses, rivers, forests and more as you deliver mail to over 10 animals—all with their own unique personalities!
*Be sure to check all the other great apps from the Dr Panda series
44. Toca Nature by Toca Boca
Shape nature and watch it develop. Plant trees and grow a forest. Raise a mountain and enjoy the view. Collect berries, mushrooms or nuts, and feed the different animals.
*Be sure to check all the other great free-play apps from Toca Boca
Help Maxwell acquire the Starite by creating any object, bringing it to life and using it to solve each challenge. Let your imagination run wild in this groundbreaking puzzle game.
These adorable little creatures play and sing inside blocks that are built into awesome shapes like trains, elephants, and submarines! It's the most delightful musical block-building puzzle game ever.
Pictures come to life with "Squiggles!", a revolutionary new educational drawing app for young children.
FREE, iPad version
48. Build and Play 3D — Planes Special Edition by Croco Studios
4.5 Stars from Kelli
Packed with airplanes ready for assembly, this app is bursting with thoughtful designs and an engaging interface. Perfect for kids aged 5 and under!
Comes with more than 30 drawing prompts – simple questions designed to inspire your child’s imagination.
Continue onto Part 3 for Early Education, Math, and Science Apps
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