Thursday, January 1, 2015

Updated: 2014 Edition of our Top 100 Best Apps of the Year -- Part 1

Wow, 2014 has been a year full of great apps! Whether you have been following our website all year, or if you are new, you will not want to miss our HUGE list of the Top 100 Apps from 2014! We put together this comprehensive list covering Speech and Language apps, book apps, math, science, handwriting and more. Because I am feeling generous, I also included links to some of our top posts, such as FREE Disney and LEGO apps, Top Apps for children with Autism and links to all the apps available from some of our favorite developers. Enjoy!

There are also some great apps on our 2013 Edition Top Apps of the Year, but here are the latest!

** 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 prices we list are verified to be correct at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

Speech/Language and Vocabulary apps:

1. Conversation Therappy from Tactus Therapy
5 stars from Heather H
Use this professional speech therapy app to target higher-level expressive language, pragmatic, problem-solving, speech & cognitive-communication goals for older children, teens and adults.

($24.99, iPad/iPhone, and FREE Lite version)

*Be sure to check all the other great apps from Tactus Therapy

2. LinguaPix by Expressive Solutions
4.5 stars from Heather H
LinguaPix is an engaging iPad app for individuals to practice expressive language skills in three activities: Flashcards, Matching, and Pick or Spin.

$29.99, iPad only or FREE Lite version



3. ArtikPix by Expressive Solutions LLC
4.5 stars from Rachel H
An engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays

$29.99, iPad/iPhone, or FREE Lite Version


4. Minimal Pairs Academy from Smarty Ears
4 stars from Jenni
Use Minimal Pairs Academy to help your student or child develop listening and discrimination skills and have fun practicing producing target words at the word and phrase level.


*Be sure to check all the other great apps from Smarty Ears

5. Articulation Test Center from Little Bee Speech
4.5 stars from Rachel J
Articulation Test Center is an articulation and phonology test developed as both an informal assessment and a measure to monitor progress in speech development. It was created to be used as a supplemental assessment in conjunction with standardized tests.

$49.99, iPad only


6. StoryBuilder by Mobile Education Store LLC
Designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference.

$7.99, iPad Version          $5.99, iPhone Version
   
*You will want to be sure to check all the other great apps from Mobile Education Store LLC

7. Laureate First Words by Laureate Learning Systems, Inc
4.5 stars from Rachel H
Uses a clinical expert system to teach young learners with special needs 50 early nouns. This proven, research-based approach has helped thousands of children build communication skills.

$19.99, iPad only


8. Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd 
4.5 Stars from Rachel H
Key Word Kids is an educational therapy program app, supporting children's language development by increasing their understanding of instructions through Key Words.

$23.99, iPad Only


9. Opposites 1 by My First Apps 
Opposites helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, relations, generalization and abstraction. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills.

FREE, iPhone/iPad



10. Splingo's Language Universe by The Speech and Language Store LLC 
An exceptionally high-quality, interactive game designed by Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists to help children learn listening and language skills
($2.99, iPad/iPhone)


11. Magical Concepts by Virtual Speech Center Inc.
This engaging, colorful app includes over 2000 photos accompanied by audio instructions. Children are welcomed by Mago the Magician, who encourages them to work hard.

$9.99, iPad/iPhone


12. Understanding Inferences Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications
Select the cards you want students to see, and have them answer questions or complete sentences to help boost their inferencing and reasoning skills.

$3.99, iPad/iPhone



13. Feed Maxi by Speak Eazy Apps
Maxi requests, comments & uses simple sign language to enhance a number of communication skills.

$2.99, iPad only


14. ABC Actions by Peapod Labs
Time to learn those fun action words! We challenged ourselves to use our award-winning ABC Series to teach children about verbs and action words through sight, sound & touch.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone

*View all of the fantastic apps from the ABC Series and more.

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For use in therapy or at home:

15. Make Dice by hmm
(Sarah likes to use this app with her Speech Therapy clients but there are many different uses.)
You can make dice anywhere anytime on the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone or FREE Lite version


16. Turn Taker by Touch Autism
Turn Taker uses visual and audio cues to facilitate turn taking and sharing for any child. The app also includes an illustrated social story about game play and sharing.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone


17. Model Me Going Places 2 by Model Me Kids, LLC 
A great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community.

(FREE, iPad/iPhone)



18. 30/30 by Binary Hammer
You set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task.

FREE, iPad/iPhone


19. iRewardChart: Parents Reward Tracker Behavior Chore chart by GotClues, Inc.
iRewardChart makes it easy to reward your children for good behavior and keep them motivated.

FREE, iPad/iPhone


20. Choiceworks by Bee Visual
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

$6.99, iPad/iPhone


21. Sharing Timer by Handhold Adaptive, LLC
Animated timers and sound effects show kids when it’s time to take turns. To set up, just choose your players, activity, and turn length. Press “Start,” and watch kids share like never before!

$0.99, iPad/iPhone



22. Notability by Ginger Labs
The one place to create, share, and manage your notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone


Continue onto Page 2: Apps for Autism community, Emotions and Creative Play



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Rachel H wants go curl up with a book in front of the fire on this cold, rainy day, but she's going to go grow crystals with her daughter's new science kit instead.

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