31 days:Truth iPads & Apps

TRUTH is I really have been waiting for the day that the Rock is interested in the iPad, why? you ask...
because there are so many learning apps that I hope will help him talk. 
Yep! That's right talk. We are all pleased with the progress the Rock is making, however he needs to be able to do more. We need all kinds of different ways to motivate him and I hope and pray the iPad will do just that.

It all started with him watching his big bro work the iPad magic. Now the Rock brings it to me to turn it on. I make him ask me to use it. (make him by signing the words "I" "want""iPad""please", when I sign these words he says them out loud) This process is fascinating to me. Why does he HAVE to mimick (by signs or voice) someone else in order to get the words out. I may never know that answer but I sure would love to. 
Technology is incredible and I hope that it can be a help the Rock break threw barriers.

Do you have apps you love that you think we need, please please share!

Here is what one of our wonderful Speech Therapists gave to us........
Free Picture Communication Apps
iComm-take pics with your ipad and put them in 8 categories with yes no choice to confirm the one the child has picked
Tap to Talk-free basic starter for Ipad;  includes some preprogrammed messages 
pic a word-12 choice photo board preprogrammed with messages adapts to 4 x 3, 3x3, 3x2, and 3x1 board 
Picture board- 20 categories of photos with specific choices under each category (food, clothes, plants, home) and other categories under these (fruits, bathroom, kitchen, etc.)
Free Picture Communication Apps
Picture Card Maker-FREE;  Incorporate photos from your Camera Roll on the iPad 2 and make them into Picture cards;  label them and record the message then organize them into an album.  You can create picture schedule this way or use them just for flash cards;  you can also print them out.
TapToTalk for iPad: FREE; get starter album for free and go to http://taptotalk.com/free for more free albums
Visual Working For-FREE; allows you put photos from iPad into a schedule form to show what you are working for
Free Memory Match Apps
Farm Flips-12 location memory matching game with farm animals that make the sound when you find the match
Vocab PCS-Mayer Johnson pic syms in a memory game;  farm match is free;  4, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 20 location boards
Guess’em-FREE;  Similar to Guess Who;  ask questions to guess who your partner is thinking about.
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox-has matching, colors, counting (1:1 correspondence), shapes, puzzles, size concepts, letter recognition and more…99 cents
Photo Concepts- left/ right, above/ below, near/ far;  same/different, big/small, not, middle, short/tall, top/bottom touch photos as directed;  99 cents
Preschool Touch-FREE  touch farm animals as directed; great for one step directions and vocabulary
Peekaboo! Lite- FREE Listen to the farm animal and match the sound to the picture
Clean Up-FREE-Helps with categorization;  drag photo items to the correct location (closet, basket (fruits), or toy box).
Together-FREE-touch the item that goes together best with the photo on top
ABA Belong-FREE;  follow the verbal direction to touch the one that does not belong
Build it up-FREE-sequencing game that helps children learn how to organize or sequence objects (snowman, blocks, etc.)
Wheels On The Bus-99 cents;  sings the wheels on the bus song and allows child to interact, open and shut door, spin wheels, etc. 
Animal Book-Free:  line drawing that links to photos of real animals and says the name of the animal and makes the sound
Opposites-FREE;  touch a picture and pick it’s opposite
Match it up 3-Free:  pick items that go together best
Families-MyFristApp.com; Free- helps children choose what other item goes in a pictured category
PlayHomeLite-Free; Go to the living room and kitchen and turn on the lights, the oven, the stove, put plates on the table etc.;  good for vocabulary, following directions, etc.
Gingerbread Fun-FREE-  Take part in making a gingerbread man or other cookies from the rolling to the cooking to the eating. 
What is it?  FREE;  basic photo i.d. task asks the question, touch the pic and it names the item
Animals 4 Kids Lite-FREE; different pics of animals with the name (5 languages supported);  photo of the animal and its sound.
Mobi Pizza-FREE; make our own pizza, choose toppings, bake it, etc.  Good for sequencing and vocabulary.
Kids Patterns-FREE cognitive pattern skills;  fill in the patterns;  preschool to kindergarten age types of tasks
Where’s Puppy-FREE; Fisher Price Laugh and Learn;  puppy comes out and identifies body parts when you touch them
Families 1-FREE;  choose the member of the family/category that goes with the others
Locabulary Lite-Free; has moods, assistance, restaurants, and area for your own categories;  Let’s you compose messages using predicted words and gives you the part of speech (verbs, nouns, etc.). Keyboard  to  type message and speak  it
Verbally; FREE  keyboard with a list of frequently used words and phrases ready to use. Word prediction as well.

ArtixPix-gives you one free /th/ deck then lets you purchase other decks for $1.99 (k, g, f, v, ch,s,s-blends, l, r-blends, r, z, l-blends, p, b, n, t, d, m, j)
Talking Tom/T-Rex, Santa, etc-Free- Funny cat repeats exactly what the child says as they have said it (helps for recognition of errors);  also help to get kids to initiate speech.
Pocket SLP-$29.99 real photo artic cards and diagrams showing placement (palate and side views); auditory feedback as well
Articulate It-$38.99-over 1,000 photos in all sounds of the English language, voice recording, can group sounds by manner or articulation or phonological process
Story Builder-$3.99; asks questions and provides a visual cue to help students use complete sentences to tell an original story.  They then listen back and hear the story.  You can have them listen and write the story down after they listen to it.
Story Wheel- FREE;  record a story by the wheel to get a picture and then narrate a portion of the story.  When done you can listen to your story with animated pictures. 
Mad Libs-$1.99;  Use words provided under specific parts of speech to create silly stories.
Clicky Sticky and Sticker Stories- 99 cents to $1.99 each; following directions, learning, reward,  creating a story, sequencing, etc.
Amazing Animals-FREE;  great photos of a variety of animals for eliciting stories or teaching vocabulary and descriptors.
400 Amazing World-FREE;  National Geographic photos of places around the world to generate discussion and stories 
WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY? FREE; Read about past events that happened in history on a specific day;  good for older kids who may need a conversation starter or who enjoy his kind of info. 
Story Patch-$2.99;  Help children create their own stories and import pictures or use 800 illustrations included
Toontastic-$1.99-Empowers kids to draw, animate, and share cartoons through imaginative play.
What’s That Sound?-FREE-gives you a choice of 2 or 3 pics and then you touch the pic. That corresponds to the correct sound.
My Scene-FREE;  children listen to the directions given by the caregiver to put the ___,  in a certain location;  work on prepositions, location words and following directions (1-step, 2-step, etc.)

Glow Draw-FREE
Draw Free-FREE
Paint Sparkles-FREE

Barbie I Can Be-FREE;  Career Barbie that can make pizza, bake, be a vet; can work on vocab. and sequencing
Barbie Fashionista-FREE;  dress up Barbie
Dress Up Baby-FREE;  dress up a doll in a variety of outfits;  good for vocabulary, following directions, motivation, etc.
Fun Fireworks-FREE; touch and fireworks explode 
Fireworks 123-FREE:  Let’s the child choose, size, color and number of fireworks to explode
Bubble Shooter Free-tap on the screen to shoot the ball/bubble;  fun for a reward or to get kids to touch and follow the bubbles with more precision.

Touch Trainer Lite-FREE;  touch the item on the page and it moves with music to reinforce continued use of pointer to touch
Gravitarium Lite –FREE;  combines music, art and science to create different animations paired with music for relaxation.
Audio Memos SE- The Voice Recorder;  FREE;  record language samples, etc. and listen to them;  use for taking notes; high quality recordings
Dragon Dictation App; Free;   lets you record and talk 5x faster than you can type info.; send e-mails, do homework, create documents

Kindergarten.com:  FREE or 99 cents; flashcards for actions, things, fruits, receptive i.d., problem solving, 
My First Apps:  FREE;  photos of various vocabulary items:  actions, animals, baby things, etc.; shows the word and says it
iTouchiLearn FREE:  touch pictures to see a little movie depicting the word and words that go with it;  also letter and puzzle games with words;  touch the pic. That matches the word game also
Mickey’s Spooky Night-99 cents fun interactive story with Mickey and a spooky theme
Zanny Born to Run-about $2.99-fun interactive story about a boy who loves to run; includes a feelings faces game that is a lot of fun 
Halloween Book-FREE;  tells a cute story and works on answering Where questions?  can also get a PDF copy at amylaurent.com
Making Pizza-FREE;  easy level book that can also work on sequencing, prediction and storytelling.
LittleMouse Lite-FREE;  Book format with vocabulary items that are interactive; feed the food to the man, give the mouse items, clean up items;  word is in print and said;
The Little Book of ABC-FREE;  book with all letters of the alphabet.  Reads and highlights the letter and words as it goes.
3D Brain-FREE:  Touch the screen to rotate and zoom around the brain and see how each brain region functions and what happens when it is injured.
UPPER RESPIRATORY VIRTUAL LAB-FREE; Explore the upper airway with a 3D simulator.  See the nasal passages all the way down to the trachea.
BrainPOP-Free;  Watch an animated movie about a topic and take a quiz at the end;  e.g., movie about mars; captioning is included for reading along.
Toddler ABC Lite-FREE;  trace letters;  pick letters out in a reveal the picture game; sing the ABC song; ABC free

Going Places-FREE;  videos from Model Me Kids for getting hair cut, going to the mall, playground, doctor, grocery store, and restaurant
SOCIAL SKILLS Sampler or SOCIAL HD:  FREE video modeling stories about being polite, joining groups, apologizing, following directions, etc.

iTranslate-FREE;  type in the word, phrase, etc.  and it translates it in the written word;  has the capability to speak it also
Google Translate-FREE;  speak your phrase, word, etc. and it will translate and speak it in the language you choose

Gum Drop Case-$59.95 on Amazon
Complete security for the iPad 2, including screen and port covers Dual material construction for multiple layers of shock absorption Reinforced rubber bumpers on the corners Includes replaceable integrated screen cover for protection during use Full protection of ports and screen Replaceable integrated screen cover and belt clip
Specifically for the Apple iPad 2 

Otterbox iPad 2 Defender Case;  $49.95;  other Otterbox products go higher;  see at Amazon as well


  1. I don't know if you know about this app already, but Sounding Board is a great picture communication app. Simple, easy to use, and my low-level AAC learners catch on so quickly. ProLoQuo and SonoFlex are so complex, so I like this one.

  2. This is a great list, it's always fun to discover new app. I think there is one that's missing in the social story section, Social Story Creator. It's free and really easy to use. It's been a godsend when making social stories for all my students, no more board maker, laminator and scissors!

  3. Dose anyone know of a schedule or things to do app.

  4. Dose anyone know of a schedule or things to do app.