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These apps are intended to help special-needs students build communication skills

special-communicationTechnology facilitates faster and easier communication for everyone, and it plays a unique role in helping students with special needs develop important verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Here, we’ve gathered a handful of special education communication apps summarized on APPitic.com, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories.

[Editor’s note: eSchool News has not reviewed these apps, but has selected some that may help you meet your instructional needs.]

1. Eye Contact, $2.99 
Eye contact is a social skill that some children find challenging. This game helps them practice the skill while earning fun rewards.

(Next page: Seven more APPitic apps for special-needs communication)

2. iCommunicate, $49.99
iCommunicate lets you design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards, and more. It is customizable to your needs.

3. Peekaboo, Free
The game contains visual, verbal, and auditory cues and can be setup as recreation from toddlers, as cue cards to learn animal names in Spanish or English, or with the written names displayed as a cue before the animal is revealed to nurture intrinsic visual reading skills in toddlers.

4. Proloquo2Go, $219.99 
Proloquo2Go is an award-winning symbol-supported communication app providing a voice to over 100,000 individuals around the world who are unable to speak.

5. SoundingBoard, Free 
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.

6. TouchChat, $149.99
TouchChat HD for iPad is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.

7. Alexicom Elements Child Home, $19.99 
A collection of linked augmentative communication pages for a child in the home environment. Includes pages for eating, drinking, feelings, needs, getting dressed, washing up, sensory toys, favorites, books, songs, people games, and much more. This version uses real photos.

8. iVocalize, $9.99  
iVocalize offers alternative and augmentative communication app for those with speech disabilities.

 

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