I love technology. Matthew does too. He likes my laptop and my iPhone. I've downloaded several iPhone apps for him.
ABA Flash cards (free) by Kindergarten.com - Actions, Alphabet, Zoo Animals, Fruit & Nuts, Emotions
Real life pictures with the word for the picture on top. Voice audio says the word clearly. It can be turned off. Pictures can be ordered alphabetically or shuffled.
Blow up balloons by blowing into the talking end of the iPhone. Shake the iPhone to create different animals with the balloons.
A game that's great for auditory and visual memory. A sequence of buttons flash on the screen. The challenge is to repeat the sequence in order with a new flash added to the sequence when successful. The goal is to match as many buttons in a row.
iPlay 'n Learn
Flashcards with letters, colors and shapes. Nice educational app but I think the voice is too fast for Matthew to follow. I'm also not impressed with the letter tracing feature on this app. It's not very easy to follow. I prefer iWrite Words for tracing letters.
iTouch iLearn Words
Features a match-the-word game and matching a picture to the word on the screen. Matthew isn't developmentally ready for this app yet.
Letter-tracing educational app with easy-to-follow tracing guide.
Learn Sight Words ($0.99)
300 of the most frequently used words in the English language. I think this is the dolch list. Blue letters on white background.
Learn to Talk
Flashcards featuring high impact words, objects and labels, one word actions, two word actions. Tapping the word on the card spells it if spelling is enabled. Tapping the letter on the card flips it over to show the uppercase and lowercase form with audio of the letter, but not how the letter sounds.
Model Me Going Places (free)
Picture slideshows for modeling social skills. Limited to hairdresser, mall, doctor, playground, grocery store and restaurant.
Talking Tom (free)
A cat that repeats whatever is said to him.
A tool for non-verbal kids to communicate. I have it on my iPhone but I haven't tried it with Matthew.
Fun freeplay on the interactive piano.
Voice Toddler Cards – the talking flashcards ($.99)
Real life pictures with words underneath. Flashcards of letters, numbers, food, animals, objects). Own voice can be recorded for the picture or a default is also available in English or Spanish. Flashcards can be set to autoforward or manual tapping on the screen.
Wheels on the Bus
Poke or slide things on the screen for surprise actions. Own voice can be recorded singing the song.
More iPhone Apps
Here's a list of educational iPhone apps I've seen or heard of but haven't downloaded:
Baby's Animal Show
Which Doesn't Belong
Which Goes Together
Other Blogs That Have Listed Favorite iPhone Apps:
Yo Mamma Mamma
Sue Mayer - Special Needs Mom
What are your favorite iPhone Apps for kids?
If you have a blog and have written about your favorite iPhone kid apps, please share the link and I will add it to the list.
Here are more resources.
- a .pdf file listing 200 iPhone & iPod Touch Apps for Special Education.
- Apps for Children with Special Needs
- Lunchbox Reviews: The Best Kids Apps Reviewed