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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Many, many helpful apps



The apps listed here are available for iOS, Android devices, or both. More information can be found by googling the name of the app.

SELF-REGULATION

At Ease: Relieves anxiety through meditation, mental exercises, and journaling. Goal is deep lasting change.

Autism 5-point Scale EP: Help users with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities to communicate and regulate in emergency situations.

Breathe, Think, Do: App developed by Sesame Street, helps students calm down and solve everyday problems by helping a monster take big breaths, think of a plan, and try it out.

Calm Myself Down: Uses ABA (applied behavior analysis) techniques to help user (particularly those with autism spectrum disorders) stay calm and in control

Digital Problem Solver: Teaches users to identify emotions of characters and to help characters self-regulate.

MindShift: Mobile anxiety coach, includes strategies to deal with anxiety-producing situations.
PTSD Coach: Provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and tools for screening, symptom tracking, and symptom management.

Self-Regulation Training Board: Teaches self-regulation skills in physical, emotional, and cognitive domains.

Sosh, Sosh Lite: Self-regulation tools including the Shredder (“shreds” negative thoughts and feelings) and Voice Meter (light that gives students visual feedback on volume of their voice).

Squeeze and Shake Stress Relief: Virtual stress ball that either looks and squeaks like a rubber ducky when you squeeze the screen or vibrates for a hand massage when you shake the phone.

Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help: Tools to help people with panic disorder, including a diary and audio clips for emotion training, audio for calming, relaxation, and panic-attack assistance.

Stress Tracker: Stress management app that tracks stress, moods, sources of stress, and behaviors. View trends and suggested action steps.

SuperBetter: Tool created by game designers to build personal resilience. Aims to build physical, mental, emotional, and social strength during difficult life changes.

Tactical Breather: Provides training and practice at gaining control of stress responses, including heart rate, emotions, and concentration.

The Feelings Book: Teaches emotional identification, understanding, and regulation. Has three developmental levels.
The Shredder: App with only the Shredder tool from Sosh.

Unstuck: Helps user get from “stuck to unstuck,” no matter what the problem is, by identifying what kind of stuck moment the user is having and suggesting how to proceed.

Worry Box: Anxiety Self-Help: Creates a “worry box” to “put worries away”; list steps to manage worry or to find coping statements to think about worry differently.

Zones of Regulation: Helps students categorize their emotions and levels of alertness into “zones” and teaches skills for self-regulation.

SELF-MONITORING AND MOOD TRACKING

AWARENESS: Alerts students to rate their emotions and provides coping strategies if needed.

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide:  Includes a diary to monitor mood, suggestions based cognitive behavioral therapy for battling depression, and emotion-training and relaxation audio.

Goal Streaks: Tracks the days that a goal is attained, and allows user to track “streaks.”

I am Feeling...: Notifies users to log how they are currently feeling and creates a shareable history.

Moody Me: Mood Diary and Tracker: Tracks moods over time and allows users to store photos of what makes them happy or sad.

MotivAider: Calls attention to a desired behavior on a set schedule, with vibration and/or audible tone.

My Daily Journal:  Journaling app with support for photos, online backup, and PDF export.

Percentally: Data collection app that collects tally data and automatically converts it  to percentages.

Repeat Timer: Repeating interval timer.

Streaks: Tracks “streaks” of progress toward behavior goals.

Sym Trend: Diary that records health information for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism to help users understand patterns and triggers, see how treatment is working, and manage their own care.

T2 Mood Tracker: Tool to monitor and track emotions (on provided or customized scales) over time.

Tally Counter: Tracks behavior frequency using tallies.

TracknShare: Allows user to track information such as symptoms, goals, moods, or habits.


VIDEO MODELING

Functional Planning System: Uses video modeling to plan a user’s day.

My Picture Talk: Video Modeling tool.

Video Scheduler: Allows user to construct picture and video schedules.

CREATING STORIES TO TEACH STRATEGIES AND SOCIAL SKILLS

Between the Lines: Allows user to practice interpreting vocal intonation, facial expressions, perspective taking, body language, and idiomatic or slang expressions using photographs and voices.

Choiceworks: Helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, and night); understand and control their feelings; and improve their waiting skills (Taking turns and not interrupting).

Feel Electric!: Game created by Sesame Street to explore emotions and build expressive vocabulary skills.

iCreate...Social Skills Stories: Allows user to customize sequential steps of a storyline for individuals that need help building their social skills.

Pictello: Develops visual stories and talking books based on a series of pictures (from library or user photos). Can be used for stories to teach social skills and strategies, schedules, and language learning.

Social Skill Builder: Promotes social learning in individuals with learning challenges, using real video scenarios and multiple choice questions.

Stories About Me: Creates talking picture books using photos, text, and voice recordings.

Stories2Learn:  Creates personalized stories using photos, text, and audio messages.

StoryMaker for Social Stories: App for creating and presenting social stories.

BEHAVIOR AND DATA COLLECTION

123TokenMe: Personalizable reinforcement tool and data collection.

ABC Data Pro: Data collection tool for behavior and/or event counting, partial interval recording, full interval recording, and ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence) recording.

Autism: ABC Checklist Mobile App: Enables the recording of antecedent, behavior, duration, setting, and consequence. In addition, enables educator to produce an easy-to-follow log of information to aid in analysis of any patterns to determine intervention (if needed). Can easily be customized to meet teacher’s requirements.
Autism: Duration Data Sheet Mobile App: Data sheet app created for specific students. Can be adapted or modified to fit student’s needs, and can also be used as a template for teacher’s own data sheets.

Behavior Support App: Behavior support for autism and special education. Helps user label target behaviors, identify function of behaviors, and begin to develop positive behavior support plans.

Behavior Tracker Pro: Allows user to track behavior and generate graphs and charts. Mobile app links to online portal for team use.

Catalyst Client: Behavior data collection app that syncs to web based portal for storage and analysis.

Class Dojo: Allows teacher to give students positive behavior feedback points on strategy use or skill practice. Parents can also check in on student progress. Provides analytics and reports.

Ecove: Allows user to gather classroom observation data, including timers, counters, and checklists. Several apps available for different purposes.

Ilearnedthat: Behavior chart app that turns a picture of a reward into an interactive jigsaw of up to sixty pieces. User earns the reward one piece at a time for using strategies and skill practice.

Intervals: An ABA Interval Recording App: Performs ABA interval recordings and time samplings.

No More Meltdowns: Diary to record information relating to meltdowns and to analyze to see patterns. Teaches adults to manage their own feelings to calmly help the child, strategies to de-escalate and soothe the child in the moment, understand common triggers, and create plans to prevent future problems.

Teach Me Skills Advanced: Collects data on skill acquisition and behavior intervention.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

7Notes HD Premium: Note-taking app with handwriting recognition.

Colornote: Simple note-taking app. Includes checklist creation, notes in calendar, and syncing.

Evernote: Enables user to create notes with text, photos, lists, or voice reminders. Notes can be shared, searched, and organized.

Fotobabble: Creates “talking photos” with user’s photos and recorded messages. Can be used to make a future picture for students or to create a positive self-talk picture or to remind a student of a strategy.

Goodnotes: Allows user to take notes and annotate PDF documents.

My Visual Schedule: Users can create video schedules using large provided library of photos and video or creating their own.

Notability: Note-taking app that also allows editing of PDFs and Google Docs. Notes can be linked to audio recordings.

Picture Scheduler: Task organizer with option of text, picture, audio, or video tasks. Includes alarm function and recurring alarms.

Tellagami: Creates simple animated videos. Can be used to make a future picture students.

Timer+: Set multiple timers at once. Program minute, hour, or seconds.

Traffic Light: Timer goes from green to yellow to red as user runs out of time.

VisTimer: Gentle implementation of time-imposed limits. Utilizes an animated shrinking pie chart to depict elapsed time. Visual thinkers, especially children, have difficulty conceptualizing time.

VoCal: Creates audio to-do list with no need for writing.

PREVIEWING

Edmodo: Social platform for education; allows secure discussion, posting of assignments, and file sharing. Students can use app to preview the class when they are outside the classroom and to participate in class without having to speak in front of peers.

Facetime: Video calling app.

iPrompts: An app to rapidly create and present visual cues that help individuals make the transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, focus on task at hand, and learn social skills.

Skype: Cross-platform video and voice calling up.

Socrative Teacher: Class engagement tool providing games and exercises. Students can use it to participate from outside the classroom and to participate in class without having to speak in front of peers.


Many thanks to Libby Johnson of Red Lodge High School for preparing this list. Libby is a special education teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Behavior Consultant for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.