Friday, May 20, 2016

5 Apps to Help Kids with Autism

  1. Let’s Face It! (LFI!) ScrapbookDesigned as a tool for learning faces and recognizing emotions, LFI! utilizes the iPad’s built-in camera to take photos and make videos of the user’s friends, family, classmates, and other important people in their lives. Pictures and videos can be labeled and organized into personalized albums that are then used as material for the app’s four games.
  2. The Monster at the End of This BookA long list of skills are worked on with this app, include fine motor, imagination, language, and vocabulary, but what else would you expect from Sesame Street? Parents are given tips on helping children work through their fears, and this storybook app is a top-notch choice for teaching cause and effect, since kids learn that a touch of their fingers allows them to interact with the story.
  3. Fruit Ninja FreeAs users chop apples, oranges, and strawberries in this fruit-slicing game, they may not realize they’re developing their fine motor skills at the same time.
  4. Proloquo2GoThe hefty price tag on this app ($249.99) has been well worth it according to the many users who have sung its praises. Made for children who have a hard time speaking and building vocabulary, this app uses natural voices to dictate words and offers more than 14,000 symbols to build language. In fact, many kids with autism use it as their main mode of communication since it gives them a voice through the iPad.
  5. Toca BocaApply a bandage, send out party invitations, or join a tea party with the different variations of games that this digital design studio creates. Play skills are crucial to the development of a child with ASD, and games like these teach them how to engage in reciprocal social imaginative play.