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Tzvi Schectman
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Seven Scheduling & Behavioral Apps for Children with Special Needs

This post is part three of the Special Needs iPad & App Series.

In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped. Dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities.

To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In part two we discussed 7 Assistive communication apps for the iPad & iPhone.

This week we bring you:

Seven Scheduling & Behavioral Apps for Children with Special Needs

First Then Visual Schedule

First Then Visual Schedule - Good Karma Applications, IncFirst Then Visual Schedule
Company: Good Karma Applications
Category: Scheduling
Price: $9.99
First-Then visual schedule is designed to provide positive behavioral support for those with communication needs. This application provides an affordable and convenient audio-visual prompting tool for use on the iPhone or iPad. The portability and ease of use of the of the iPhone and iPad make it perfect for use at school, home or in the community. Visual schedules also help individuals transition to other activities quicker and more efficiently.

iPrompts Scheduling App for the iPadiPrompts® XL - Visual Supports, Schedules and Picture Prompting for Autism and Special Education - Handhold Adaptive, LLCiPrompts
Handhold Adoptive
Category: Scheduling
Price: $49.99
iPrompts is a picture-based prompting app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad It is used by parents, special educators and therapists with developmentally challenged and language-impaired individuals, like people with Autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and apraxia of speech. The app includes picture schedules where you can create a schedule out of pictures, a visual count-down timer so an individual knows how much time is left for a specific activity and choice prompts where a caregiver can provide images and an individual can choose the item they want.

iRewardiReward - Grembe Inc.iReward
Price: $4.99
Behavior analysts often use tangible rewards when working with children. For example, when a child earns a certain number of stars for behavior you want repeated, they are rewarded. You can choose the behavior you are trying to reinforce, choose your reward, and then choose the number of times the behavior needs to be completed before the reward is earned.


Behavior Tracker ProBehavior Tracker Pro - Marz Consulting Inc.Behavior Tracker Pro
Marz Consulting
Category: Behavioral
Price: $29.99
Behavior Tracker Pro is an iPhone, iTouch and iPad application that allows Behavior analysts, therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and graph them. With the app you can record video of behaviors or interventions to later review with parents, teachers or therapists. (must have iPhone with video camera). Upload your data to our secure Team Portal for advanced online charting, team collaboration, video messaging, document management and more!


Autism TrackAutism Tracker Pro: Track, analyze and share ASD daily - Track & Share Apps, LLCAutism Track
Handhold Adoptive
Category: Behavioral
Price: $49.99
AutismTrack is a journaling tool that empowers caregivers of those with autism to easily track interventions, behaviors and symptoms. Checkboxes allow daily recording of any therapy, medicine or diet. Simple “sliders” allow rating of any behavior or symptom (e.g., eye contact, aggression and echolalic speech). Daily log screens provide a snapshot of any particular day’s interventions and behaviors. Users may also graph symptoms and monitor compliance over periods of time.


Skill Tracker ProSkill Tracker Pro - Marz Consulting Inc.Skill  Tracker Pro
Company: Marz Consulting
Price: $29.99
Category: Behavioral-ABA
Description: Skill Tracker Pro automates ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) instruction for children with Autism. For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and from the makers of Behavior Tracker Pro! STP allows unlimited clients and observers, optional video capture and charting/export of all data. STP has a built in library with hundreds of skills and targets that can be assigned to the clients’ curriculum. During cold probe data collection, skills and targets are automatically randomized, or the user can choose which target to probe, one at a time.

ABC Data ProABC Data Pro - CBTAonlineABC Data Pro
CBTA Online
Category: Behavioral-ABA
Price: $27.99
A multi-mode data collection App made to assist professionals and students in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), special education, school psychology, and clinical psychology, as well as researchers conducting observational studies. ABC Data Pro is an unobtrusive data collection tool for behavior and/or event counting, partial interval recording, full interval recording and ABC (FBA) recording.

Did we miss any? Please add them in the comments below.

The Rest of the Series:

  1. The Special Needs iPad & App Series: Welcome
  2. 7 Assistive communication (AAC) apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  3. 7 Scheduling and Behavioral Apps to help with transitions and more
  4. 11 social skills & life skills apps in the iPad App Store
  5. 10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone
  6. 7 Special Needs Apps in the Google Android Market
  7. On a tight budget? 7 ways to get an ipad for your child with special needs
  8. 6 steps to get the iPad into your child’s special education classroom
  9. 4 Special Needs iPad/iPhone Apps for the Future

More Special Needs Apps

Looking for more special needs apps? Check out the Special Needs App Review!

With over a thousand apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives you the ability to find the perfect special needs app for your child.

Special Needs App Review

Tzvi Schectman

Written on February 16, 2011 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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  • Please permit me to introduce you to a new children’s educational game for the iPad and iPhone:
    Counting Beads is a totally fun way for children to learn numbers and letters of the alphabet.  The numbers (or letters) appear as colored beads that you connect by dragging each bead into its next higher numbered bead.  As you connect the beads in numbered order, you create a chain that follows the lead bead as you drag.  This teaches the numbers visually.  You can also move the bead chain by holding the device face-up parallel to the floor and tilting it slightly to let gravity roll the leading bead downhill.  Even older folks can have fun with this amusing simple game.
    A brief demo video of this app is available on UTube:

  • Time-This!  Is a visual schedule-timer app for Ipad.!/id472752315?mt=8
    Make it for one user or multiple users with multiple schedules
    Use your own pictures or take a picture with the photo option, then add a voice to each and time them (clock, hourglass, digital)
    Has a big timer also (clock, hourglass, digital), that can run simultaneously of the schedule apps – Time events within another timer if you want.
    Easy to use (my two -year-old clients) make their own schedules (they add and delete pictures in seconds) so we can get back to therapy.
    Horizontal/vertical layout – so you can use it as a choice board.
    Add your own alarm sound (“Johnny, all done with that.  Time for the next game.”)
    @ $5.99 it is by far the best scheduling app (and one of a kind); It does far more what other schedules apps don’t do.
    More information can be found at   Including a video.

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  • We love the AACSpeechBuddy – for iPad, iPhone, iTouch & Android

    Speech Sets can be shared with your child’s speech therapist and can be loaded on multiple devices.

    With the easy to use web management, parents and teachers can collaborate and work on Speech Sets from any Internet Browser on your computer or mobile device.

    No other AAC app gives you the ability to share your created, customized, personalized
    speech sets with others.

    Not only does the AACSpeechBuddy give you the ability to share your created, customized, personalized speech sets with others, it also gives you the ability to load the speech set that specifically pertains to a certain individual or situation – by simply selecting a speech set or entering a profile id which changes the entire content loaded onto your APP in one easy action!

    A Speech Set consists of selected images with corresponding words/sentences. Essentially custom digital PECS icons with text and audible speech.

    Now including over 2000+ images from the Mulberry Symbols collection by Paxtoncrafts Charitable Trust.

  • TM

    I use another great app in my classroom to track behavior called ClassTracker:

    It isn’t much to look at but the simplicity and the ability to export the data are invaluable.

  • There is a wonderful, relatively-new app for children and adolescents, called Sosh. It was developed by Dr. Mark Bowers and Dr. Kelly Bowers as a tool for improving social skills. It’s a comprehensive and valuable mobile resource for children and teens who struggle with self-regulation, social communication skills, managing stress . . . there are multiple uses for this app. As a parent of a child with multiple special needs, including ASD and epilepsy, this is going to be a tool that should prove very useful in these upcoming tween years. You can find it at

  • Myvideoschedule

    For those needing more video modeling within their day, please consider My Video Schedule.  This has a full library (at no extra charge) of “how to” videos to add into the individuals day.  Check it out at!  Thanks!

  • cwolfpack3

    I use Chore Pad HD for all kinds of stuff, not just lists of chores. It can be used to reward children through any kind of daily or weekly routines. Also, it works for more than one child at a time and you can import your own images for the tasks.

    Other good choices:
    Video Scheduler
    Visual Schedule Planner

  • EWW

    I use an app called BehaviorLENS.  It allows you to collect and progress monitor behavior through Interval Recording, Frequency count, Duration and ABC data.  It provides very helpful reports for the student, a peer, and teacher’s activities. 

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  • Jon

    School Psychology Tools is the only full-featured app designed by and specifically for School Psychologists.
    It features behavior observation and caseload tools, but also has several other features including an age calculator.


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