11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store

11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store

This post is part Four 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. This has lead Apple to create a special education section in the App Store.

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 three we discussed seven scheduling & behavioral apps for children with special-needs

This week we bring you:

11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store

Stories2Learn iPad AppStories2Learn - MDRStories2Learn
Company: MDR
Category: Social Skills
Price: $13.99
Description: Stories2Learn offers parents and educators the ability to create personalized stories using photos, text, and audio messages. These stories can be used to promote an individual’s literacy, leisure, as well as social skills. With Stories2Learn an educator can quickly create a story that shows various social cues. For example, if an individual is learning a new concept such as turn taking, making improved eye contact, sharing, or other social messages, these concepts can be quickly depicted in a story created by parent or educator within minutes! The creator is able to add their own audio and write dialogue that corresponds to the photos.

Social Skills iPad AppSocial Skills - MDRSocial Skills
Company: MDR
Category: Social Skills
Price: $6.99
Description: Social Skills offers parents and educators the ability to interact with six social narratives designed to help individuals improve their social ability. With Social Skills, the stories contain targeted instruction in the following core areas: Joint Attention; Non-Verbal Communication; Greetings; Structured game play; Turn Taking; Classroom rules; and Imitation. In addition to using the specific content, users can modify the stories by adding different photos, text, as well as audio. The end results allows for the individual to look at a social photo, touch the picture for audio, and continue onto the next page!

Quick Cues iPad AppQuickCues - FraserQuickCues
Company: Fraser
Category: Social Skills
Price: $4.99
Description: QuickCues is a social script app that helps teens and young adults on the autism spectrum to handle new situations and learn new skills. Social scripts have been used successfully for years, but QuickCues makes these tools mobile and easy to use in everyday situations. With Quick Cues you can add  four additional modules each priced at $4.99. The Communication module comes pre-installed and provides help with conversations at school or work, listening, and talking on the telephone. It also gives tips on reading body language and finding shared interests with others. Available for additional purchase via the In-App purchase are Life Skills Module, Socialization Module and the Coping Module.

Hidden Curriculum for Kids iPad AppHidden Curriculum for Kids - AAPCHidden Curriculum For Kids
Company: AAPC
Category: Social Skills
Price: $1.99
Description: Some people seem to learn the hidden curriculum almost automatically. Others learn it only by direct instruction. This includes children with autism spectrum disorders. These real-life based entries spur conversations about the countless “unwritten social rules” that we encounter every day and that can cause confusion and anxiety.

Every Day Social Skills iPhone AppEveryday Social Skills HD - The Conover CompanyEveryday Social Skills
Company: The Conover Company
Category: Social Skills
Price: $0.99
Description: The Everyday Social Skills application is designed to teach and reinforce basic social skills critical for independent living. For some, going on a shopping trip, using basic literacy skills, or understanding what to do when seeing a warning sign are very difficult tasks. The Everyday Social Skills application provides easy-to-understand information that allows users to become more capable of functioning independently at work, at home, and in the community. See also Responding Social SkillsInitiating Social Skills & Personal Social Skills.

Model Me Going Places iPad ApplicationModel Me Going Places 2 - Model Me Kids, LLCModel Me Going Places
Company: Model Me Kids
Category: Life Skills
Price: Free
Description: Model Me Going Places™ is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior.  Locations include: Hairdresser, Mall, Doctor, Playground, Grocery Store, Restaurant

Everyday Skills iPad ApplicationEveryday Skills - AbleLink Technologies, Inc.Everyday Skills
Company: Ablelink Technologies
Category: Life Skills
Price: $49.99
Description: Everyday Skills provides self-directed learning sessions for 40 important skills necessary for living independently and accessing the community based on proven content developed by the Attainment Company. Everyday Skills provides an accessible learning tool that is specifically designed to be used directly by individuals with autism, learning or other developmental disabilities at their own pace on the coolest technology platform there is – the iPad! Everyday Skills is powered by Visual Impact, AbleLink’s highly effective cognitively accessible learning tool.

Living Safely iPad AppLiving Safely - AbleLink Technologies, Inc.Living Safely
Company: Ablelink Technologies
Category: Life Skills
Price: $34.99
Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/living-safely/id396774523
Description: Living Safely provides self-directed learning sessions for 27 important safety skills topics. Living Safely provides an accessible learning tool that is specifically designed to be used directly by individuals with autism, learning or other developmental disabilities at their own pace on the coolest technology platform there is – the iPad!

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 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

Written on 2011/02/23 by:

Tzvi

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+