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Lauren Lewis
BY Lauren Lewis

12 Apps Recently Added to the Friendship Circle App Review

With hundreds of apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. Friendship Circle created the Special Needs App Review to make it easier for you to find the right apps for your  child. Now with over 300 apps on the site, your search for the perfect apps has become a bit simpler.

Here are some of the apps uploaded in the past month. Have a special needs app we should include? Submit it here.

Dollar Up

dollar upThe purpose of Dollar Up is to help teach the “Next Dollar Up” technique to students with Autism, and other learning difficulties. This technique is a great way to help students develop some independence and confidence when it comes to using money. The app has been assessed by numerous parents and teachers as part of the testing phase and has been received very positively.

Platform: iOS Price: $4.99

Discovering Emotions with Zeely – Educational Tool for Learning Emotions

zeeleyZeely Adventures is an innovative therapy app to teach children emotions. Recommended for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and more. Children are motivated by the engaging game-based approach to recognize and interpret facial expressions.

Platform: iOS  Price: $19.99

Signed Stories Book Bundle #2 for Schools

Book Bundle 2Animated children’s stories and a video dictionary in American Sign Language, narration and captions. Stories have been selected carefully to support teachers working to the ECERS-R scale, and to complement Common Core State Standards. Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy books in this bundle.

Platform: iOS Price: $16.99

Alex Learns to Sort

alexChildren can sort static objects or moving objects, choosing between different speeds according to the child age and ability. This way, the app will help children to improve fine psychomotricity as well whilst learning lots of new words… in 5 languages!!! (English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan). Available for iOS and Android.

Platform: iOS and Android Price: $1.99

Let’s Use Language

Let;s Use LanguageLet’s Use Language uses a literacy based approach to teach the language concepts of Vocabulary, Categories, Sequencing, and Opposites. Let’s Use Language comes with 10 stories and provides a context for language development, giving words meaning. With 40 lessons, Let’s Use Language provides hours of content, and provides users with the ability to create their own stories and lessons from scratch using their own pictures and text.

Platform: iOS Price: $9.99

Advanced Video Sequences

Advanced Video SequencesUse videos to create sequences starring you!  Split videos into segments to allow your students to slide them into the proper order.  Great for task completion, story sequencing, self care or working on social skills.

Platform: iOS Price: $2.99

Toca Tea Party

toca (1)Invite your friends to a tea party around your iPad! Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, serve the tea and you’re good to go! Simply eat and drink with your finger! With Toca Tea Party, you can play together with your kids in a way that stimulates their imagination.

Platform: iOS Price: $2.99

123 Kids Fun Animal Band

icon_band_lite-1123 Kids Fun Animal Band is a unique application consisting of sounds and images that will introduce your child into one of the finest worlds – the world of sound. The application develops imagination and allows for any creative interpretation of sounds by a child.

Platform: Android Price: FREE!

Avatalker AAC 

AvatalkerYou’ve never seen anything like this! 

Avatalker® AAC is a robust, full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution designed for the iOS platform (iPad and iPad Mini). It gives nonverbal children and adolescents the ability to build phrases and sentences pictographically, which are converted to audible speech. It features a 1,500 word vocabulary and exclusive symbol set library that is easy to navigate and fun to use!

Platform:  iOS Price: $189.99

Behavior Motivator

Behavior MotivatorSelf-regulation skills are related to how successful a child is academically and socially. These strategies can be particularly difficult for students with special needs to master. The Behavior Motivator is a tool that assists children to stay on task to achieve their goals.  This tool may be used to help students regulate their time and behavior in the classroom and at home.

Platform: iOS Price: $4.99

Go Pre-K

Go-Pre-KGo Pre-K! activities helps build literacy and math skills for 4 and 5 year olds, a critical learning stage for young children. Between the ages of 4 and 6, a child’s vocabulary goes from 1,500 to 2,500+ words. This is the ideal time to develop critical skills like sound and print awareness, number sense, special awareness, comparison, and problem solving. Each activity is quick, effective, and engaging, and teach children how to learn.

Platform: iOS Price: $1.99

ASD Tools

ASD ToolsASD Tools is a quick and easy to use app for parents & carers. Our mini tools work together to reinforce good behavior & motivate your child by making the day easier. Use 123 Steps to break tasks down into small manageable steps, FirstThen will reinforces problem areas, Timer will keep them on task & Rewards ties all of the pieces neatly together.

Platform: iOS Price: FREE!


Lauren Lewis

Written on August 4, 2014 by:

Lauren Lewis began working at the Friendship Circle in May 2012 as the Communications and Event Coordinator. After participating in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan and meeting some amazing kids with special needs, Lauren fell in love with the cause and never stopped advocating. When not at the Friendship Circle, she is wearing maize and blue and enjoying life in Detroit. You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.