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Recommended Apps for Dravet Kids – Part 2

Here we have part 2 of our recommended apps for children with Dravet Syndrome.

Each app is simple and easy to use and most importantly, packed with fun features and interactive games to not only entertain, but educate at the same time.

In our first blog post we covered the pre-school classroom range of educational apps, along with some fun “make it yourself” games and the Splat the Clowns and Peeping Musicians targeting/hand-eye coordination apps.
In this post we will cover a collection of cheery and traditional interactive story books, nursery rhyme apps for rhythm and speech development, and basic flashcard-type apps.

The Kidztory Book Collection

The Kidztory storybook collection includes a number of traditional fairy tales and stories brought to life for the iPad and iPod. These interactive books are a fantastic way to share all the stories you loved as a child with your own children, and each “book” is beautifully illustrated and narrated, to provide a truly joyful experience for your child.

Icon for Little Red Riding Hood App Little Red Riding Hood – A Kidztory Classic animated interactive storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for The Giant Turnip App The Giant Turnip – A Kidztory Classic animated interactive storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for Chicken Little App Chicken Little – Kidztory animated storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for The Little Red Hen App The Little Red Hen – Kidztory animated storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for The Gingerbread Man App The Gingerbread Man – Kidztory interactive animated storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for The Ugly Duckling App The Ugly Duckling – Kidztory animated storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Icon for Goldilocks and the Three Bears App Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Kidztory animated storybook – Stepworks

 

 

 

Grasshopper Learning Apps

Each app in the Grasshopper range provides a fun and educational approach to the basics of pre-school learning. They are also highly-customisable, allowing the parent to change almost every setting and feature in the app through a special settings panel. This allows you to add and remove items such as pictures and words, record your own voice and provide a bespoke learning experience for your child. If you child finds it easier to learn and understand when provided with items and voices familiar to them, then these apps are ideal.

Icon for Counting Bear App Counting Bear – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

Icon for Matching Numbers App Matching Game – My First Numbers – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

Icon for montessori Counting Board App Montessori Counting Board – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

Icon for Rhyming Words App Rhyming Words – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

 

Icon for Toddler Matching Game app Little Matchups – The Matching Game for Toddlers – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

 

Icon for Photo Touch Concepts app Kids Learning – Photo Touch Concepts – GrasshopperApps.com

 

 

 

Special Numbers, Special Words and Special Stories

The “Special” apps created by Special iApps developers all base their design on a straight-forward, uncluttered learning environment, that is immediate to the child and easy to navigate. The Special Numbers, Words and Stories apps cover 3 main learning areas; Special Numbers introduces your child to early number skills through a variety of set activities such as counting, matching, ordering, comparing and selecting.
Special Words is designed to help your child to recognise early vocabulary in written words and will encourage them to vocalise whilst also improving their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Lastly, the Special Stories app allows you and your child to create and share stories with text, sound and pictures / photographs. The simple interface is suitable for children and adults with poor motor skills, hearing impairment and general additional educational needs.

Icon for Special Words App Special Words – Special iApps

 

 

 

Icon for Special Stories Special Stories – Special iApps

 

 

 

Icon for Special Numbers App Special Numbers – Special iApps

 

 

 

Nursery Rhymes and Princess Fairy Tale Maker

The Duck Duck Moose collection of children’s nursery rhyme apps are a fantastic way to help your child with rhythm and speech development through the use of traditional songs and music. Each rhyme app is filled with interactive pages, original illustrations and are sure to thrill and captivate and capture your child’s imagination. There are currently three nursery rhyme interactive story book titles available from Duck Duck Moose; Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

The Princess Fairy Tale Maker allows your child to make their very own fairy tale using a huge collection of animated backgrounds, animated “stickers” and almost 30 different crayons and colouring pencils. The stickers can be moved about and recorded, to make movies, and your child can add their own voice to create a truly fun fairy tale experience!

Icon for Old MacDonald's Farm App Old MacDonald HD – by Duck Duck Moose – Duck Duck Moose

 

 

 

Icon for Baa Baa Black Sheep App Baa Baa Black Sheep – by Duck Duck Moose – Duck Duck Moose

 

 

 

Icon for Itsy Bitsy Spider App Itsy Bitsy Spider HD – by Duck Duck Moose – Duck Duck Moose

 

 

 

Icon for Princess Fairy Tale Maker App Princess Fairy Tale Maker – by Duck Duck Moose – Duck Duck Moose

 

 

 

Icon for Wheels on the Bus App Wheels on the Bus HD – Duck Duck Moose

 

 

 

Different Roads to Learning Apps

The Different Roads to Learning range of apps are especially designed for children with additional learning needs, such as autism, Downs Syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
They cover many of the basic educational subjects, along with general communication issues and development.
Each app is fully-customisable and also keeps a record and statistics of your child’s usage and achievement within the app. This is a great way to give them independence to play and learn, and allows you to analyse and monitor their progress at a later date in your own time.

Icon for Clean Up: Category Sorting App Clean Up: Category Sorting – Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

 

 

 

Icon for Tell Me About It! App Tell Me About It! – Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

 

 

 

Icon for What Goes Together? App What Goes Together? – Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Icon for What's That Sound? App What’s That Sound? Learning to Listen and Identify Sounds – Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

 

 

 

Toddler Flashcards, Counting and Animals

The iTots range of toddler apps are as simple as you can get, but with this simplicity comes ease of use for little ones with additional learning needs. The interface of each app is clean and clear, and uses bright and fuss-free images of everyday items that your child will immediately recognise.
The Toddler Flashcards game is a basic flashcards app that provides your child with images of everyday items and provides the word written underneath and also verbally. You can also choose from a number of languages, including English.
The Counting and Animals apps are similar to the Flashcards app, and offer endless interactive fun if your child prefers specific subjects (such as numbers or animals). The game will ask your child very simple questions which can be answered via touch screen, and rewards them with every correct answer they give.

Icon for iTots Number Counting App Toddler Counting – iTot Apps, LLC

 

 

 

Icon for iTots Flash Cards App Toddler Flashcards – iTot Apps, LLC

 

 

 

Icon for iTots Toddler Animals Game App Toddler Animals Game – iTot Apps, LLC

 

 

 

Want more? Check out our series of apps recommended by Specialist Education and Technology Trainer Ian Bean.

 

 

Communication iPad Apps

Useful iPad Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Child in wheelchair plays with iPad on Trabasack lap desk

The Trabasack iPad mount aid ensures tablet computers remain steady and secure

The art of speech and communication is one of the most difficult tasks for young children to master, and whether your child is struggling with verbal or non-verbal communication; these apps will ease them into expressing themselves whilst still having lots of fun!

To provide a steady work space for your child’s iPad whilst using these great communication apps, the Trabasack iPad lap desk bag and iPad mount aid can be attached to wheelchairs with ease and speed, to allow your child comfort whilst communicating. The Trabasack Curve range of bags are soft, padded and ergonomically designed to hug the natural contours of the waist to ensure your child’s arms do not get caught beneath the bag and no small objects can become trapped between the body and tray. The new product the Media Mount, allows the iPad to be tilted in a good position for child to use, whist keeping it securely held to the trabasack surface

 

 

 

Image icon for Talking Ben the Dog iPad App Talking Ben the Dog Ben the Dog is no ordinary hound; he’s a retired chemistry professor looking for a little bit of peace and quiet, and the only way to rouse him from his newspaper reading is to interact with him! Children will love the reactions that Ben provides; using touch screen gestures, he can be tickled, poked and slapped, and if he’s spoken to, he will repeat. Once Ben has been interacted with he will whisk you away to his laboratory, where there are lots of exciting chemistry experiments to have fun with.

 

Image icon for Scene&Heard iPad App Scene&Heard is an in-depth communication tool that allows parents, caregivers and teachers a platform for creating their own bespoke communication games using personal photographs, audio and video. As each child needs help in different areas of communication, this iPad app is perfect for providing interesting, interactive entertainment specific to your child.

 

 

Image icon for Sounding Board iPad App SoundingBoard offers a “flash card”-like customisable game, pre-installed with lots of AbleNet symbols where audio messages can be “attached” to each image. The Sounding Board iPhone and iPad app also lets the user create cards or boards using their own images; great for communicating items familiar to your child.

 

 

Image icon for Proloquo2Go iPad App Proloquo2Go is another sound board iPad app that also offers a natural-sounding text-to-speech function, automatic conjugations, word prediction and high-resolution up-to-date symbols, providing a useful and easy to use tool for augmentative and alternative communication.

 

 

 

Image icon for Grid Player iPad App Grid Player provides the user with over 12,000 Widgit symbols to allow expansive communication, and the text-to-speech function along with “TouchType” word prediction and symbol prediction help with word recognition and faster communication. Grid Player also includes a “Text Talker” function, that features a high-contrast keyboard, word completion, next word prediction and over 100 instant phrases.

 

 

Communication iPad apps specially chosen by an expert in special education, Ian Bean, author of Big Bang series of computer games for children. Ian Bean is a  former teacher and ICT coordinator at Priory Woods School, Inclusive Technology’s Consultancy and Training Manager now Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer specialising in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.

This is the fourth in our series of apps for children with special educational needs. The others include Touch skills apps , Video and photo apps, and  apps to help your child make music.