Special iApps 6 Cause and Effect Apps

first_imgBeverley and Colin Dean founded Special iApps more than 5 years ago.  They founded the nonprofit social enterprise because they couldn’t find any apps to teach their son, William, who has Down syndrome.  “We found that most apps had too much going on in the background, weren’t configurable or easily personalized, and didn’t cater for William’s limited finger skills.”  The company offers several types of apps, but today’s blog will highlight their six Touch Apps.As I’ve stated many times before, it’s hard to shuffle through the hundreds of apps available to find what works best for your child.  If you’re wondering why you should consider Special iApps for your child, here are a few features that set them apart from several others:Uncluttered, simpleNo in-app purchases or advertisementsEasily configured and personalized to suit your child’s needs.The company says: “Our apps enable errorless learning, in small steps, without distractions.”Touch Apps:6 Cause and Effect AppsSpecial iApps features Touch Apps, a series of cause and effect apps which teach a variety of subjects.  Each app in the collection uses a visual-based approach for children who are beginning to learn words, numbers, colors, shapes, emotions, and more.1. Touch Words:Touch Words is specifically designed for children with Down syndrome, autism, other individuals who may have difficulty learning to talk and read.Features:Cause and effect: touch the picture to see and hear the wordIncludes 28 illustrations, with correlating written and spoken wordsAbility to choose lower or uppercase lettersNo ads, in-app purchases or external linksDoesn’t require internet connectionFor switch users: the app offers built-in support for simple switch control using most Bluetooth and USB switches.2. Touch Numbers:Touch Numbers is specifically designed for individuals who have difficulty learning to talk and count (e.g. those with autism, Down syndrome, and more).  It offers a visual-based approach to help children learn about numbers.Features:Cause and effect: touch the picture to see and hear the numberIncludes numbers from 0-20, with clearly-spoken audio in 11 different languagesNo ads, in-app purchases, or external linksDoesn’t require internet connectionFor switch users: the app offers built-in support for simple switch control using most Bluetooth and USB switches.3. Touch Colors:Touch Colors is an ideal app to help children learn the basics of colors.  It is designed to be used alongside the other apps in the Touch series (e.g. Touch Words, Touch Numbers, etc.)Features:Cause and effect: touch the color to see and hear the wordIncludes 12 colors, with matching written and spoken words in 9 languagesNo ads, in-app purchases or external linksDoesn’t require internet connectionSupport for simple switch control4. Touch Animals:For early learners who are just learning to talk, read, recognize shapes, animals, etc., Touch Animals features the visual-based approach to help them learn.Features:Cause and effect: touch the picture of the animal to hear and see the wordIncludes 12 drawings of animals, with matching written and spoken wordsAbility to use lower or uppercase lettersNo in-app purchases, external links, or adsNo internet connection requiredIncludes text and clearly spoken words in 23 languagesOffers simple switch support5. Touch Shapes:Touch Shapes is a great app to start learning about different shapes.  It is specifically designed for children who may have difficulty learning to talk and read, such as those with autism, Down syndrome, and more.Features:Cause and effect: touch the shape to see and hear the name of the shapeCovers 12 different shapes with matching written and spoken words in 9 languagesContains no ads, in-app purchases, or external linksNo internet connection requiredBluetooth and USB-switch compatible6. Touch Emotions:Touch Emotions is designed for children who have difficulty interpreting different facial expressions, such as autism, Down syndrome, and more.  The app is designed to help these individuals better understand emotions and react appropriately in social situations.Features:The app also promotes:Word recognitionIndependent learningLanguage acquisitionFine motor skillsCause and effect understanding Consists of specifically “designed images of eight faces, with matching written and spoken words with a choice of lower or uppercase letters.”Available in 9 different languagesNo ads, in-app purchases, or external linksDoesn’t require internet connectionShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTouch TrainerJune 9, 2016In “Apps”Finding Apps for Special NeedsSeptember 16, 2015In “Apps”ATU281 – Bridging Apps with Cristen ReatOctober 14, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img