As a parent we can utilize these programs with our children not only to distract them from melting down, but also to assist in their learning. Here is a short list of apps that are free or pretty cheap:
Touch Learning Numbers for Preschool-Free; Universal for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
What’s That Sound? Learning to listen and identify sounds-Free; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Kids Learning-My first numbers counting game-Free; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Kids Learning: Vehicles -Free; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. (There are other items than just vehicles that you can download.)
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Monkey Math School Sunshine– $.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Monkey Preschool When I Grow Up– $.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Shake-A-Phrase-$1.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
You can also do a search for these apps and go to the software designer’s pages. Often times they have more educational software that you can download for free or a cheap price.
For more resources on finding apps for the Ipad, go to: SNApps4Kids.com and sign up for their newsletter. They are also on Facebook.
Lillie’s Pad and Ipads for Special Needs Children have mainly facebook pages but some give out free apps or give guidance on how to help special needs children with technology.
There are so many different opportunities for our children with this technology and it has already shown to be extremely helpful to special needs children. My son had a speech therapist who used the Ipad to assist with his speech. He caught on fast to using the technology and soon was learning his ABCs with Sesame Street. This technology should be embraced when working with our children. It is a great tool for parents to assist learning at home!