Expanding Language

Expanding Language

“Expanding Language” is developed is Special Learning, Inc. It is a basic Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app. There are several categories programmed into the app: Food, Drinks, Clothing, Toys, Emotions, Actions, Activities, Body Parts, Household Items, Locations, Musical Instruments, Furniture, Plants & Trees, School Supplies, Tools, and Appliance. At the top of the screen, there are four emergency buttons: Help, Break, Sick, and Bathroom. Should your child want to eat a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, he or she can click on “Food,” then click on the picture of the grilled cheese sandwich, in which a voice will say “grilled cheese.”

This app is very customizable. On the home screen, you can click on “Admin”, answer a math problem (ex. 64 + 45 = __), and you enter the Admin page where you can have access to a lot of things. You can change the voice saying the words, the background, picture size, turn the picture label on/off, see reports to see what your child is getting right or wrong, add new items and categories, and more.

Also, the voices do not sound very . . . robot-ish. All four of them (a man, woman, boy, and girl) are clear and easily understandable.
It costs $39.99 to download and has no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and requires iOS 4.3 or later.
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Feel Electric!

Feel Electric!

Feel Electric! by Sesame Street teaches your child about emotions and how to recognize them by looking at a person’s face. This app has three vocabulary games, a mood dude that can be customized to mirror your child’s mood, and contains fifty emotion vocabulary terms. This app is for children who are on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad.

Touch and Learn – Emotions

Touch and Learn - Emotions

Touch and Learn – Emotions by Innovative Mobile Apps teaches your child how to associate a facial expression with the matching emotion. You see four pictures on the screen as a voice says an emotion. You simply touch the correct expression. Then four new pictures appear and the voice says another emotion. If you choose the wrong image, it makes a small ding. There is no limit to the number of times you can get it wrong. It doesn’t go to the next question until you get the answer right. This app does emotions such as: celebrating, bored, mad, frustrated, curious, happy, upset, focused, worried, unhappy, and silly. I will say this about this app, sometimes, even for me, it is very hard to choose a correct answer. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary by My Smart Hands is a great app for those who want to teach themselves basic sign language. You click the word you want to know the sign of and a short video with a woman who does the sign multiple times and explains. This app contains over 300 signs. It costs $4.99 and has no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary LITE

My Smart Hands

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary LITE by My Smart Hands is the free version of their app My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary. This app is great for those who want to teach themselves basic sign language. You click the word you want to know the sign of and a short video with a woman who does the sign multiple times and explains. This version of the app contains 33 sign while the full version contains over 300 signs. Try out this app and see how you like it. If you do, think about getting the full version. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.