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 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.
ABA Receptive By Class by Kindergarten.com is a great app to teach children how to categorize objects. A voice asks, “Can you find the furniture?” (you also see the question) and there are four pictures below. A blanket, a clock, a chair, and a football. In this case, the chair is the correct answer. So, you touch the picture of the chair. Then, it goes to the next questions. It costs $1.99 and there are no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Kids’ Vocab – Mindsnacks by MindSnacks teaches children the definition of a variety of vocabulary words in 25 lessons. The first lesson’s words are vertebrate, insectivore, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, rodent, scavenger, voracious, devour, prey, extinct, instinct, predator, fauna, and invertebrate. I have not unlock all the lessons on my brother’s iPad since he is not at this cognitive level yet. Try the first lesson and see if this is want your child needs. It is free to download but you can only work on one lesson until you pay $4.99 to unlock all the lessons. It is compatible with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.
ABA Flash Cards – Food by Kindergarten.com uses flash cards to teach children the name of different foods. The app says the name, provides three descriptions, and a photo of each food. It costs $1.99 to download and there are no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.
Word-A-Licious Toddler by Brainster Apps is a game that teaches children about different words by associating the word with a picture of the object. You pick a topics and answer the ten questions asked. There are twelve different topics on this app: (1) Animals, (2) Food, (3) More Animals, (4) Colors, (5) Body Parts, (6) Shapes, (7) Household, (8) Fruits, (9) Fruits, (10) Weather/Nature, (11) Ocean, and (12) Clothing. Until you pay to unlock all the topics, only the first three are available. For example on how the app works, under Fruits, a voice says, “Tap the apple.” The picture of an ice cream cone, a loaf of bread, a salad, and an apple appear on the screen. You touch the picture of the apple and it goes to the next question. It is free to download and costs $0.99 to unlock all the topics. It is compatible with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.
Learn-A-Licious Preschool by Brainster Apps contains two levels.
- Level 1 contains 12 categories (Animals, More Animals, School, Outdoors, Tools, Transportation, Vegetables, Positions, Movement, Music, Shapes, and Sports). Four pictures are given and a voice asks, Where is the–?” and your child chooses the correct answer. However, until you unlock the full version, you can only do Animals, More Animals, and School.
- Level 2 contains 8 categories (A-C, D-F, G-I, J-L, M-O, P-R, S-U, and V-Z). This level is harder, as the voice asks, “Which one begins with the letter–?”
It is free to download and costs $0.99 to unlock all the topics. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.