SPECIAL LEARNING APPS
Insights from a Speech Therapist
As a former middle school speech therapist, I have seen firsthand how educational apps can help students with a wide range of abilities engage with their course material. In this article, I’ve handpicked the best apps that address the most common learning difficulties I’ve encountered in therapy sessions and classrooms over the years. Knowing that schools don’t often budget for apps, I’ve concentrated on my favorite free or low-cost selections. Please note that depending on the cognitive skill level of the student, these apps and tips can be useful for children of all ages. Emotions, Feelings, and Colors (Free) Help your students learn how to appropriately express their feelings with this story-based app, which features a series of short stories meant to encourage kids to identify the characters’ emotions. Students then play games to further their understanding and develop better visual attention and problem-solving skills.