SPE­CIAL LEARN­ING APPS

In­sights from a Speech Ther­a­pist

iPhone Life Magazine - - Education Autism & Asperger Syndrome - by Becca Lud­lum

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.

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