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 Baby-Chef (by: My First App)
Price (as of 1/10/12): Free (for the first two games, $0.99 in app purchase for full version)

In this app you drag toppings or other decorations to add to food. With very young kids it can be used as a creativity activity and to work on touching and dragging objects. With older kids you could give directions such as "put two raspberries on top of the cake."

Functional Skills:
  • Finger Isolation
  • Creativity
  • Following directions, prepositions, etc (if you provide the directions)
 Bus HD (by: Duck Duck Moose)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $1.99

This is an interactive Wheels on the Buss book. Kids poke or slide things on the screen to make animations go. I use it mostly as a cause and effect app.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and Effect
  • Fine motor - finger isolation, tapping, sliding
 Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box (by: Simon Evans)
Price (as of 9/12/12): $1.99

This cause and effect app allows you to choose between about 20 different effect settings. When you touch the screen there is a sound and a light animation. Some are quite relaxing and some are more stimulating.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and Effect
  • Sensory
 Checkers Free (by: Otpime Software)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

This is a checkers game that can be played as a two player or one player game. Players touch the piece they want to move and the square they want to move it to.

Functional Skills:
  • Problem Solving
  • Following Directions and Taking Turns
  • Fine motor control
 DialSafe Pro (by: Little Bit Studio)
Price (as of 9/12/12): Free

This app allows students to practice making a phone call. You can program in custom phone numbers. You can also practice dialing emergency numbers. When you practice dialing you also get a mock conversation. The voice says something like "Hello...How are you.....Thanks for calling....Bye" with pauses so that kids can practice giving answers.

Functional Skills:
  • Using a phone/Phone conversations
  • Emergency Numbers
  • Personal Numbers
  • Strangers
Doodle Ships (by: 3 Jacks Software)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

This game is based of the Battle Ship board game. Players first arrange their ships and then try to sink their opponent's ships by touching grid squares.

Functional Skills:
  • Following directions and taking turns
  • Problem solving
  • Fine motor control
 Hallmark Interactive Books (by: Hallmark)
Cooper, Jingle, Watson, Bigsby, Abigail, Christopher, Nugget
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

These are all separate story book apps. Each app consists of a store and series of games to go along with the store. Kids can also record themselves reading the story and play it back. The stories can be read to you or you can turn off the automatic reader and read the story yourself. The games always include a jigsaw puzzle and 1 or 2 other games.

Functional Skills:
  • Reading and language
  • Depending on the games - fine motor, visual perceptual, critical thinking, decision making, creative play, etc.
 Injini: Child Development Game Suite (by NCsoft)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Lite version is free, full version is $29.99

This is a great child development game geared toward early childhood and young elementary. The app currently consists of 12 games to promote development including things such as learning colors and shapes, creative play, auditory and visual processing, prewriting, tracing, puzzles, patterns, and more!

Functional Skills:
  • Prewriting and letter formation
  • Patterns
  • Auditory and visual processing
  • Colors
  • Role playing/creative play
  • Matching
  • Visual Perception
  • and more!
 Koi Pond HD (by: Brandon Bogle)
Price (as of 9/12/12): Lite version: Free, Full version: 1.99

This is a fairly simple cause and effect app. Your screen is a fish pond. When you touch the screen, you hear water sounds and the fish swim away. It can actually be quite relaxing.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and effect
  • Relaxation Skills
 Memo Game (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for first two games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

This is a basic memory matching game. It is intended for two players and indicates whose whose turn it is. As far as memory games go, I like this one for young children because the pictures are simple and attractive to kids and it facilitates taking turns.

Functional Skills:
  • Memory, visual processing
  • Taking turns and following directions
 Music Sparkle (by: Kids Games Club)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for lite version, $2.99 for full version

The free version of this app has a xylophone and drum set. This app does not require kids to isolate their finger to make noise - so it will work if they slap it with their whole hand. I use it for cause and effect, but it could also be used for thing like identifying colors.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and Effect
 My First AAC (by: Injini)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $24.99

This is a simple by powerful AAC app. It is very kid friendly and includes premade categories and cards for many words and expressions used at school. It is also customizable so you can add your own pictures and words. It was a little tricky to figure out how to customize when we first started using it, but it seems like it will be a very useful app.

Functional Skills:
  • Communication
 My Profession (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version

This app is a little more abstract but could be used with older kids (maybe not early childhood). You are given pictures of characters dressed as different professions. You have to match the person with the tools/objects he would use in his job.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching
  • Language - identifying professions
 My Scene (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version

This app consists of several interactive scenes. The first two are free, the rest are available with an in app purchase. In each scene, kids select images from a panel on the bottom and drag them into the scene. Images can be rearranged by touching and dragging them. They can be deleted by dragging them back to the bottom panel.

Functional Skills:
  • Language
    • Identify the objects in the scene
    • Tell a story about the scene you created
    • Create a scene to match a story
  • Finger isolation and dragging
 Opposites (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version

This app consists of 12 boards. The first two are free, the rest are available with an in app purchase. Students select an image from either the let or right column and drag it into the box. Then they select the image in the other column that shows its opposite.

Functional Skills:
  • Identifying opposites
  • Finger isolation and dragging
 Photo Touch Colors (by: Grasshopper Apps)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $0.99

This app shows a picture of objects and asks kids to touch a specific color. For example "Touch the pink button." You can change settings to display between 2 and 6 items.

Functional Skills:
  • Identifying and matching colors
Sprout's Doodle Dots (by: PBS Kids Sprout)
Price (as of 8/27/12):

In this app, kids touch the requested color, number, shape, or fruit to "draw" a picture. Each time a dot is touched more of the picture is shown.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching/Identifying colors, numbers, shapes
  • Listening and auditory processing
  • Fine motor - finger isolation
 Thomas and Friends (by: Callaway)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

I got this app for a specific student who is motivated by Thomas. There are 3 activities: painting, a memory game, and a puzzle. I generally use the puzzle and memory game when I use this app.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual perception
  • Memory
  • Taking turns
 Touch Trainer (by: Touch Autism)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $4.99

This is a great cause and effect app. In the full version you can set the size of the button, the number of taps needed to move to the next level, the length of reinforcement, and whether it is activated by any touch or distinct tap.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and effect
  • Finger isolation
 Trackpad Magic Mobile (by Joseph Neumn)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $1.99

This app is similar to a paint program except that you are "painting" with music. As you move your finger across the screen there is a light effect accompanied by instrumental music. There are several different modes to choose from. Some seem more relaxing while others are more energizing. I use it as a cause and effect app. I like that when you stop moving your finger, the music stops so students have more control over playing music and how fast the music plays. I have also used it as a relaxation tool with some kids.

Functional Skills:
  • Cause and effect
  • Finger isolation
  • Relaxation
 UNO (by: Gameloft S.A.)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $0.99

App based off the UNO card game.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching colors and numbers
  • Problem solving - deciding which card to play, what color after a wild, etc
  • Social interaction
  • Fine motor
 Wild Fables (by: Razeware LLC)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for first 2 or 3 books, the rest can be purchased with in app purchase.

These are a series of interactive books based on Aesop Fables. On each page of each book, there are interactive features for kids to explore. The physics with some of the animations is a little wacky, but overall the illustrations and animations are wonderful.

Functional Skills:
  • Finger isolation
  • Cause and effect
  • Reading and language
 Zoo Zoo Safari (by: Zoo Zoo Interactive)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

This app shows a drawing of a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. When you touch the name of the animal, it speaks the name of the letter and the name of the animal. When you touch the animal it does a short animation. I have used it mostly for cause and effect.

Functional Skills:
  • Reading/identifying letters
  • Finger Isolation
  • Cause and Effect