iLearn App List

iPad Apps at ICAN


At ICAN therapists use a variety of apps to support children in meeting therapy goals, enhancing communication, expanding pretend play, and facilitating social interactions through shared attention and turn-taking. Here are a few of our favorites, categorized by function:

Visual Schedules

Pictures to help your child prepare for the day’s activities and transition more easily from one activity to the next.  Can also be used to show the discrete steps of a complex task for children who struggle with motor planning or executive function.

  • First – Then Visual Schedule

Social Stories

Words and pictures to help your child understand what to expect in a particular situation or to understand what is expected of him/her told in a simple narrative form.  These applications can also be used to lay out the steps of a multi-step activity.  Social stories can increase a child’s independence with activities of daily living (ADLs) and level of peer interaction.

  • Pictello  (by AssistiveWare, the makers of Proloquo2go)
  • Stories 2 learn

Communication

Communication can increase your child’s ability to use language to express likes/dislikes and wants/needs, engage in peer play activities and participate in school or community activities through the use of symbols/icons paired with text and voice output

Full communication apps

  • Touch Chat
  • Proloquo2go
  • SonoFlex (Lite version available)

More basic communication apps

  • Scene Speak
  • Scene & Heard
  • TapSpeak Button/Sequence
  • Answers HD: YesNo
  • iComm
  • Sounding Board

Positive Behavior Support

Technology can be a strong motivator for many children and reinforcement apps can work on increasing positive behaviors like following directions, turn taking, participation, and shared attention.

  • iEarned That
  • Kiddie Activity Timer (free visual timer app)

Pretend Play and Games

Supports the use of imagination, ideation, and exploration, taking turns with peers and using language to request, comment, share attention, and expand play ideas beyond the iPad

  • Toca Boca apps
  • Cookie Doodle
  • Duck, Duck Moose apps

Educational/Learning

Using the motivation of technology, we can work on everything from understanding cause & effect to academic skills like increasing vocabulary, basic math concepts, and literacy skills.

Cause/Effect apps

  • draw with stars
  • pocket pond
  • bubble snap
  • fan
  • Peek-a-boo barn/wild/ocean

Academic apps

  • Park Math
  • Word Wagon
  • Super Why!
  • Kindergarten.com apps
  • Shapebuilder
  • Injini

OT favorite apps

Used for fine motor tasks such as handwriting and coordination

  • Letter School
  • iWriteWords
  • Dora’s Skywriting ABCs

PT favorite apps

To encourage body awareness, gross motor movement

  • Speech with Milo: Verbs
  • Motion Maze

SLP favorite apps

Beyond communication, SLP apps also focus more specifically on receptive language, articulation, morphology and syntax, narrative building, and emotion language

  • ArticPix
  • Toontastic
  • Speech with Milo: (verbs, prepositions, sequencing, interactive storybook)
  • Splingo’s Language Universe
  • iSentence/Language/Story Builder
  • Mouthworks
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App
  • Bag Game

Data collection apps

To simplify recording and organizing therapy data

  • Numbers
  • Percentally

*disclaimer-ICAN has not developed any of these apps nor does ICAN have a relationship with any of the app developers.  Not all apps are appropriate or helpful for all children-please do your own research on apps before purchasing from the app store!.  You can find quite a few demos of apps on YouTube that give you more information than the few screenshots you get in the app store.

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I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for working so patiently with Ryan to help him overcome many of his challenges! You’ve made therapy sessions such a fun experience for him and I’m so happy that he’s developed such a passion for learning. - Ryan's Story