5 Special Needs Apps for Language Skills

April 25, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Tools, Students, Technology Integration

For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring special education apps for language skills. These engaging, thoughtful, and accessible apps help kids with speech challenges build foundational language skills and alternatives means of expression.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List, Special Needs Apps for Social Skills.


LanguageBuilderDeluxe is a useful tool for teaching and learning language skills, especially if adults are nearby to adjust app settings and provide feedback. With LanguageBuilderDeluxe, teachers can set up profiles for multiple kids and adjust the hint difficulty level and photo theme. Read full review.

Starfall ABCs
Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Read full review.

Articulation Station
Articulation Station is an English language articulation and pronunciation tool. It can help kids learn and practice letter sounds and word pronunciation. With 22 letter sounds, kids can practice more than 1,000 target words. Read full review.

Proloquo2Go readily adapts to a kid's current needs once it's customized. Kids are then empowered to learn word recognition, vocabulary, labeling feelings, and speaking skills. The price is hefty, but Proloquo2Go carries its weight by providing kids and teachers with an effective, one-of-a-kind communication tool. Read full review.

News-2-You is a symbols-based newspaper for special-needs students, and this app is its digital version. It includes the symbols system SymbolStix (also used in the augmentative and alternative communication app Proloquo2Go). Read full review.


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