New and Noteworthy App Reviews: Special Needs Edition

April 08, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education


Every Tuesday, we spotlight newly reviewed products that received a 4 or 5 editorial rating. Since we're focused this month on Science and Special Education, we wanted to be sure to spotlight products that focus on these themes. This week's list of apps includes a multi-sensory tool that teaches self-direction and follow-through, a simple behavior reinforcement app for kids with autism and an app that teaches wh- questions for kids with language delays.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. Do you use one of these products in your classroom? Consider writing a Field Note to let other educators see how you integrate these tools into your lesson planning. For tips on writing a great Field Note, check out this step-by-step blog post.


First Then Visual Schedule HD
FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD is an excellent tool for creating visual and auditory apps for any child. Its simple, multi-sensory interface has great potential for use with kids with developmental or learning disabilities; anxiety or attention issues; language, hearing, or processing difficulties. Read full review.

Social Stories
Social Stories is a basic tool that fulfills an important need for kids on the autism spectrum. While the platform for creating and telling social stories is relatively basic, the stories themselves -- and their relation to kids' lives -- are where the app's learning potential really lies. Read full review.

QuestionIt is designed to help people with autism and language issues develop and strengthen concepts of language use. Kids sort words by the types of questions they answer, gradually increasing skills until they can answer questions about a paragraph. Read full review.