Bottom Line: This app provides a lot of phonics practice in a simple format, covering identification of beginning, middle and ending sounds. The reading section features five early phonics readers as well. However, the interface is not fancy and there are a few content errors, and the $2.99 price is high.
Bottom Line: This app from Monkimun is superb for teaching kids how to write 24 different Mandarin Chinese characters. It provides leveled tracing practice, the Mandarin pronunciation of the word, and fun interactions with each character. Use it to learn Chinese, or to practice fine motor skills and visual-spatial skills in a new way.
Bottom Line: Phonics: Fun on Farm — Reading, Spelling and Tracing Educational Program packs a multitude of phonics and reading lessons into one easy to use app. Parents and teachers will appreciate the wide range of early reading lessons divided by letter groups, multiple user profiles and progress reports available in this app. This is one of the few educational apps that offers both quantity and quality in its lessons. One-stop shopping for any child learning to read or looking to fine tune reading skills.
(Deanne wrote this on her own blog, Small But Kinda Mighty, and has been kind enough to share it here. I felt bad that one of the apps listed was no longer available, so I added a few in addition to Deanne's picks and made it a TOP 12 FREE Apps for ASD Kids. You are so welcome. — Cynthia)
Gingerheaddad recently asked me to come up with a list of the Top 10 free apps that I would recommend for autistic kids. I said sure, but I also decided to give myself a real challenge with respect to this, so the following criteria apply to ALL of these apps:
Type and Learn HD-S offers kids from preschool to middle school the opportunity to learn using a traditional QWERTY keyboard, from letter recognition and spelling for the younger tots all the way up to free writing for older kids. Their letters and words can be read back to them in a synthesized voice, giving them immediate gratification for their accomplishments.
For children who have difficulty with handwriting, this app could offer a stress-free way to practice spelling, writing and reading. Get it now while it is discounted to $0.99. Save $3!