(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:
Grandma's Garden is a fun, educational app with eight mini-games to help toddlers work on their matching, counting, letters, numbers, coloring, shapes, vocabulary and differentiation skills.
It has recently received a Spring and Easter update so you can now help Grandma find Easter eggs too!
FREE for a limited time only!
Bottom Line: Angus the Irritable Bull isn't trying to break over the fence with a new take on the book app medium, but it has certainly done a blue-ribbon job of presenting this cute story by Dean Proudfoot and Daron Parton to young readers. The app is beautifully illustrated, professionally narrated and offers a humorous story with a teachable lesson: sometimes grumpy people don't know why they're grumpy and a good friend can help.
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!
Bottom Line: A child’s imagination can be boundless. In 1000 Adventures by Dada Company, kids get to explore the depths of one little boy’s imagination while he goes on various adventures. Not only do children get to follow along with the story, they also get to help transform the scene into a fun and imaginative adventure. With lots of creative interactions, sound effects and an upbeat story, children will not want to miss out on any of the adventures in this app.
Bottom Line: Vincent is a thoughtful, problem-solving, space-exploring anteater and everything about this app is a bit quirky in the most lovable way. Although navigation can be clunky at times, it's a fun ride. Follow Vincent's quest to find the missing green hairy ants and learn about biodiversity and ecological responsibility in this stop-motion animated story.