5 Positive iPad Apps for Kids


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Special Learning's Communicating Basic Needs
A young boy tries out kids' games on Apple iPads at the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany.
A young boy tries out kids' games on Apple iPads at the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany.
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What it is: provides a way for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other language disabilities to communicate

How it works: The app comes with photos of different foods, drinks, clothing, toys and emotions. To communicate what he wants or needs, the child finds the image on the iPad and shows Mom, Dad or caregiver.

Why we like it: Nonverbal children, such as those with autism, become frustrated when they can't communicate their needs and wants. And caregivers are equally frustrated not knowing how to help. The child can use this app to communicate. In addition, adults can customize the app by enabling or hiding different selections, thereby tailoring the choices specifically for that child's communications needs.

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